‘Hollywood’, ‘Marriage Story’ Top Houston Film Critics Award Nominations


Quentin Tarantino’s colorful recreation of late 1960s Los Angeles, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” garnered the most nominations for the 13th Houston Film Critics Society Awards for Best Films of 2019, a-t -it was announced on Sunday.

The film’s seven nominations include nominations for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Noah Baumbach’s marital discord drama “Marriage Story” and Bong Joon Ho’s quirky South Korean thriller “Parasite” follow close behind with six nominations each. Sam Mendes’ World War I drama ‘1917’, Martin Scorsese’s mafia epic ‘The Irishman’ and Lulu Wang’s family reminiscence ‘The Farewell’ each racked up five nominations.

In total, prizes will be awarded in 17 categories, including Best Movie Poster, Texas Independent Film and Best Newly Created Stunt Coordination Team.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. on January 2 at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Tickets are $9 and also include admission to the post-show reception.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to pioneering filmmaker and iconoclast Roger Corman, who will also be on hand to screen his 1963 film, ‘The Masque of the Red Death,’ starring Vincent Price, at the museum on January 3.. For more information on tickets, go to mfah.org.

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So far, the continent’s various groups of film critics have come up with a split decision on the best film of the year. “Parasite” was named Best Picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, Toronto Film Critics Association, Detroit Film Critics Society, Phoenix Critics Circle, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, Southeastern Film Critics Association and the Atlanta Film Critics Circle. “The Irishman” nabbed first place at the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle Awards and San Diego Film Critics Society Awards. “The Irishman” also topped the Seattle Film Critics Society nominations with 10.

The DFW Film Critics Association and the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle withstood the ‘Parasite’ vs. ‘Irishman’ battle by awarding their top prizes to ‘1917’ and Rian Johnson’s murder mystery, ‘Knives Out’, respectively.

The Houston Film Critics Society includes approximately 40 members from Houston, San Antonio, and Southeast Texas who review films for online, print, or broadcast media.

Here are the HFCS nominees:

Image: “1917”, “Knives Out”, “Jojo Rabbit”, “Joker”, “Marriage Story”, “Parasite”, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”, “The Irishman”, “The Farewell”, “Uncut Gems ” ”

REVIEW: “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

Director: Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”; Sam Mendes, “1917”; Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”; Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”; Lulu Wang, “The Farewell”

Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”; Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”; Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite is My Name”; Adam Sandler, “Uncut Gems”; Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Actress: Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”; Awkwafina, “The Farewell”; Renee Zellweger, “Judy”; Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”; Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”; Lupita Nyong’o, “We”

Supporting actor: Willem Dafoe, “The Lighthouse”; Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”; Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”; Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”; Al Pacino, “The Irishman”

REVIEW: “The Irishman”

Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”; Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”; Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”; Florence Pugh, “Little Women”; Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”; Zhao Shuzhen, “The Farewell”

Script: “Knives Out”, “Marriage Story”, “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”, “The Farewell”, “Parasite”

Animated Feature: “Frozen II”, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”, “I Lost My Body”, “Missing Link”, “Toy Story 4”

Cinematography: “1917”, “Joker”, “Once upon a time… in Hollywood”, “Parasite”, “The Irishman”

REVIEW: “Parasite”

Film in foreign language: “Atlantic”, “Corpus Christi”, “Parasite”, “Les Miserables”, “Monos” “Pain and Glory”

Documentary: “American Factory”, “Apollo 11”, “The Biggest Little Farm”, “For Sama”, “Hail Satan?”, “They Won’t Get Old”

Original score: “1917”, “Joker”, “Little Women”, “Marriage Story”, “Us”

REVIEW: “Marriage Story”

Original song: “Glasgow” from “Wild Rose”; “Home to You” from “The Aeronauts”; “I Hit Keanu Reeves” from “Always Be My Maybe”; “(I’ll) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”; “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”; “Get Up” from “Harriet”

Visual effects: “1917”, “Ad Astra”, “Avengers: Endgame”

Stunt Coordination Team: “Crawl,” “Ford vs. Ferrari,” “Fury,” “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” “Shadow”

Movie Poster Art: “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”, “Birds of Passage”, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”, “Parasite”, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Texas Independent Film Awards: “Bull”, “Building the American Dream”, “Seadrift”, “Nothing Stays the Same: The Saxon Pub Story”, “Sleeping in Plastic”



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