The Fifth Annual Blank Check Awards (also known as The Blankies - not to be confused with "blankies" who are fans of the podcast) is episode 255 and the fifth entry in the series of standalone Blankies episodes, where Griffin, David, and guest Joe Reid get to "pick the Oscars!" and reveal their picks for the best in film in 2019. Posted 2 Feb 2020.

Summary[edit | edit source]

These guys.... there is so much far-ranging and freewheeling discussion of all these films and performances. Give it a listen for all the details.

Meanwhile, Prodoer Ben is tremendously pleased when they keep the running time manageable. Relatively speaking, of course. They blasted through these this year as if they were sane people.

Sponsors[edit | edit source]

  • Noom -- 2020 New Griff is gonna get healthy. Noom Griff! Use the app to coordinate healthy choices in all aspects of your life, and the psychological underpinnings of those habits.
  • The Bouqs Company -- ding dong! It's Dan Candyman, and he got hired by a new flower company! Bouqs is short for bouquets, and they've got all sorts of blooms, plants, gifts, and succulents. And if you want to send flowers to him, please do, he's feeling lonely this year. He lives at 123 Candyman Lane.

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • Joe has joined the Five Timers Club! Steady wins the race :-)
  • Check out Joe's podcast with Chris Feil, This Had Oscar Buzz, it's manna for most Blankies. Twitter, webpage, iTunes
  • Joe's "Oh my god" reaction to Griffin's song intros...
  • As is traditional, at the end of the Blankies, it's #Ben's_Awards! They just keep getting better. Prodoer Ben cannot be stopped.
  • The on-mic reactions to the Fast & Furious 9 trailer did eventually get recorded for the Patreon, FYI
  • David Sims, 2020 Bad Boy
  • More information to be filled in over time with re-listens

And The Blankie Goes To...[edit | edit source]

Best Supporting Actress[edit | edit source]

Griffin David Joe Reddit Blankies
winner Florence "Candice LeBron Bergen" Pugh
Little Women
Jennifer Lopez
Hustlers
Jennifer Lopez
Hustlers
See Below
Sophie Okonedo
Wild Rose
Park So-dam
Parasite
Laura Dern
Marriage Story
Jennifer Lopez
Hustlers
Florence Pugh
Little Women
Florence Pugh
Little Women
Rebecca Ferguson
Dr. Sleep
Zhao Shu-zhen
The Farewell
Margot Robbie
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Judi Dench
Cats
Annette Bening
The Report
Cho Yeo-jeong
Parasite

Best Supporting Actor[edit | edit source]

Griffin David Joe reddit blankies
winner Willem Dafoe
The Lighthouse
Tom Burke
The Souvenir
Timothée Chalamet
Little Women
See Below
Jamie Bell
Rocketman
Brad Pitt
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Chris Cooper
Little Women
Jeremy Bobb
Under the Silver Lake
Joseph "Joe" Pesci
The Irishman
Tom Hanks
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Alessandro Nivola
The Art of Self-Defense
Alessandro Nivola
The Art of Self-Defense
Richard Schiff
Clemency
Wesley Snipes
Dolemite Is My Name
Song Kang-ho
Parasite
Wesley Snipes
Dolemite Is My Name

Best Original Screenplay[edit | edit source]

Griffin David Joe reddit blankies
winner Parasite The Farewell Knives Out Parasite
Uncut Gems Knives Out Booksmart Knives Out
The Souvenir The Souvenir The Last Black Man in San Francisco Marriage Story
Us Marriage Story Marriage Story Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
High Flying Bird Parasite Parasite Uncut Gems

Best Adapted Screenplay (SOLIDARITY!)[edit | edit source]

Griffin David Joe reddit blankies
winner Little Women Little Women Little Women Little Women
Hustlers Hustlers Hustlers A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Dr. Sleep The Report A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Hustlers
Glass Transit Luce The Irishman
Toy Story 4 The Irishman Toy Story 4 Jojo Rabbit

Best Actor[edit | edit source]

Griffin David Joe reddit blankies
winner Paul Walter Hauser
Richard Jewell
Antonio Banderas
Pain and Glory
Adam Driver
Marriage Story
See Below
Adam Sandler
Uncut Gems
Adam Sandler
Uncut Gems
Antonio Banderas
Pain and Glory
Eddie Murphy
Dolemite Is My Name
Leonardo DiCaprio
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Leonardo DiCaprio
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Tom Burke
The Souvenir
Mark Ruffalo
Dark Waters
Brad Pitt
Ad Astra
Keanu Reeves
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
André Holland
High Flying Bird
Daniel Craig
Knives Out

Best Actress[edit | edit source]

Griffin David Joe reddit blankies
winner Lupita Nyong'o
Us
Jessie Buckley
Wild Rose
Elisabeth Moss
Her Smell
See Below
Jessie Buckley
Wild Rose
Lupita Nyong'o
Us
Lupita Nyong'o
Us
Adèle Haenel
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Adèle Haenel
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Mary Kay Place
Diane
Noémie Merlant
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Ana de Armas
Knives Out
Florence Pugh
Midsommar
Alfre Woodard
Clemency
Zhao Tao
Ash Is Purest White
Alfre Woodard
Clemency

Best Director[edit | edit source]

Griffin David Joe reddit blankies
winner Bong Joon-ho
Parasite
Céline Sciamma
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Bong Joon-ho
Parasite
Bong Joon-ho
Parasite
Joanna Hogg
The Souvenir
Joanna Hogg
The Souvenir
Marielle Heller
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Greta Gerwig
Little Women
Jennifer Kent
The Nightingale
Josh and Benny Safdie
Uncut Gems
Rian Johnson
Knives Out
Josh and Benny Safdie
Uncut Gems
Jordan Peele
Us
Quentin Tarantino
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Greta Gerwig
Little Women
Martin Scorsese
The Irishman
Céline Sciamma
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Bong Joon-ho
Parasite
Lorene Scafaria
Hustlers
Céline Sciamma
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Picture[edit | edit source]

Griffin David Joe reddit blankies
10 Glass Ash Is Purest White Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Midsommar
9 High Flying Bird Dark Waters A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Portrait of a Lady on Fire
8 Uncut Gems The Irishman
(a.k.a Da Irishman)
The Last Black Man in San Francisco The Farewell
7 The Irishman The Farewell
(a.k.a Da Farewell)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
6 The Nightingale Ad Astra
(a.k.a Da Ad Astra)
Her Smell Marriage Story
5 Toy Story 4 Uncut Gems
(a.k.a. Da Uncut Gems)
Hustlers The Irishman
4 The Souvenir Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
(a.k.a. The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Knives Out Knives Out
3 Portrait of a Lady on Fire Parasite
(a.k.a. The Parasite)
Marriage Story Uncut Gems
2 Us The Souvenir
(a.k.a. Souvenir)
Little Women Little Women
1 Parasite Portrait of a Lady on Fire Parasite Parasite

Reddit Blankies Acting Awards[edit | edit source]

Supporting

  1. Florence Pugh (Little Women)
  2. Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
  3. Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)
  4. Joe Pesci (Hustlers)
  5. Song Kang-ho (Parasite)
  6. Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse)
  7. Al Pacino (The Irishman)
  8. Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
  9. Daniel Craig (Knives Out)
  10. Park So-dam (Parasite)

Lead

  1. Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)
  2. Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
  3. Lupita Nyong'o (Us)
  4. Florence Pugh (Midsommar)
  5. Awkwafina (The Farewell)
  6. Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
  7. Brad Pitt (Ad Astra)
  8. Ana de Armas (Knives Out)
  9. Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
  10. Elisabeth Moss (Her Smell) / Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story) (TIE)

More Awards[edit | edit source]

2020 Putterers and Murmurers Awards[edit | edit source]

  • Bill Camp, Dark Waters
  • K Callen, Knives Out
  • Rob Morgan, Just Mercy
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Ad Astra [actually Sweaters and Fretterers]

WORST Putterer and Murmerer[edit | edit source]

  • Meryl Streep, The Laundromat

David's Best Scores:[edit | edit source]

  • Uncut Gems
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Little Women
  • Monos
  • Marriage Story

Griffin's Gnarliest Supervillains[edit | edit source]

  • Thanos, Avengers: Endgame
  • Pennywise, IT Chapter Two
  • Ricky T. J***r, [retired bit]
  • the actual bomber, Richard Jewell
  • Olivia Wilde, Richard Jewell (winner)

Ben's Awards[edit | edit source]

Editorial Note: As ever, we remind listeners that no typed-out description can ever do justice to Ben. Ever. Do yourself a favor and (re-)listen to the episodes!

Films That Should Be Remade With Babies, Animals, Puppets, also Fruit, and now Clowns too, Maybe a Robot or Two Could Be Cool, or Now It's Chains, That's a New Thing[edit | edit source]

  • The Baby Irishman -- Tiny little criminals and gangsters!
  • How about The Lion King, with real animals? Go full Roar.
  • The Souvenir -- a comedia del arte thing with marionettes and shadow work
  • Malificent: Mistress of Evil... or Fruit -- she is a dark bruised pear
  • hold on to your boundaries..... what if there is a world in which the J***r wasn't the only clown? The whole city was clowns! (David: you mean Washington DC? Is this set in the Senate?)
  • Knives Out, but I want it to be chains, Chains Out, the murder is chain-centric

The Wetties - The Golden Mops[edit | edit source]

A traditional pick, and then a bunch of movies that made Ben cry -- they made him get wet![edit | edit source]

  • The Lighthouse (traditional pick)
  • The Farewell
  • Cats
  • Judy
  • the Mulan trailer

Ummm... No Thank You[edit | edit source]

  • The Two Popes - c'mon, enough popes. Too Many Popes!
  • 1917 - too old
  • Motherless Brooklyn - seriously, offensive on behalf of stuttering advocates
  • Portrait of a Lady - needs more fire
  • Toy Story 4 -- sorry Griff

Honorable Mentions[edit | edit source]

  • The Safdies, as always for their achievements in scumbummery -- this time for Uncut Gems
  • Climax, for the best Voguing scene of all time
  • Her Smell, for being punk as fuck
  • The Beach Bum, for being Ben's Current Lifestyle award

Special Recognition[edit | edit source]

  • Achievement in Hotness, 2019: David Sims. By bestowing a prize of a sleeveless flannel shirt, he shall now be rebranded for 2020 as "Bad Boy."
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