The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association voted 1917 as the best film of 2019. The Russell Smith Award for best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film went to The Lighthouse.
PARASITE (GISAENGCHUNG) (2019)
NAME OF FILM: PARASITE (GISAENGCHUNG) (2019)
DIRECTOR(S): Bong Joon-ho
STARRING: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
GENRE: Comedy Film
SYNOPSIS: In Bong Joon-ho’s exhilarating new film, a threadbare family of four struggling to make ends meet gradually hatches a scheme to work for, and as a result infiltrate, the wealthy household of an entrepreneur, his seemingly frivolous wife, and their troubled kids. How they go about doing this—and how their best-laid plans spiral out to destruction and madness—constitutes one of the wildest, scariest, and most unexpectedly affecting movies in years, a portrayal of contemporary class resentment that deservedly won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. As with all of this South Korean filmmaker’s best works, Parasite is both rollicking and ruminative in its depiction of the extremes to which human beings push themselves in a world of unending, unbridgeable economic inequality.
Marriage Story won the top prizes at the 2019 Indiana Film Journalists Association awards – including Best Film, along with Best Actor for Adam Driver.
Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is the big winner this year with the Seattle Film Critics Society winning five awards, including Best Picture of the Year and Best Foreign Language Film.
The Souvenir lead nominations for the 40th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards with 7 nominations, including Film, Actor for Tom Burke and Supporting Actress for Tilda Swinton.
The Academy announced shortlists for the 92nd Academy Awards in nine categories including Documentary Feature, International Feature Film, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects.
Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story and Matthew Rankin’s The Twentieth Century lead all films in the nominations for 2019 Vancouver Film Critics Circle award.
The Chicago Film Critics Association announced the nominees for their top film honors of 2019. Nominees include Atlantics, Honey Boy, Hail Satan?, Transit and Uncut Gems.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, MARRIAGE STORY, PARASITE Among Films Nominated for Phoenix Critics Circle 2019 Awards
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Marriage Story, and Parasite are among the films nominated by the Phoenix Critics Circle for the best films of 2019 awards.
“Marriage Story,” “Parasite,” “JoJo Rabbit,” “The Two Popes,” “Booksmart,” and “Waves” are among the films nominated for St. Louis Film Critics Association’s 2019 awards.
Parasite took the top spot among films released in 2019 in Film Comment’s annual end-of-year survey, and State Funeral received the top rankings for non-distributed films.
Marriage Story scored Best Actor nominations for Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson; and the Parasite receive Outstanding Performance by a Cast nomination for 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Parasite was named Best Picture of 2019 by Los Angeles Film Critics. Other awards went to Ja’Tovia Gary’s The Giverny Document for Best Independent Film and American Factory for Best Documentary.