2019 Leaman Awards - The Part-Time Critic

Sunday, June 7, 2020

2019 Leaman Awards


One Sentence Summary: 2019 was a return to form for me - the best and deepest year in film since 2016 - helping to rekindle my desire to continue investing free time in this hobby.

2019 Films Seen: 89
2019 Films Seen in the Theater: 9
Number of Films with A or A+ Grade: 2

2019 Ambassador's List
(Top 25 Films)

Honorable Mentions: 
Cold Pursuit, The King, Spider-Man: Far From Home, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

25. Ford v Ferrari (B)
24. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (B)
23. Terminator: Dark Fate (B)
22. Harriet (B)
21. Ad Astra (B)
20. Fighting with My Family (B)
19. The Irishman (B+)
18. Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood (B+)
17. Uncut Gems (B+)
16. Toy Story 4 (B+)
15. Bombshell (B+)
14. The Highwaymen (B+)
13. Jojo Rabbit (B+)
12. Parasite (B+)
11. Hotel Mumbai (B+)

Top 10: 
10. American Factory (B+) 
9. Honeyland (B+)
8. Richard Jewell (B+) 
7. One Child Nation (B+)
6. Marriage Story (A-)
5. Just Mercy (A-)
4. The Peanut Butter Falcon (A-) 
3. Avengers: Endgame (A-)
2. 1917 (A)
1. The Farewell (A)


Superlative Awards
(Winners Bolded)

Most Surprising Film of 2019
  • Bombshell 
  • The Farewell 
  • Terminator: Dark Fate 
Most Disappointing Film of 2019
  • Knives Out 
  • Triple Threat 
  • Us 
Most Overlooked Film of 2019
  • Hotel Mumbai
  • Just Mercy
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon
Most Overwatched Film of 2019
  • Captain Marvel
  • Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
  • Us
Most Underrated Film of 2019
  • Bombshell
  • The Current War
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon
Most Overrated Film of 2019
  • Booksmart
  • Knives Out
  • Midsommar
Worst Film of the 2019
  • Knives Out
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Midsommar
  • Rambo: Last Blood
  • Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
Eric Bana Award (Best perfomance given in a bad film): Jack Black Jumanji: The Next Level
Best Compilation of Work: Scarlett Johannson for Avengers: Endgame, Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story
Biggest Guilty Pleasure: Midway 

-Technical Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Best Make-Up and Hair Design
  • 1917
  • Bombshell
  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • The King
Best Costume Design 
  • A Hidden Life
  • The Irishman
  • The King
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Best Sound Design
  • 1917
  • Ad Astra
  • Avengers: End Game
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Uncut Gems
Best Original Score 
  • The Farewell
  • The Highwaymen
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • Uncut Gems
Best Visual Effects
  • 1917
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • The Lion King
  • Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
Best Art Direction
  • 1917
  • The Highwaymen
  • The Irishman
  • The King 
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Cinematography
  • 1917
  • The Farewell
  • Joker
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 
  • Uncut Gem
Best Film Editing
  • The Farewell
  • Marriage Story
  • Parasite
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon
  • Uncut Gems

Major Awards
(Winners Bolded)

Best Documentary Feature
  • American Factory
  • Honeyland
  • One Child Nation
Best Animated Feature
  • Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2
  • Toy Story 4
Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Just Mercy
  • Richard Jewell
Best Original Screenplay
  • 1917
  • The Farewell
  • Marriage Story
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon
  • Uncut Gems
Best Supporting Actress 
  • Laura Dern Marriage Story
  • Julia Fox Uncut Gems
  • Yeo-jeong Jo Parasite
  • Scarlett Johansson Jojo Rabbit
  • Shuzhen Zhao The Farewell
Best Supporting Actor 
  • Robert Downey Jr. Avengers: Endgame
  • Woody Harrelson The Highwaymen
  • Joe Pesci The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Kang-Ho Song Parasite
Best Actress 
  • Awkwafina The Farewell
  • Cynthia Erivo Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson Marriage Story
  • Charlize Theron Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger Judy
Best Actor
  • Adam Driver Marriage Story
  • Paul Walter Hauser Richard Jewell
  • Joaquin Phoenix Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce The Two Popes
  • Adam Sandler Uncut Gems
Best Ensemble Acting 
  • The Irishman
  • Marriage Story
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite
  • The Two Popes
Best Director 
  • Noah Baumback Marriage Story
  • Sam Mendes 1917
  • Anthony & Joe Russo Avengers: Endgame
  • LuLu Wang The Farewell
  • Tyler Wilson & Michael Schwartz The Peanut Butter Falcon
Best Picture
  • 1917
  • Avengers: End Game
  • The Farewell
  • Just Mercy
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

Great Dramatic Sequences of 2019
(In Alphabetical Order by Movie 
& All-Time Great Sequences are Bolded)
  • “On Your Left – the Avengers Assemble” -Avengers: Endgame 
  • “Everything is Gone Speech” -The Farewell 
  • “Argument without the Lawyers” -Marriage Story 
  • “Surprising Payoff on the Big Final Bet” -Uncut Gems 
  • “Arriving Upon a Song” -1917 
  • “Running to Stop a Charge” -1917 
  • "Let Me Go” -Ad Astra 
  • “One Minute of Silence Together” -A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 
  • “Born to Run in the School” -Blinded by the Light 
  • "The Billiard Room” -Escape Room 
  • "Saying Goodbye to Nai Nai” -The Farewell 
  • “Saying goodbye to Mom” -Happy Death Day 2U 
  • “Retelling the Candelaria ‘Hands Up’ Story” -The Highwaymen 
  • “Karaoke: I Wanaa Dance With Somebody” -Isn’t It Romantic 
  • “F-Off Hitler” -Jojo Rabbit 
  • “Mayer with Judy on the set of Wizard of Oz” -Judy 
  • “Herb is Executed to ‘The Old Rugged Cross’” -Just Mercy 
  • “You’ve been Served” -Marriage Story 
  • “Being Alive” -Marriage Story 
  • “A Former Mid-Wife Recounts her Past Sins & Deeds to Make Up” -One Child Nation 
  • "A Drunken Night Births the Peanut Butter Falcon” -The Peanut Butter Falcon 
  • “Final Interview with the FBI” -Richard Jewell
  • "Raiding Lorea’s Safe House” -Triple Frontier
Top 10 Action Sequences of 2019

10. “Marine Scott Adkins vs. Ip Man” -Ip Man 4: The Finale
9. “Finale: Exposing Mysterio in London” -Spider-Man: Far From Home
8. “Illusion Overwhelm: Mysterio vs Spider-Man” -Spider-Man: Far From Home
7. “Opener: From the Car Factory to the Highways” -Terminator: Dark Fate
6. “Finale - Showdown in Four Parts” -Triple Threat
5. “Casablanca Shootout Plus Dogs” -John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
4. “Finale: Two Shootouts and Two Levels of Fights” -John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
3. “Battling it out in a Gun and Knife Collector's Shop” -John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
2. “Battle of Agincourt” -The King
1. “Finale: The Avengers vs. Thanos” -Avengers: Endgame



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