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Award season has kicked off with the first round of film nominations announced Monday from the Hollywood Critics Association, formerly known as The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society. Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, Martin Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN and WAVES lead with the most nominations. Check out the full list of nominees below.


(Los Angeles, CA – November 25, 2019) – The Hollywood Critics Association, formerly known as The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society, is pleased to announce their nominees for the 3rd Annual Hollywood Critic Awards being held at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles on January 9th, 2020.


Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON IN HOLLYWOOD tops the HCA nominations list with a total of eleven nominations, while Netflix’s THE IRISHMAN and A24’s WAVES each earn nine. Lulu Wang’s THE FAREWELL, which premiered at Sundance back in January, scored a total of seven nominations. Todd Phillips’ controversial JOKER received quite a bit of love from the members of the HCA with a total of seven nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix. Noah Baumbach’s widely praised MARRIAGE STORY received six nominations, including Best Actor for Adam Driver and Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson.


Just like in the years past, the members of the Hollywood Critics Society are continuing to support some of the more underrepresented films of the year including Neon’s WILD ROSE, Amazon’s BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, Warner Brothers’ BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, and Roadside Attraction’s THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, amongst several others.


“The creation and goal of this organization has always been about celebrating film while embracing diversity and elevating underrepresented voices. We believe that our mission is universal, and this is why we changed our name to be reflective of that. As we continue to push for change, we want to be part of the solution, which means slowly building a community of passionate critics who are reflective of the USA and the world as a whole,” states HCA’s Chairman, Scott Menzel.


In total, the Hollywood Critic Association nominated 59 different films, including several independents as well as major studio blockbusters. Netflix received the most nominations with a total of 19 with A24 not too far behind, earning 18, followed by Sony with 16.

A full list of the HCA nominations can be found below:


Best Picture
The Farewell
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood


Best Actor
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Taron Egerton, Rocketman


Best Actress
Awkwafina, The Farewell
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Renée Zellweger, Judy
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story


Best Supporting Actor 
Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Shia LaBeouf, Honey Boy
Sterling K. Brown, Waves
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood


Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Margot Robbie, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Taylor Russell, Waves
Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell


Best Adapted Screenplay
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Scott Silver and Todd Phillips, Joker
Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers


Best Original Screenplay 
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won, Parasite
Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman, Booksmart
Lulu Wang, The Farewell
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Rian Johnson, Knives Out


Best Male Director
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit


Best Female Director 
Alma Har'el, Honey Boy
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers
Lulu Wang, The Farewell
Olivia Wilde, Booksmart


Best Performance by an Actor or Actress 23 and Under
Kaitlyn Dever, Booksmart
Julia Butters, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Noah Jupe, Honey Boy
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit


Breakthrough Performance
Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose
Kelvin Harrison Jr, Waves
Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell
Taylor Russell, Waves
Zack Gottsagen, The Peanut Butter Falcon


Best Cast
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
Knives Out
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood


Best First Feature
Brittany Runs A Marathon
Honey Boy
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Queen & Slim


Best Independent Film
The Farewell
Honey Boy


Best Action/War Film
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum


Best Animated Film
Frozen II
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Missing Link
Toy Story 4


Best Blockbuster
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Spider-Man: Far from Home


Best Comedy/Musical
Blinded by The Light
Dolemite is My Name
Long Shot


Best Documentary
American Factory
Apollo 11
Hail Satan?
The Kingmaker
Love, Antosha


Best Foreign Language Film
The Farewell
Pain & Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire


Best Horror
Doctor Sleep
Ready or Not


Best Animated or VFX Performance
Josh Brolin, Avengers: Endgame
Robert De Niro, The Irishman
Rosa Salazar, Alita: Battle Angel
Ryan Reynolds, Pokemon Detective Pikachu
Tom Hanks, Toy Story 4


Best Cinematography 
Drew Daniel, Waves
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Robert Richardson, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Roger Deakins, 1917


Best Costume Design
Arianne Phillips, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Julian Day, Rocketman
Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
Ruth E Carter, Dolemite is My Name
Mark Bridges, Joker


Best Editing 
Fred Raskin, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Lee Smith, 1917
Michael McCusker, Ford V. Ferrari
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman
Yang Jin-mo, Parasite


Best Hair and Makeup
Jeremy Woodhead, Judy
Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker, Bombshell
Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou, Joker
Nicki Ledermann, Sean Flanigan, and Carla White, The Irishman
Lizzie Yianni Georgiou, Tapio Salmi, and Barrie Gower, Rocketman


Best Original Song
Catchy Song, The Lego Movie: The Second Part
Glasgow, Wild Rose
(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, Rocketman
Into the Unknown, Frozen 2
Speechless, Aladdin


Best Score
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Michael Abels, Us
Thomas Newman, 1917
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Waves


Best Stunt Work
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum


Best Visual Effects 
Allen Maris, Jedediah Smith, Guillaume Rocheron, and Scott R. Fisher, Ad Astra
Dan Deleeuw, Matt Aitken, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick, Avengers: Endgame
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon and Nick Epstein, Alita: Battle Angel
Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler, and Dominic Tuohy, 1917
Pablo Herman, Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, and Nelson Sepulveda, The Irishman

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