The Second Annual Blank Check Awards (also known as The Blankies - not to be confused with "blankies": fans of the podcast) is episode 96 and the second episode where Griffin, David, and guest Joe Reid get to "pick the Oscars!" and reveal their picks for the best in film in 2016.

Summary[edit | edit source]

"On this week's special episode, Griffin and David are once again joined by Joe Reid (The Decider) to present their personal nominations for the upcoming 89th Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks to all the major categories and offers engaging criticism, as well as, references deep cut cinema from 2016 you may have missed. With the “Blankies”, some winners are picked, Oscar snubs deservingly defended, but AGAIN as always most of the personal grudges continue." [1]

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

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

Griffin David Joe
Best Supporting Actress
Kate McKinnon
Ghostbusters
Lily Gladstone
Certain Women
Greta Gerwig
20th Century Women
Elle Fanning
20th Century Women
Khandi Alexander
Patriots Day
Tammy Blanchard
The Invitation
Lily Gladstone
Certain Women
Viola Davis
Fences
Paulina García
Little Men
Janelle Monáe
Moonlight
Paulina García
Little Men
Lily Gladstone
Certain Women
Michelle Williams
Manchester by the Sea
Greta Gerwig
20th Century Women
Michelle Williams
Manchester by the Sea
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali
Moonlight
Mahershala Ali
Moonlight
Alden Ehrenreich
Hail, Caesar!
Michael Barbieri
Little Men
Billy Crudup
20th Century Women
Tom Bennett
Love & Friendship
Alden Ehrenreich
Hail, Caesar!
Ralph Fiennes
A Bigger Splash
Lucas Hedges
Manchester by the Sea
Tracy Letts
Indignation
Shia LaBeouf
American Honey
André Holland
Moonlight
Ashton Sanders
Moonlight
Daniel Radcliffe
Swiss Army Man
Daniel Radcliffe
Swiss Army Man
Best Actor
Tom Hanks
Sully
Adam Driver
Paterson
Denzel Washington
Fences
Colin Farrell
The Lobster
Casey Affleck
Manchester by the Sea
Casey Affleck
Manchester by the Sea
Ralph Fiennes
A Bigger Splash
Colin Farrell
The Lobster
Colin Farrell
The Lobster
John Goodman
10 Cloverfield Lane
Tom Hanks
Sully
Andrew Garfield
Silence
David Oyelowo
Queen of Katwe
Denzel Washington
Fences
Trevante Rhodes
Moonlight
Best Actress
Amy Adams
Arrival
Sasha Lane
American Honey
Annette Bening
20th Century Women
Annette Bening
20th Century Women
Amy Adams
Arrival
Amy Adams
Arrival
Isabelle Huppert
Elle
Annette Bening
20th Century Women
Viola Davis
Fences
Natalie Portman
Jackie
Isabelle Huppert
Things to Come
Rebecca Hall
Christine
Hailee Steinfeld
The Edge of Seventeen
Ruth Negga
Loving
Natalie Portman
Jackie
Best Director
Barry Jenkins
Moonlight
Andrea Arnold
American Honey
Barry Jenkins
Moonlight
Park Chan-wook
The Handmaiden
Jim Jarmusch
Paterson
Andrea Arnold
American Honey
Pablo Larraín
Jackie
Barry Jenkins
Moonlight
Pablo Larraín
Jackie
Mike Mills
20th Century Women
Martin Scorsese
Silence
Martin Scorsese
Silence
Denis Villeneuve
Arrival
Denis Villeneuve
Arrival
Denis Villeneuve
Arrival
Best Original Screenplay
Mike Mills
20th Century Women
Maren Ade
Toni Erdmann
Mike Mills
20th Century Women
Efthimis Filippou & Yorgos Lanthimos
The Lobster
Ethan & Joel Coen
Hail, Caesar!
Mike Birbiglia
Don't Think Twice
Steven Knight
Allied
Efthimis Filippou & Yorgos Lanthimos
The Lobster
Chris Kelly
Other People
Kenneth Lonergan
Manchester by the Sea
Jim Jarmusch
Paterson
Kenneth Lonergan
Manchester by the Sea
Lorene Scafaria
The Meddler
Richard Linklater
Everybody Wants Some!!
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
Little Men
Best Adapted Screenplay
(Griffin & Joe's were not mentioned)
Irena Brignull & Bob Persichetti
The Little Prince
Barry Jenkins
Moonlight
Eric Heisserer
Arrival
Park Chan-wook & Chung Seo-kyung
The Handmaiden
Eric Heisserer
Arrival
Barry Jenkins
Moonlight
Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese
Silence
Park Chan-wook & Chung Seo-kyung
The Handmaiden
Kelly Reichardt
Certain Women
Eric Heisserer
Arrival
Kelly Reichardt
Certain Women
Whit Stillman
Love & Friendship
Barry Jenkins
Moonlight
Whit Stillman
Love & Friendship
Taika Waititi
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Best Original Score
(Griffin's winner wasn't mentioned, Joe didn't have official picks)
Nicholas Britell
Moonlight
Mica Levi
Jackie
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Arrival
Nicholas Britell
Moonlight
Mica Levi
Jackie
Justin Hurwitz
La La Land
Dario Marianelli
Kubo and the Two Strings
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Arrival
Roger Neill
20th Century Women
Jo Yeong-wook
The Handmaiden
Best Song
(David had no official picks, no winners were mentioned)
"Mona Lisa"
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
"Drive It Like You Stole It"
Sing Street
"No Dames"
Hail, Caesar!
"I'm So Humble"
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
"The Riddle of the Model"
Sing Street
"How Far I'll Go"
Moana
"Rules Don't Apply"
Rules Don't Apply
"Montage"
Swiss Army Man
"Shiny"
Moana
"Someone In The Crowd"
La La Land
"Able"
Hidden Figures
"Try Everything"
Zootopia
Best Picture
10 Knight of Cups The Handmaiden Jackie
9 Silence Toni Erdmann The Invitation
8 Cameraperson Mountains May Depart Silence
7 Arrival The Lobster Hail, Caesar!
6 Manchester by the Sea Cameraperson Manchester by the Sea
5 The Handmaiden Silence Little Men
4 Jackie Arrival Moonlight
3 Weiner Paterson 20th Century Women
2 20th Century Women Moonlight American Honey
1 Moonlight American Honey Arrival

Griffin's Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2016 Putters and Murmurs Award: Joel Edgerton - Loving
  • Best Vin Diesel In A 4K 120fps 3-D Movie: Vin Diesel - Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
  • Best Performance By A Supporting Godzilla: Shin Godzilla - Shin Godzilla

Joe's Awards[edit | edit source]

  • Best Voice Performance
    • Black Phillip - The VVitch
    • Jesus - Silence
    • Idris Elba - The Jungle Book (winner)

David's Awards[edit | edit source]

  • Best Voice Performance
    • Ginnifer Goodwin & Jason Bateman - Zootopia
    • Auli'i Cravalho - Moana
    • Alan Tudyk - Rogue One & Moana
    • Mark Rylance - The Beee Eff Geee

Ben's Awards: Post-Credits Edition[edit | edit source]

Editorial Note: No typed-out description can ever do justice to Ben. Ever. Do yourself a favor and (re-)listen to the episodes!

  • Wetter Movies: Disclaimer - Ben has not seen any of these movies
    • Manchester by the Sea
    • Hell or High Water
    • The Lobster (no brainer)
    • Deepwater Horizon
    • Sully
  • Somebody Stop Me: Preventing trends, projects, or people in Hollywood from moving forward, ie. "check please!"
    • Hacksaw Ridge - Mel Gibson... get outta here, man!
    • L.A. L.A. Land - hire people who are good at singing!
    • Manchester by the Sea - stop bumming everyone out, Casey Affleck
    • Passengers - rape culture, even in Space???!
    • Sully - it's not even about the crash!

References[edit | edit source]

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