The Fourth Annual Blank Check Awards (also known as The Blankies - not to be confused with "blankies" who are fans of the podcast) is episode 204 and the fourth 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 2018. Posted 17 Feb 2019.



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.

Sponsors[edit | edit source]

  • Bruce Willis with all his trademark flair and style talks about the male health and wellness outfit Hims (promo code CHECK) in exchange for his standard fee of several suitcases of cash. Then he dies in a puddle.
  • Bruce Willis comes back, and this time he does a dynamic ad read for Talkspace. (promo code: CHECK) Then he dies in a puddle again.
  • It's Checkie! What a relief! He whirls in for a high-energy.... introduction of Bruce Willis and immediately departs while Bruce does a freebie endorsement of Away luggage. (promo code: CHECK) Then Producer Ben pushes Bruce down into a puddle.

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • the long-awaited return of a nickname for Producer Ben: The Booker
  • No bit is retired forever, says Reiding RainJoe
  • One more year until Joe makes the Five Timers Club!
  • Check out Joe's podcast This Had Oscar Buzz, it's right up Blankies' alley. Twitter, webpage, iTunes
  • More information to be filled in over time with re-listens

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

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Best Supporting Actor
Tim Blake Nelson
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Steven Yeun
Burning
Alex Wolff
Hereditary
Daniel Kaluuya
Widows
Brendan Gleeson
Paddington 2
Sam Elliott
A Star is Born
Josh Hamilton - Eighth Grade Sam Elliott
A Star is Born
Richard E. Grant
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Michael B. Jordan
Black Panther
Brian Tyree Henry
If Beale Street Could Talk
Brian Tyree Henry
If Beale Street Could Talk
Michael B. Jordan
Black Panther
Brian Tyree Henry
If Beale Street Could Talk
Nicholas Hoult
The Favourite
Michael B. Jordan
Black Panther
Corey Hawkins
BlacKkKlansman
Hugh Grant
Paddington 2
Steven Yeun
Burning
Steven Yeun
Burning
Best Supporting Actress
Sakura Ando
Shoplifters
Elizabeth Debicki
Widows
Rachel Weisz
The Favourite
Dolly Wells
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Haley Lou Richardson
Support The Girls
Elizabeth Debicki
Widows
Zoe Kazan
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Regina King
If Beale Street Could Talk
Regina King
If Beale Street Could Talk
Elizabeth Debicki
Widows
Blake Lively
Simple Favor
Molly Parker
Madeline's Madeline
Haley Lou Richardson
Support the Girls
Michelle Yeoh
Crazy Rich Asians
Olivia Coleman
The Favourite
Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix
You Were Never Really Here
Bradley Cooper
A Star is Born
Ethan Hawke
First Reformed
Ethan Hawke
First Reformed
Alex Wolff
Hereditary
Ethan Hawke
First Reformed
Lakeith Stanfield
Sorry to Bother You
Bradley Cooper
A Star is Born
Tom Cruise
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Ben Foster
Leave No Trace
Bradley Cooper
A Star is Born
Tom Cruise
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
John C. Reilly
The Sisters Brothers
John Cho
Searching
Tom Hardy
Venom
Ben Foster
Leave No Trace
Lakeith Stanfield
Sorry to Bother You
Tom Hardy
Venom
Mahershala Ali
Green Book
Ryan Gosling
First Man
Best Actress
Toni Collette
Hereditary
Regina Hall
Support The Girls
Toni Collette
Hereditary
Olivia Coleman
The Favourite
Melissa McCarthy
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Carey Mulligan
Wildlife
Viola Davis
Widows
Toni Collette
Hereditary
Regina Hall
Support the Girls
Viola Davis
Widows
Melissa McCarthy
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Elsie Fisher
Eighth Grade
Eva Melander
Border
Sakura Ando
Shoplifters
Carey Mulligan
Wildlife
Lady Gaga
A Star is Born
Joanna Kulig
Cold War
Helena Howard
Madeline's Madeline
Charlize Theron
Tully
Regina Hall
Support the Girls
Best Adapted Screenplay
Black Panther Leave No Trace Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Widows If Beale Street Could Talk
If Beale Street Could Talk If Beale Street Could Talk The Death of Stalin
Border Can You Ever Forgive Me? We The Animals
You Were Never Really Here Black Panther Border
Best Original Screenplay
Sorry to Bother You First Reformed Eighth Grade
First Reformed Shoplifters Sorry to Bother You
Hereditary Support the Girls Tully
Support the Girls The Rider Private Life
Shoplifters The Favourite Support the Girls
Best Director
Lynne Ramsey
You Were Never Really Here
Steve McQueen
Widows
Steve McQueen
Widows
Alfonso Cuaron
Roma
Ari Aster
Hereditary
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Shoplifters
Barry Jenkins
If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins
If Beale Street Could Talk
Christopher McQuarrie
Mission:Impossible - Fallout
Paul Schrader
First Reformed
Yorgos Lanthimos
The Favourite
Yorgos Lanthimos
The Favourite
Paul King - Paddington 2: The Deuce Bradley Cooper
A Star is Born
Alex Garland
Annihilation
Steve McQueen
Widows
Barry Jenkins - If Beale Street Could Talk Debra Granik
Leave No Trace
Boots Riley
Sorry to Bother You
Paul Schrader
First Reformed
Best Score
Ludwig Goransson -Black Panther Nicholas Britell
If Beale Street Could Talk
Thom Yorke
Suspiria
Tatiana Lisovskaya -At Eternity's Gate
Nicholas Britell
If Beale Street Could Talk
Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow
Annihilation
Justin Hurwitz
First Man
Daniel Hart
The Old Man and the Gun
Daniel Hart
The Old Man and the Gun
Max Richter
Mary Queen of Scots
Best Picture
10 Sorry to Bother You Burning Private Life Mission: Impossible - Fallout
9 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs If Beale Street Could Talk Roma Hereditary
8 Support the Girls Mission:Impossible - Fallout Eighth Grade Paddington 2: The Deuce
7 Can You Ever Forgive Me? The Rider A Star is Born Annihilation
6 Mission:Impossible - Fallout Support the Girls Can You Ever Forgive Me? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
5 Cold War Leave No Trace Hereditary Widows
4 If Beale Street Could Talk A Star is Born If Beale Street Could Talk Roma
3 Paddington 2: The Deuce First Reformed The Favourite If Beale Street Could Talk
2 Hereditary Shoplifters Annihilation The Favourite
1 You Were Never Really Here Widows Widows First Reformed

More Awards[edit | edit source]

2018 Putterers and Murmurers Award[edit | edit source]

Honorable Mentions:

Joe's Scumbum Awards[edit | edit source]

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, Fruit, Clowns, or Maybe Throw A Couple Robots In There

The Wetties

Slickest Flicks of the Year

Should've Had Jared Leto In It

  • Category removed this year, because blech

Ummm... No Thank You

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