the year-ends project:
2019 (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, below…), 2018, 2017,
201620152014201320122011, 201020092008200720062005
20042003200220012000199919981997199619951994,
19931992, 19911990198919881987198619851984198319821981
1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 19761975, 1970-741965-691960-641955-59
1950-541940-491930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index


2019: Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir: Céline Sciamma)

  2. Parasite (dir: Bong Joon-ho)

  3. Peterloo (dir: Mike Leigh)

  4. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (dir: Quentin Tarantino)

  5. Ash Is Purest White (dir: Jia Zhang-ke)

  6. Ad Astra (dir: James Gray)

  7. The Nightingale (dir: Jennifer Kent)

  8. Uncut Gems (dir: Benny Safdie and Joshua Safdie)

  9. The Irishman (dir: Martin Scorsese)

  10. Asako I & II (dir: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): The Beach Bum (dir: Harmony Korine), Climax (dir: Gaspar Noe), The Dead Don’t Die (dir: Jim Jarmusch), Everybody Knows (dir: Asghar Farhadi), The Farewell (dir: Lulu Wang), Greta (dir: Neil Jordan), A Hidden Life (dir: Terrence Malick), Her Smell (dir: Alex Ross Perry), High Flying Bird (dir: Steven Soderbergh), Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (dir: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter), Hustlers (dir: Lorene Scafaria), Knife+Heart (dir: Yann Gonzalez), Knives Out (dir: Rian Johnson), The Last Black Man in San Francisco (dir: Joe Talbot), The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (dir: Terry Gilliam), The Souvenir (dir: Joanna Hogg), Sunset (dir: László Nemes), Transit (dir: Christian Petzold),Under the Silver Lake (dir: David Robert Mitchell), Waves (dir: Trey Edward Shults), and Wild Rose (dir: Tom Harper)

Adèle Haenel in Céline Sciamma’s  Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Adèle Haenel in Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Film of the Year: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Director: Céline Sciamma Producers: Véronique Cayla, Bénédicte Couvreur
US Distributor: Neon


Bong Joon-ho during press for  Parasite

Bong Joon-ho during press for Parasite

Best Director:
1. Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
2. Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
3. James Gray, Ad Astra
4. Jennifer Kent, The Nightingale
5. Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach’s  Marriage Story

Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story

Best Actor:
1. Adam Driver, Marriage Story
2. Tom Burke, The Souvenir
3. Jonathan Majors, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
4. Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
5. Brad Pitt, Ad Astra

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Tao Zhao in Jia Zhangke’s  Ash Is Purest White

Tao Zhao in Jia Zhangke’s Ash Is Purest White

Best Actress:
1. Tao Zhao, Ash Is Purest White
2. Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose
3. Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell
4. Renée Zelwegger, Judy
5. Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

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Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in Robert Eggers’  The Lighthouse

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
2. Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
3. Al Pacino, The Irishman
4. Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Waves
5. Shia LaBeouf, Honey Boy

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Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino’s  Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood  and Jay Roach’s  Bombshell

Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood and Jay Roach’s Bombshell

Best Supporting Actress
1. Margot Robbie, Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood AND Bombshell
2. Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
3. Fatma Mohamed, In Fabric
4. Florence Pugh, Little Women
5. Shuzhen Zhao, The Farewell

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Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in Céline Sciamma’s  Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Original Screenplay
1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire — Céline Sciamma
2. Peterloo — Mike Leigh
3. High Flying Bird — Tarell Alvin McCraney
4. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood — Quentin Tarantino
5. Knives Out — Rian Johnson

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Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s  The Irishman

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. The Irishman — Steven Zaillian
2. Hustlers — Lorene Scafaria
3. Little Women — Greta Gerwig
4. Jojo Rabbit — Taika Waititi
5. Just Mercy – Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham

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Ruth Negga in James Gray’s  Ad Astra

Ruth Negga in James Gray’s Ad Astra

Best Cinematography
1. Ad Astra — Hoyte van Hoytema
2. Long Day’s Journey Into Night — Yao Hung-i, Jingsong Dong, and David Chizallet
3. The Lighthouse — Jarin Blaschke
4. Parasite — Hong Kyung-pyo
5. Knife+Heart — Simon Beaufils

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Kelvin Harrison, Jr, Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry in Trey Edward Shults’  Waves

Kelvin Harrison, Jr, Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry in Trey Edward Shults’ Waves

Best Film Editing
1. Waves — Isaac Hagy and Trey Edward Shults
2. Parasite — Jinmo Yang
3. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood — Fred Raskin
4. Uncut Gems — Benny Safdie and Ronald Bronstein
5. The Irishman — Thelma Schoonmaker

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Brad Pitt in James Gray’s  Ad Astra

Brad Pitt in James Gray’s Ad Astra

Best Original Score
1. Ad Astra — Max Richter and Lorne Balfe
2. The Lighthouse — Mark Korven
3. Uncut Gems — Daniel Lopatin
4. Midsommar — Bobby Krlic
5. A Hidden Life — James Newton Howard

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Song Kang-ho in Bong Joon-ho’s  Parasite

Song Kang-ho in Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite

Best Production Design
1. Parasite — Lee Ha-jun
2. Sunset — László Rajk, Dorka Kiss and Attila Digi Kövári
3. Jojo Rabbit — Ra Vincent and Nora Sopková
4. Knives Out — David Crank and David Schlesinger
5. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood — Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh

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Juli Jakab in László Nemes’  Sunset

Juli Jakab in László Nemes’ Sunset

Best Costume Design
1. Sunset — Györgyi Szakács
2. Peterloo — Jacqueline Durran
3. Rocketman — Julian Day
4. Portrait of a Lady on Fire — Dorothée Guiraud
5. Little Women — Jacqueline Durran

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Robert Greene’s  Bisbee ‘17

Robert Greene’s Bisbee ‘17

Best Documentary Feature
1. Collective — Alexander Nanau
2. The Kingmaker — Lauren Greenfield
3. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter — Erin Lee Carr
4. The Cave — Feras Fayyad
5. Varda by Agnes — Agnes Varda


Anca Damian’s  Marona’s Fantastic Tale

Anca Damian’s Marona’s Fantastic Tale

Best Animated Feature
1. Marona’s Fantastic Tale — Anca Damian
2. Frozen II — Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
3. Toy Story 4 — Josh Cooley


Best Ensemble Cast: 
(TIE!!)
Peterloo
(dir: Mike Leigh) Neil Bell, Simona Bitmate, Tom Edward-Kane, Rachel Finnegan, Lizzie Frain, Tom Gill, Kenneth Hadley, Harry Hepple, John Paul Hirley, Philip Jackson, Karl Johnson, Rory Kinnear, Lizzy McInnerny, Alastair Mackenzie, Ian Mercer, Tom Meredith, Lisa Millett, David Moorst, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, Roger Sloman, Sam Troughton, and Robert Wilfort

AND

Uncut Gems
(dir: Joshua Safdie and Benny Safdie) Jonathan Aranbayev, Eric Bogosian, Noa Fisher, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Jacob Igielski, Tommy Kominik, Idina Menzel, Keith Williams Richards, Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, and The Weeknd

Best First Feature:
(TIE!!)
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
AND
Alma Har’el, Honey Boy (Narrative Debut)

(top left)  Rory Kinnear (middle) and Neil Bell (right) in Mike Leigh’s  Peterloo   (top right)  Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s  Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé   (bottom left)  Julia Fox and Adam Sandler in the Safdie Brothers’  Uncut Gems   (bottom right)  Noah Jupe and Shia LaBeouf in Alma Har’el’s  Honey Boy

(top left) Rory Kinnear (middle) and Neil Bell (right) in Mike Leigh’s Peterloo (top right) Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
(bottom left) Julia Fox and Adam Sandler in the Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems (bottom right) Noah Jupe and Shia LaBeouf in Alma Har’el’s Honey Boy


the year-ends project:
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016201520142013
20122011, 20102009200820072006200520042003
20022001200019991998199719961995199419931992, 1991
199019891988198719861985198419831982198119801979,
1978, 1977, 19761975,1970-741965-691960-641955-591950-54
1940-491930-39
1920-29 + Superlatives Index