Gonzo Grunts Film Journalists Association ruins their 1st Awards Nominations: Updated with Winners

You’re in charge of the Gonzo Grunts Film Journalists Association?

Well, someone has become the elder statesman of Kentucky Online Movie Media by default. While trying to move through the lists of who is still covering material and actively writing, I’ve learned that there are only 24 hours in a day. So, while I’ve slowly been losing my mind this Fall, I’ve also been bringing together the GGFA. It’s like the Justice League, but no one took us away from Zack Snyder and let Joss Whedon get his sticky fingers all over it.

My first step was re-naming the association, as I wanted to expand its focus. The amount of meetings on a name that could work was offset by our battles with the possible corporate sponsor for our year-end Awards coverage. While that sponsor has rescheduled for later in 2019, we moved forward with what we had.

The amazing Matt Garretson has been working on a logo, but we still haven’t figured out how we want to make it pop. That’ll come in time. For now, enjoy the fledgling first effort at an Awards ceremony for the rest of us.

What’s the criteria?

For a film to be nominated, it would have done one of the following:

  1. Screened at a film festival at any non Top 20 market.
  2. Been made available for more than a single non major market film critic to screen
  3. Been available in limited or wide-release outside of both coasts.
  4. Have been shot, financed or produced outside of a dedicated Film Office.

Who voted?

A carefully selected charter group of film critics looking to desperately carve out an identity for Middle America’s underappreciated film and film press community.

In the future, the membership will grow as a full calendar year will afford us more opportunities to foster film press and film press relations in the state.

I’m a non-Coastal film critic, Arts writer, Film Society member and/or amateur film complainer. How do I join?

As I inherited this role rather rapidly in the back half of 2018, we’ll have more defined rules going forward. As of now, contact AndersonVision on Twitter @AVCentral. We will be in contact on future voting and related matters.

Now, the nominees….

The First Annual Gonzo Grunts Awards

Winners marked in Black. We had some arguments over the scoring for two categories, hence the delay.

Best Picture

  • BlackKklansman
  • A Star is Born
  • Roma
  • Vice
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Eighth Grade

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
  • Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
  • Spike Lee (BlackKklansman)
  • John Krasinski (A Quiet Place)
  • Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born)

Best Actor

  • Christian Bale (Vice)
  • Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
  • Nicolas Cage (Mandy)
  • Robert Redford (The Old Man and The Gun)
  • Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

Best Actress

  • Lady Gaga (A Star is Born)
  • Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
  • Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)
  • Regina Hall (Support the Girls)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
  • Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
  • Sam Elliott (A Star is Born)
  • Tim Blake Nelson (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)
  • Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place)
  • Tilda Swinton (Suspiria)
  • Amy Adams (Vice)
  • Claire Foy (First Man)
  • Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians)

Best Cinematography

  • Roma
  • First Man
  • The Favourite
  • Black Panther
  • The Rider

Best Original Screenplay

  • Eighth Grade
  • Tully
  • First Reformed
  • Vice
  • Green Book

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • BlackKklansman
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Widows
  • Black Panther

Best Original Score

  • The Rider
  • Suspiria
  • Annihilation
  • Mandy
  • Ready Player One

Best Original Song

  • Shallow (A Star is Born)
  • Hearts Beat Loud (Hearts Beat Loud)
  • All The Stars (Black Panther)
  • Gravity (Free Solo)
  • The Place Where Lost Things Go (Mary Poppins Returns)

Best Animated Feature

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
  • The Incredibles 2

Best Documentary

  • Andre the Giant
  • Free Solo
  • RBG
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Shoplifters
  • Roma
  • Capernaum

Best Visual Effects

  • Aquaman
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bumblebee
  • Black Panther
  • Annihilation

Best Kentucky Production

  • Bullitt County
  • The Clovehitch Killer
  • Rust Creek
  • River Runs Red
  • The Old Man and the Gun

A Brief Gonzo Word

If you’re seeing this now on the public face of the site, the Gonzo Grunts voting already took place. We will be announcing the winners on Sunday (2/24). And, as always…what would Hunter do?




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