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A-Ron’s Hawai’i Film Critics Nominees 2019

As a member of the Hawai’i Film Critics Society, every year right before the Oscars we get to select our choice nominees for all major categories during the award season. We select the nominees and our founder Barry Wurst submits them to the studios and press outlets. Once the final list of nominees are finalized, we then vote on the best of the year through the list. Our final winners have been recognized before by celebrities and studios, who have thanked us for choosing them as the best of the year. I wanted to share my list of nominee choices for all major categories. Enjoy!

BEST PICTURE:

  1. Rocketman
  2. Dark Waters
  3. Marriage Story
  4. The Current War
  5. The Public 
  6. 1917
  7. Ford v Ferrari

BEST DIRECTOR:

  1. Dexter Fletcher – Rocketman
  2. Todd Haynes – Dark Waters
  3. Sam Mendes – 1917
  4. Martin Scorsese – Irishman 
  5. Alfonso Gomez Rejon – The Current War
  6. James Mangold – Ford v Ferrari

BEST ACTOR:

  1. Taron Egerton – Rocketman
  2. Adam Driver – Marriage Story
  3. Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari
  4. Robert De Niro – Irishman
  5. Mark Ruffalo – Dark Waters
  6. Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

BEST ACTRESS:

  1. Charlize Theron – Bombshell
  2. Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
  3. Lupita Nyong’o – US
  4. Felicity Jones – The Aeronauts 
  5. Julianne Moore – Gloria Bell
  6. Renee Zellweger – Judy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

  1. Joe Pesci – Irishman
  2. Anthony Hopkins – Two Popes
  3. Ray Liotta – Marriage Story
  4. Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy
  5. John Lithgow – Bombshell

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

  1. Nicole Kidman – Bombshell
  2. Laura Dern – Marriage Story
  3. Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
  4. Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
  5. Caitrione Balfe – Ford v Ferrari

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  1. Bombshell
  2. Two Popes
  3. Ford v Ferrari
  4. Marriage Story
  5. Booksmart

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  1. Irishman
  2. Motherless Brooklyn
  3. JoJo Rabbit
  4. Dark Waters
  5. Downton Abbey

BEST ART DIRECTION:

  1. JoJo Rabbit
  2. 1917
  3. Joker
  4. Downton Abbey
  5. Motherless Brooklyn
  6. The Kitchen
  7. The King
  8. Rocketman

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

  1. JoJo Rabbit
  2. Bombshell
  3. Rocketman
  4. The King
  5. Downton Abbey
  6. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  1. 1917
  2. Motherless Brooklyn
  3. Joker
  4. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood 
  5. A Hidden Life
  6. Ford v Ferrari
  7. The Lighthouse
  8. The King

BEST EDITING:

  1. 1917
  2. The Current War
  3. Ford v Ferrari
  4. Irishman
  5. Joker

BEST ANIMATED FILM:

  1. Abominable 
  2. Frozen 2
  3. How To Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World
  4. Secret Life Of Pets 2
  5. Wonder Park
  6. Toy Story 4

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

  1. Blink Of An Eye
  2. Apollo 11
  3. Echo In The Canyon
  4. Bob Dylan – Rolling Thunder Revue

Best Make-Up:

  1. Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker
  2. Bombshell
  3. Rocketman
  4. Joker
  5. Judy 

Best Sound:

  1. 1917
  2. Ford v Ferrari
  3. The Lighthouse 
  4. The Aeronauts 
  5. Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker
  6. 6 Underground

Best Original Score:

  1. Joker
  2. JoJo Rabbit
  3. 1917
  4. US
  5. The King
  6. Motherless Brooklyn 

Best Song: 

  1. I’m Gonna Love Me Again – Elton John and Taron Egerton – Rocketman
  2. Into The Unkown – Indina Menzel – Frozen 2
  3. Speechless – Naomi Scott – Aladdin
  4. Stand Up – Cynthia Erivo – Harriett
  5. Never Too Late – Elton John – The Lion King

Best Visual Effects: 

  1. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker 
  2. Avengers Endgame
  3. Gemini Man
  4. Irishman
  5. Laura Battle Angel
  6. 6 Underground
  7. Captain Marvel
  8. Terminator Dark Fate
  9. 1917

Best Stunt Work:

  1. The King
  2. Avengers End Game
  3. Gemini Man
  4. Ford v Ferrari
  5. 1917
  6. 6 Underground 

BEST NEW FILMMAKER:

  1. Andrea Berloff – The Kitchen
  2. Robert D Krzykowski – The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot 
  3. Tyler Nilsson and Michael Schwartz – Peanut Butter Falcon
  4. Michael Engler – Downton Abbey
  5. Melina Matsoukas – Queen and Slim

BEST FIRST FILM:

  1. The Kitchen
  2. The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot 
  3. Downton Abbey 
  4. Queen and Slim
  5. Peanut Butter Falcon

BEST OVERLOOKED FILM: 

  1. The Public
  2. The Current War
  3. Motherless Brooklyn
  4. The Goldfinch
  5. The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot 
  6. The Kitchen
  7. Serenity
  8. Fast Color
  9. Harriet

BEST VOCAL/MOTION CAPTURE PERFORMANCE:

  1. Kristen Bell – Frozen 2
  2. Jenny Slate – Secret Life Of Pets 2
  3. Josh Brolin – Avengers Endgame
  4. Chloe Bennet – Abominable 

Best Horror Film:

  1. US
  2. IT – Chapter Two
  3. Ready Or Not
  4. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
  5. 3 From He’ll
  6. Velvet Buzzsaw

Best Comic Book Movie:

  1. Avengers Endgame
  2. Captain Marvel
  3. Joker
  4. Hellboy
  5. Shazam

Best Sci-Fi Film:

  1. Freaks 
  2. Akita Battle Angel
  3. Terminator Dark Fate
  4. Fast Color

Best Foreign Language Film:

N/A

Best Hawaiian Film:

N/A

Worst Film of 2019:

  1. Cats
  2. Ad Astra
  3. Knives Out
  4. Glass
  5. Yesterday 
  6. Men In Black International 
  7. The Lion King
  8. Gemini Man

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About Aron Medeiros

Aron Medeiros
Aron Medeiros lives on the beautiful island of Maui. He is a member of The Hawaii Film Critics Society, movie critic for Maui Watch, a commentator and cast member of the NerdWatch pod cast. He is a 2003 graduate from King Kekaulike High School. His favorite film of all time is “Back To The Future”. He has worked at Consolidated Kaahumanu Theaters for nearly 13 years as a Sales Associate and making his way up to Assistant Manager. He has loved movies since he was a young boy, learning about movies from his Grandfather and being self taught.

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