The First Annual Blank Check Awards (also known as The Blankies - not to be confused with "blankies" who are fans of the podcast) is episode 44 and the first 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 2015. Posted 21 Feb 2016.

Summary[edit | edit source]

"On this week’s special episode, Griffin and David joined by guest, Joe Reid (The Decider), present their personal nominations for the upcoming 88th Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks to all the major categories and offers engaging criticism, as well as, references deep cut cinema from 2015 you may have missed. With the “Blankies”, some winners are picked, Oscar snubs deservingly defended, but as always most of the personal grudges continue. Also, Griffin reads a listener submitted Star Wars/Blank Check crossover fan fiction titled: “Fisto and the Hoz” and Producer Ben offers up some of his own original categories. And fear not, for the twists will continue next week on Pod Night Shyamacast with episode five: The Village!"[1]

Due to the sheer number of films and actors and directors mentioned and discussed, any summary of the episode is inadequate. Give it a listen, and check the lists below of regular honorees as well as the special awards and Ben's Awards.

Milestones and Epehemera[edit | edit source]

  • a scared bird: Rooney Mara
  • something Ben likes in his movies: a Touch of the Tucc
  • besides "Seinfeld," are about nothing: Birdman, and The Revenant
  • belongs in the new canon of holiday movies: Iron Man 3

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

Griffin David Joe
Best Supporting Actress
winner Mya Taylor
Tangerine
Kristin Stewart
Clouds of Sils Maria
Kate Winslet
Steve Jobs
Elizabeth Banks
Love & Mercy
Joan Allen
Room
Elizabeth Banks
Love & Mercy
Raffey Cassidy
Tomorrowland
Rose Byrne
Spy
Sarah Paulson
Carol
Rebecca Ferguson
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Jada Pinkett Smith
Magic Mike XXL
Kristin Stewart
Clouds of Sils Maria
Rachel Weisz
Youth
Katherine Waterston
Queen of Earth
Kristen Wiig
Diary of a Teenage Girl
Best Supporting Actor
winner Michael Shannon
The Night Before
Mark Rylance
Bridge of Spies
Nicholas Hoult
Mad Max: Fury Road
Emory Cohen
Brooklyn
Adam Driver
While We're Young
Kyle Chandler
Carol
Tom Noonan
Anomalisa
Oscar Isaac
Ex Machina
Benicio Del Toro
Sicario
Mark Rylance
Bridge of Spies
Michael Keaton
Spotlight
Oscar Isaac
Ex Machina
Stanley Tucci
Spotlight
Sylvester Stallone
Creed
Sylvester Stallone
Creed
Best Actress
winner Nina Hoss
Phoenix
Rooney Mara
Carol
Rooney Mara
Carol
Cate Blanchett
Carol
Juliette Binoche
Clouds of Sils Maria
Cate Blanchett
Carol
Rinko Kikuchi
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Nina Hoss
Phoenix
Blythe Danner
I'll See You In My Dreams
Rooney Mara
Carol
Charlotte Rampling
45 Years
Brie Larson
Room
Charlotte Rampling
45 Years
Cobie Smulders
Results
Charlotte Rampling
45 Years
Best Actor
winner Michael B. Jordan
Creed
Michael B. Jordan
Creed
Michael B. Jordan
Creed
Paul Dano
Love & Mercy
Samuel L. Jackson
The Hateful Eight
Adam Driver
Hungry Hearts
Andrew Garfield
99 Homes
Josh Lucas
The Mend
Michael Fassbender
Steve Jobs
Tom Hanks
Bridge of Spies
Peter Sarsgaard
Experimenter
Andrew Garfield
99 Homes
Ian McKellen
Mr. Holmes
Jason Segal
The End of the Tour
Géza Röhrig
Son of Saul
Best Director
winner George Miller
Mad Max: Fury Road
Olivier Assayas
Clouds of Sils Maria
Todd Haynes
Carol
Sean Baker
Tangerine
Mia Hansen-Løve
Eden
Mia Hansen-Løve
Eden
Ryan Coogler
Creed
Todd Haynes
Carol
George Miller
Mad Max: Fury Road
Todd Haynes
Carol
George Miller
Mad Max: Fury Road
László Nemes
Son of Saul
Steven Spielberg
Bridge of Spies
Steven Spielberg
Bridge of Spies
Joshua Oppenheimer
The Look of Silence
Best Picture
10 Mustang Creed In Jackson Heights
9 Phoenix Mistress America Mad Max: Fury Road
8 Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Phoenix Mistress America
7 Inside Out Bridge of Spies Spotlight
6 Anomalisa Inside Out Steve Jobs
5 Carol Tangerine Room
4 Furious 7 Eden Eden
3 Bridge of Spies Mad Max: Fury Road Son of Saul
2 Tangerine Carol The Look of Silence
1 Mad Max: Fury Road Clouds of Sils Maria Carol
Best Foreign Film
winner Mustang Phoenix Son of Saul
Best Score
winner Carter Burwell
Carol
Best Cinematography
winner Ericson Core
Point Break
Edward Lachman
Carol
Edward Lachman
Carol

Other Awards[edit | edit source]

  • Griffin's 2015 Putterers and Murmurers Award: Ian McKellen - Mr. Holmes
  • 2016 Punch In The Dick Award: Alejandro Iñárritu, Colin Trevorrow (tie)

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!

  • Best Location:
    • Steve Jobs (really used the space)
    • Room
    • The Hateful Eight
    • The Martian (and so funny!)
    • The Revenant
  • Sex-y/-ist:
    • Carol
    • 50 Shades of Grey
    • Jurassic World
    • Entourage
  • Films That Should Be Remade With Babies, Animals, or Puppets
    • Spotlight - puppets
    • Room - animals
    • The Hateful Eight - fruit (??!)
    • Steve Jobs or The Martian - babies
  • Honorable Mention (For Exposing To The World About The NFL Being An Evil Corporation): Concussion
  • Favorite Bit Title: Ya Burnt
  • Ummm... No, Thank You
    • Black Mass - dude looks gross
    • Crimson Peak - seems like a boring horror movie
    • Trumbo - (venomously) don't want to watch a movie about a screenwriter
    • The Intern - looks like garbage
    • Everest - you get it right way that they're going to be trapped on this fucking mountain... it is big though, and would be cool if there were giants climbing it

References[edit | edit source]

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