Stay tuned and refresh the page. Editor-In-Chief Adam Kautzer is covering the Press Room and all the going on’s at the Awards Show.
NOTE there is a lot of video that will be updated on this page of the winners discussing their films and wins.
4:30 PM – BEST FILM goes to THE FAREWELL!!!! Congratulations, Lulu Wang!!!!
4:20 PM – BEST FEMALE LEAD goes to RENEE ZELLWEGER!!!!
4:11 PM – BEST MALE LEAD goes to THE SANDMAN!!! Sandler jumps on stage and gives a real speech … funny as hell. That Billy Madison voice. Damn. “The guys who lost Adam fucking Sandler”, you are a genius. Yes, you were snubbed. Fucking A!!! You’re a god. You made me laugh when I needed it most. You’re a mensch for thanking all your comedy cast and crew. Dude, you’re the most real.
4:02 PM – BEST DIRECTOR goes JOSH and BENNY SAFDIE for UNCUT GEMS… Your speech is classic Uncut Gems!!! You are heroes. The Oscars don’t deserve you guys.
3:50 PM – Sometimes going to the restroom pays dividends. Like that time I ran into JOSH SAFDIE!!!! The gent was a mensch beyond compare. Letting me geek out with you was a highlight. Letting me a total dork and get a selfie… the best sir.
3:50 PM – The Gay Men’s Chorus ode to the Gayest Moments of 2019 has to be one of the best video montage moments and musical numbers of recent memory. All hail the Laura Dern.
3:45 PM – THE ALTMAN AWARD is presented by Nic Cage to A MARRIAGE STORY is the strangest but most fitting award presenter. Baumbach’s speech is fitting honoring Altman. Yes, you should have cast Nic Cage, Baumbach.
3:39 PM – BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE goes to ZHAO SHUZEN in an upset!!! Go team FAREWELL.
3:35 PM – Video proof of my questions asked to Dafoe and Bong will be up after the show.
3:30 PM – I asked BONG JOON-HO a question… He, through his translator, answered in the most Bong Joon-ho manner. I can die a happy film critic.
3:25 PM – GIVE ME LIBERTY wins JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD. The award is given to a feature made for less than $500,000.
3:22 PM – BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY goes to NOAH BAUMBACH
3:15 PM – BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM goes to PARASITE!!! Go, Bong Hive. He’s getting a standing ovation. He’s earned this. Hopefully, the Oscars feel the same. Love his joke about his wonderful translator.
3:10 PM – THE LIGHTHOUSE parody with Michael Shannon is too damn much.
3:05 PM – BEST FIRST FEATURE goes to OLIVIA WILDE’S BOOKSMART
3:00 PM – SEE YOU YESTERDAY wins BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY for screenwriters Fredrica Bailey and Stefon Bristol
2:42 PM – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY goes to THE LIGHTHOUSE
2:40 PM – Kelly Reichart gets a mid-career award aka The Bonnie Award! This is the third time this specific award has been given out to a female filmmaker in support of their talent!
2:35 PM – BEST DOCUMENTARY goes to AMERICAN FACTORY (Go The Obamas)
2:33 PM – BEST EDITING goes to UNCUT GEMS
2:20 PM – Willem Dafoe enters the press room. The guy is amazingly generous. I got to answer him a question about the Lobster Speech. He even stands up against the inevitable Batman and Superhero questions. Fantastic. Video soon.
2:14 PM – BEST SUPPORTING MALE goes to Willem Dafoe and his amazing mustache.
2:06 PM – New Goal… get a selfie with Nicholas FRIGGIN Cage!!!
2:05 PM – Aubrey is doing a whole Judy Garland musical number.
2:00 PM – The show begins with Josh Miller (the founder of Film Independent) and Aubrey Plaza doing her Aubrey Plaza thing.
12:45 PM – In the Pressroom after the Press Line. Unfortunately, we could not get that Matthias Schoenaerts selfie or video that Marie wanted. Maybe after the awards!
Let’s start with the nominees!!! As you can tell these nominees are very different from the Academy Awards.
A HIDDEN LIFE
Robert Eggers – THE LIGHTHOUSE
Alma Har’el – HONEY BOY
Julius Onah – LUCE
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie – UNCUT GEMS
Lorene Scafaria – HUSTLERS
Best First Feature
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
SEE YOU YESTERDAY
Best Female Lead
Karen Allen – COLEWELL
Hong Chau – DRIVEWAYS
Elisabeth Moss – HER SMELL
Mary Kay Place – DIANE
Alfre Woodard – CLEMENCY
Renée Zellweger – JUDY
Best Male Lead
Chris Galust – GIVE ME LIBERTY
Kelvin Harrison Jr. – LUCE
Robert Pattinson – THE LIGHTHOUSE
Adam Sandler – UNCUT GEMS
Matthias Schoenaerts – THE MUSTANG
Best Supporting Female
Jennifer Lopez – HUSTLERS
Taylor Russell – WAVES
Zhao Shuzhen – THE FAREWELL
Lauren “Lolo” Spencer – GIVE ME LIBERTY
Octavia Spencer – LUCE
Best Supporting Male
Willem Dafoe – THE LIGHTHOUSE
Noah Jupe – HONEY BOY
Shia Labeouf – HONEY BOY
Jonathan Majors – THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
Wendell Pierce – BURNING CANE
Noah Baumbach – MARRIAGE STORY
Jason Begue, Shawn Snyder – TO DUST
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie – UNCUT GEMS
Chinonye Chukwu – CLEMENCY
Tarell Alvin Mccraney – HIGH FLYING BIRD
Best First Screenplay
Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol – SEE YOU YESTERDAY
Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen – DRIVEWAYS
Bridget Savage Cole, Danielle Krudy – BLOW THE MAN DOWN
Jocelyn Deboer, Dawn Luebbe – GREENER GRASS
James Montague, Craig W. Sanger – THE VAST OF NIGHT
Todd Banhazl – HUSTLERS
Jarin Blaschke – THE LIGHTHOUSE
Natasha Braier – HONEY BOY
Chananun Chotrungroj – THE THIRD WIFE
Pawel Pogorzelski – MIDSOMMAR
Julie Béziau – THE THIRD WIFE
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie – UNCUT GEMS
Tyler L. Cook – SWORD OF TRUST
Louise Ford – THE LIGHTHOUSE
Kirill Mikhanovsky – GIVE ME LIBERTY
John Cassavetes Award
GIVE ME LIBERTY
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
Robert Altman Award