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The Sixth Annual Blank Check Awards (also known as The Blankies - not to be confused with "blankies" who are fans of the podcast) is episode 317 and the sixth 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 2020. Posted March 28, 2021.

Summary[]

Griffin and David welcome back Joe Reid for the 6th annual Blankie Awards Ceremony for Excellence in Films. Together they present their own personal nominations and winners for the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks at all the major categories, as well as, references deep cut cinema you may have missed.

Check out Joe Reid's podcast This Had Oscar Buzz! [1]

Milestones and Ephemera[]

And The Blankie Goes To...[]

Griffin David Joe reddit blankies [2]
Best Supporting Actress
Candace "Lebron James" Bergen
Let Them All Talk
Amanda Seyfried
Mank

(Nerts!)
Amanda Seyfried
Mank
See Below
Miranda Otto
Downhill
Maria Bakalova
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Jane Adams
She Dies Tomorrow
Toni Colette
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Youn Yuh-jung
Minari
Charin Alvarez
Saint Frances
Talia Ryder
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Candace Bergen
Let Them All Talk
Candace Bergen
Let Them All Talk
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Birds of Prey
Gina Rodriguez
Kajillionaire
Youn Yuh-jung
Minari
Best Supporting Actor
Matthew Macfadyen
The Assistant
Glynn Turman
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Daniel Kaluuya
Judas and the Black Messiah
See Below
Clarke Peters
Da 5 Bloods
Dan Stevens
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Robert Pattinson
Tenet
Dan Stevens
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga and Ice
Lucas Hedges
Let Them All Talk
Clarke Peters
Da 5 Bloods
Peter David Thewlis
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Robert Pattinson
Tenet
Paul Raci
Sound of Metal
Joe Pantoliano
Bad Boys For Life
Orion Lee
First Cow
Mark Rylance
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Original Screenplay
Da 5 Bloods The Nest Minari Palm Springs
Let Them All Talk Palm Springs Palm Springs Da 5 Bloods
The Assistant Saint Frances Promising Young Woman Minari
Palm Springs Minari Mank Never Rarely Sometimes Always
The Way Back Bacurau Saint Frances Promising Young Woman
Best Adapted Screenplay
I'm Thinking of Ending Things I'm Thinking of Ending Things First Cow First Cow
First Cow First Cow Ma Rainey's Black Bottom I'm Thinking of Ending Things
The Invisible Man The Father (a.k.a. Da Father) Nomadland Nomadland
The Old Guard The Personal History of David Copperfield One Night in Miami One Night in Miami
The Trip to Greece The Empty Man Unpregnant Emma.
Best Actress
Elizabeth Moss
The Invisible Man
Carrie Coon
The Nest
(a.k.a. Da Nest)
Carrie Coon
The Nest
See Below
Julia Garner
The Assistant
Sidney Flanigan
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Julia Garner
The Assistant
Jessie Buckley
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Julia Garner
The Assistant
Frances McDormand
Nomadland
Sidney Flanigan
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Han Ye-Ri
Minari
Carey Mulligan
Promising Young Woman
Rachel McAdams
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Jessie Buckley
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Haley Bennett
Swallow
Best Actor
Delroy Lindo
Da 5 Bloods
Delroy Lindo
Da 5 Bloods
Delroy Lindo
Da 5 Bloods
See Below
John Magaro
First Cow
Mads Mikkelsen
Another Round
Christopher Abbott
Possessor
Jesse Plemons
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Chadwick Boseman
Da 5 Bloods
Riz Ahmed
Sound of Metal
Ben Affleck
The Way Back
Anthony Hopkins
The Father
LaKeith Stanfield
Judas and the Black Messiah
Lucas Hedges
Let Them All Talk
Jude Law
The Nest
Steven Yeun
Minari
Best Animated Feature
Soul Wolfwalkers
Best Director
Spike Lee
Da 5 Bloods
Kelly Reichardt
First Cow
Kelly Reichardt
First Cow
Kelly Reichardt
First Cow
Kitty Green
The Assistant
Sean Durkin
The Nest
Lee Isaac Chung
Minari
Chloé Zhao
Nomadland
Leigh Whannell
The Invisible Man
Christopher Nolan
Tenet
Sean Durkin
The Nest
Spike Lee
Da 5 Bloods
Kelly Reichardt
First Cow
Charlie Kaufman
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Steve McQueen
Lovers Rock
Steve McQueen
Lovers Rock
Charlie Kaufman
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Steve McQueen
Lovers Rock
Chloé Zhao
Nomadland
Lee Isaac Chung
Minari
Best Picture
10 The Old Guard Mank Possessor Tenet
9 Let Them All Talk Da 5 Bloods Mank Never Rarely Sometimes Always
8 The Way Back Never Rarely Sometimes Always Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Lovers Rock
7 Tenet Minari Nomadland Sound of Metal
6 The Invisible Man Bacurau Promising Young Woman Minari
5 Never Rarely Sometimes Always Tenet Bacurau I'm Thinking of Ending Things
4 The Assistant The Nest Soul Da 5 Bloods
3 First Cow I'm Thinking of Ending Things The Nest Nomadland
2 I'm Thinking of Ending Things Lovers Rock Minari Palm Springs
1 Da 5 Bloods First Cow First Cow First Cow

Reddit Blankies Acting Awards[]

The Blank Check Reddit community voted on the best performances of the year, with no differentiation between actor and actress. [2]

Supporting

  1. Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
  2. Amanda Seyfried, Mank
  3. Youn Yuh-jung, Minari
  4. Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  5. Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
  6. Orion Lee, First Cow
  7. Robert Pattinson, Tenet
  8. Talia Ryder, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  9. Candice Bergen, Let Them All Talk
  10. J.K. Simmons, Palm Springs

Lead

  1. Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
  2. Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
  3. Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  4. Frances McDormand, Nomadland
  5. Jessie Buckley, I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  6. Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
  7. Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  8. Mads Mikkelsen, Another Round
  9. Steven Yeun, Minari
  10. Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Best Ensemble

  1. Da 5 Bloods
  2. Minari
  3. Mangrove
  4. One Night in Miami
  5. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Cinematography

  1. Nomadland
  2. Tenet
  3. First Cow
  4. Mank
  5. Lovers Rock

Best Music

  1. Soul
  2. Tenet
  3. Mank
  4. Minari
  5. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

More Awards[]

2021 Putterers and Murmurers Awards

  • David Thewlis, I'm Thinking of Ending Things (Griffin's Pick)
  • The entire cast, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Joe's Pick)
  • Kate Lyn Sheil, She Dies Tomorrow
  • Dick Johnson, Dick Johnson Is Dead
  • Elizabeth Moss, Shirley
  • Peter Capaldi, The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • Brian Dennehy, Driveways

Mumbles and Muffles

  • John David Washington, Tenet

Stutters and Stammers

  • Lucas Hedges, Let Them All Talk
  • Adam Sandler, Hubie Halloween

Glowers and Frowners

  • Sonia Braga, Bacurau

Best Supporting Thermos

  • Hubie Halloween

Most Offensive, Violently Offensive to Chronically Late People

  • The Irishman (2019)

Most Irresistible Movie of the Year

  • Irresistible

Ben's Awards[]

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, now Clowns too, or Maybe A Robot or Two Could Be Cool, Now It's Chains That's a New Thing, But Actually How Bout We Add Monster Hunters

  • Nomadland with babies (Nomadbabies)
  • I Care a Lot with animals (I Bear a Lot)
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 with puppets
  • Tenet—what if the chains were off the chain??
  • Hillbilly Elegy with monster hunters

The Wetties — The Golden Mops A traditional pick, and then a bunch of movies that made Ben cry—they made him get wet!

  • Mank
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Another Round
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Palm Springs

The boys recommended Let Them All Talk, Weathering with You, and Underwater.

Ummm... No Thank You

Honorable Mentions

  • Damian Young in The Trial of the Chicago 7 and I Care a Lot — Just a cool dude.
  • Best Vomit
    • Mank
  • Best Possession
    • Possessor
  • Best Band Tees
    • Sound of Metal

Quotes[]

GRIFFIN:I'm going to give out another special citation.
DAVID: Of course.
GRIFFIN: It's kind of a condemnation. "Movie that is most offensive, violently offensive to chronically late people." I'm giving this non-award to Martin Scorsese's The Irishman.
DAVID: Okay, so you're saying one year after it's eligibility you're mad about how rude that movie is about Stephen Graham's lateness—
GRIFFIN: [loud] Oh so now you're getting on my fucking face about the fact I didn't put it in last year? What does it matter?! What's the fuckin' big deal?!? There was traffic!
JOE: Very good.
GRIFFIN: Thank you. I've been holding on to that one for a year.

References[]

  1. The Sixth Annual Blank CHeck Awards on Audioboom. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 u/23553, 2020 Community Blankies Results, reddit. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
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