IJR Awards 2019: Film Nominations Announced

It is finally time for me to announce my own personal film nominations for the 7th I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards. Sure, we’re in 2020 now, but I needed some time to watch some of the films that weren’t released until January 2020 in Denmark to properly celebrate 2019 films.

There will be a couple of surprises here, and I’m not just talking about the nominees. There are a couple of completely new categories listed below. Each new category will have an asterisk next to it. Well, let’s get to it.


Awards Without Nominations


The following two categories are without nominees. Instead, I will reveal the winner when all of the winners are announced.

  • Film Legend Award – Celebrating a legend in the film industry.
  • Best Body of Work: Acting* – Sometimes actors appear in multiple films in a year. Therefore this award celebrates one actor’s body of work.

Film – Documentary


BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • American Factory — Netflix
  • Apollo 11 — Neon / Universal Pictures
  • At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal — HBO
  • Cold Case Hammarskjold — Magnolia Pictures
  • Knock Down the House — Netflix

Film – Breakthrough


BEST ACHIEVEMENT BY A RISING STAR: FILMMAKING

  • el-Toukhy, May — Queen of Hearts (Original Title: ‘Dronningen’)
  • Mitchell, David Robert — Under the Silver Lake
  • Penna, Joe — Arctic
  • Scafaria, Lorene — Hustlers
  • Wilde, Olivia — Booksmart

Though Jordan Peele and Ari Aster have only made two films, they have both won this award previously, which is why I have decided that they are ineligible for the Rising Star: Filmmaking-award going forward.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A RISING STAR: ACTING

  • Butters, Julia — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • de Armas, Ana — Knives Out
  • MacKay, George — 1917
  • Park So-Dam — Parasite
  • Pugh, Florence — Midsommar

Film – Promotional


BEST MOVIE POSTER

  • Ad Astra — IMAX Poster (LINK)
  • Child’s Play — Toy Story 4 Parody (LINK)
  • Marriage Story — His and Hers Posters (LINK)
  • Parasite — The Scholar’s Rock and the Reflection (LINK)
  • Us — Behind the Mask (LINK)

With Marriage Story, this is the first time two posters have been nominated as one entry.

BEST MOVIE TRAILER

  • Avengers: Endgame — Official Trailer (LINK)
  • Joker — Teaser Trailer (LINK)
  • Knives Out — Official Trailer #1 (LINK)
  • Marriage Story — Official Trailer (LINK)
  • Wonder Woman 1984 — Official Trailer (LINK)

Reminder: In the movie trailer-category, films that haven’t been released yet can be nominated, so long as the trailer was released in 2019.


Film – Moments


UNFORGETTABLE MOVIE QUOTE OF THE YEAR

  • “I love you 3000.” — Avengers: Endgame
  • “Was that Cardi B?” — Booksmart
  • “They wouldn’t dare.” — The Irishman
  • “You’re an American. Just jam yourself in there.” — Midsommar
  • “We’re Americans.” — Us

UNFORGETTABLE SCENE OR SEQUENCE OF THE YEAR

  • Avengers Assemble — Avengers: Endgame
  • Being Alive — Marriage Story
  • Don’t Shut the Door All the Way — The Irishman
  • Manson Family Break In — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • The Parks Return Home and the Kims Hide — Parasite

Film – Below-the-Line


BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Deakins, Roger — 1917
  • Prieto, Rodrigo — The Irishman
  • Richardson, Robert — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Sher, Lawrence — Joker
  • van Hoytema, Hoyte — Ad Astra

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

  • Carter, Ruth E. — Dolemite Is My Name
  • Day, Julian — Rocketman
  • Eagan, Jenny — Knives Out
  • Phillips, Arianne — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Travers, Mitchell — Hustlers

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN*

  • Crank, David — Knives Out
  • Gassner, Dennis — 1917
  • Lee Ha-jun — Parasite
  • Ling, Barbara — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Shaw, Bob — The Irishman

BEST FILM EDITING*

  • Buckland, Andrew, and Michael McCusker — Ford v Ferrari (Le Mans ’66)
  • Douglas Miller, Todd — Apollo 11 (Documentary)
  • Raskin, Fred — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Schoonmaker, Thelma — The Irishman
  • Yang Jin-mo — Parasite

BEST FILM SCORE

  • Guðnadóttir, Hildur — Joker
  • Newman, Randy — Marriage Story
  • Newman, Thomas — 1917
  • Richter, Max, and Lorne Balfe — Ad Astra
  • Silvestri, Alan — Avengers: Endgame

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS IN A FILM

  • Ad Astra — 20th Century Fox
  • Alita: Battle Angel — 20th Century Fox
  • Avengers: Endgame — Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • The Irishman — Netflix
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures Releasing

Film – Above-the-Line


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS OR VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FILM

  • Brolin, Josh — Avengers: Endgame
  • De Niro, Robert — The Irishman
  • Pacino, Al — The Irishman
  • Pesci, Joe — The Irishman
  • Salazar, Rosa — Alita: Battle Angel

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FILM

  • Hopkins, Anthony — The Two Popes
  • Pacino, Al — The Irishman
  • Pesci, Joe — The Irishman
  • Pitt, Brad — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Song Kang-ho — Parasite

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FILM

  • Cho Yeo-Jeong — Parasite
  • Dern, Laura — Marriage Story
  • Lee Jung-eun — Parasite
  • Lopez, Jennifer — Hustlers
  • Robbie, Margot — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FILM

  • Banderas, Antonio — Pain and Glory (Original Title: ‘Dolor y Gloria’)
  • De Niro, Robert — The Irishman
  • Driver, Adam — Marriage Story
  • Phoenix, Joaquin — Joker
  • Sandler, Adam — Uncut Gems

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FILM

  • de Armas, Ana — Knives Out
  • Dyrholm, Trine — Queen of Hearts (Original Title: ‘Dronningen’)
  • Johansson, Scarlett — Marriage Story
  • Nyong’o, Lupita — Us
  • Pugh, Florence — Midsommar

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A FILM

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • Knives Out
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING A FILM – ADAPTED

  • Markus, Christopher, and Stephen McFeely — Avengers: Endgame
  • McCarten, Anthony — The Two Popes
  • Scafaria, Lorene — Hustlers
  • Stanton, Andrew, and Stephany Folsom — Toy Story 4
  • Zaillian, Steven — The Irishman

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING A FILM – ORIGINAL

  • Almodóvar, Pedro — Pain and Glory (Original Title: ‘Dolor y Gloria’)
  • Baumbach, Noah — Marriage Story
  • Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won — Parasite
  • Johnson, Rian — Knives Out
  • Tarantino, Quentin — Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING A FILM

  • Bong Joon-ho — Parasite
  • Mendes, Sam — 1917
  • Safdie, Josh, and Benny Safdie — Uncut Gems
  • Scorsese, Martin — The Irishman
  • Tarantino, Quentin — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 

Film – Best Movies


BEST SEQUEL, PREQUEL, OR REMAKE

  • Avengers: Endgame — Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Doctor Sleep — Warner Bros. Pictures
  • John Wick 3 — Lionsgate
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Toy Story 4 — Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — Universal Pictures
  • I Lost My Body (Original Title: ‘J’ai perdu mon corps’) — Netflix
  • Klaus — Netflix 
  • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part — Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Toy Story 4 — Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

BEST DANISH FILM*

  • Before the Frost (Original Title: ‘Før Frosten’) — dir. Michael Noer.
  • Cold Case Hammarskjöld — dir. Mads Brügger.
  • Cutterhead — dir. Rasmus Kloster Bro.
  • Kursk — dir. Thomas Vinterberg.
  • Queen of Hearts (Original Title: ‘Dronningen’) — dir. May el-Toukhy.

Since I come from Denmark, I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate at least one Danish film each year, therefore I decided to create this award. Films made by Danish directors are eligible to win this award, even if they are not made in Denmark or by Danish production companies.

BEST NON-AMERICAN FILM

  • 1917 — British
  • Arctic — International Co-Production
  • Pain and Glory (Original Title: ‘Dolor y Gloria’) — Spanish
  • Parasite — South Korean
  • Queen of Hearts (Original Title: ‘Dronningen’) — Danish

BEST FILM 

  • 1917 — Universal Pictures
  • The Irishman — Netflix
  • Marriage Story — Netflix
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Parasite — CJ Entertainment

The winners will be announced on February 12th, 2020.


– Jeffrey Rex Bertelsen.

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