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Marriage Story leads bizarre Florida Film Critics Circle award nominations

Updated: Dec 24, 2019

Donald Sutherland, Brad Pitt and Sean Blakemore in James Gray's Ad Astra
Donald Sutherland, Brad Pitt and Sean Blakemore in Ad Astra

Take a brief look at the nominations for the Florida Film Critics Circle's 2019 awards and you might wonder if something's up with their voting system. Three nominations per category here, seven nominations there - it all seems a bit haphazard, right? But then take a closer look at the nominations and you might wonder if something's also up with their tastes. This is a weird bunch, and not because it bravely resists the tired old awards season narrative, but because it appears to both resist it and succumb to it.

See, for example, the curious absence of Parasite in Best Picture and Director. See Little Women making a Director lineup of three but otherwise showing up only twice, and not even in a Supporting Actress lineup of seven. See top awards contenders like Lupita Nyong'o and Martin Scorsese... or rather, don't see them, because they're not here. See sporadic, and welcome, support for movies like A Hidden Life and Weathering with You, and then see the less welcome near-total omission of POC in directing and acting categories. It's all very, very odd.

Winners will be announced on Monday, the 23rd of December.

Best Picture


Ad Astra

The Irishman

Marriage Story

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Director

Greta Gerwig (Little Women)

Sam Mendes (1917)

Celine Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire)

Best Actress

Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)

Elisabeth Moss (Her Smell)

Florence Pugh (Midsommar)

Charlize Theron (Bombshell)

Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas (Pain & Glory)

Adam Driver (Marriage Story)

Taron Egerton (Rocketman)

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Franz Rogowski (Transit)

Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)

Best Supporting Actress

Annette Bening (The Report)

Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Isla Fisher (The Beach Bum)

Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)

Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)

Margot Robbie (Bombshell)

Zhao Shu Zhen (The Farewell)

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood)

Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)

John Lithgow (Bombshell)

Joe Pesci (The Irishman)

Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood)

Best Original Screenplay

Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)

Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (Parasite)

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie (Uncut Gems)

Celine Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire)

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood)

Lulu Wang (The Farewell)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood)

Greta Gerwig (Little Women)

Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life)

Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)

Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit)

Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins (1917)

Claire Mathon (Portrait of a Lady on Fire)

Hoyte van Hoytema (Ad Astra)

Jord Widmer (A Hidden Life)

Best Art Direction / Production

Kevin Constant, Christa Munro, Alison Sadler, David Scott and Gary Warsaw (Ad Astra)

Simon Elsley, Elaine Kusmishko, Rod McLean, Niall Moroney, Stephen Swain and Robert Voyset (1917)

Barbara Ling (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood)

Best Score

Hildur Gudnadottir (Joker)

Daniel Lopatin (Uncut Gems)

Randy Newman (Marriage Story)

Thomas Newman (1917)

Max Richter (Ad Astra)

Best Visual Effects

Ad Astra

Alita: Battle Angel

Avengers: Endgame

Best Ensemble

The Farewell

The Irishman

Little Women

Marriage Story


Best Animated Film

Frozen II

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Toy Story 4

Weathering with You

Best Documentary

American Factory

Apollo 11

The Biggest Little Farm


Best Foreign Language Film

The Farewell

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Pain & Glory


Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Breakout Award

Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit)

Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family / Little Women / Midsommar)

Honor Swinton Byrne (The Souvenir)

Lulu Wang (The Farewell)

Best First Film



The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Queen & Slim

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