The Third Annual Blank Check Awards (also known as The Blankies - not to be confused with "blankies" who are fans of the podcast) is episode 146 and the third 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 2017. Posted 4 Feb 2018.

Summary[edit | edit source]

An impressive showing from Joe Reid in rattling off the miniseries Ben nicknames, revealing him as a true blankie.

These guys.... there is so much far-ranging and freewheeling discussion of all these films and performances. Give it a listen. And stay tuned at the end for the announcement of Blank Check March Madness!

Sponsors[edit | edit source]

This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. Flat Stanley rings the doorbell, and boy is he taken aback when David doesn't immediately recognize him (though Griffin is so starstruck that he can't even say a word, wink wink). Stanley is two-dimensional, so he travels via the postal service - so David tells him about the easiest way to print postage from home without having to go to the post office. Use the promo code CHECK for a free trial and a free digital scale.

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • new nickname for Producer Ben: The Booker
  • Rejected nickname for Producer Ben: The Peach Eater
  • new nickname for Joe Reid: Reiding RainJoe
  • Could play the lead in The Ben Hosley Story: Caleb Landry Jones
  • Should have been the star of Good Time: Ben Hosley
  • adding a character into Game of Thrones: bread wench
  • Emily Yoshida has a new podcast: Night Call, produced by Ben Hosley
  • Burger Reports! Several reports via the hotline!

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

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Best Supporting Actor
winner Patrick Stewart
Logan
Willem Dafoe
The Florida Project
Michael Stuhlbarg
Call Me By Your Name
Willem Dafoe
The Florida Project
Michael Stuhlbarg
Call Me By Your Name
Michael Stuhlbarg
Call Me By Your Name
Willem Dafoe
The Florida Project
Michael Stuhlbarg
Call Me By Your Name
Angus Macfadyen
The Lost City of Z
Jason Mitchell
Mudbound
Jason Mitchell
Mudbound
Ray Romano
The Big Sick
Willem Dafoe
The Florida Project
Adam Driver
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Lucas Hedges
Lady Bird
Patrick Stewart
Logan
Richard Jenkins
The Shape of Water
Michael Cera
Molly's Game
Tracy Letts
Lady Bird
Michael Fassbender
Alien: Covenant
Best Supporting Actress
winner Holly Hunter
The Big Sick
Laurie Metcalf
Lady Bird
Laurie Metcalf
Lady Bird
Laurie Metcalf
Lady Bird
Laurie Metcalf
Lady Bird
Lesley Manville
Phantom Thread
Lesley Manville
Phantom Thread
Lesley Manville
Phantom Thread
Ella Rumpf
Raw
Sienna Miller
The Lost City of Z
Tiffany Haddish
Girls Trip
Holly Hunter
The Big Sick
Bria Vinaite
The Florida Project
Catherine Keener
Get Out
Sylvia Hoeks
Blade Runner 2049
Catherine Keener
Get Out
Connie Britton
Beatriz At Dinner
Tatiana Maslany
Stronger
Elizabeth Marvel
The Meyerowitz Stories
Dafne Keen
Logan
Best Actor
winner Daniel Kaluuya
Get Out
Daniel Kaluuya
Get Out
Timothée Chalamet
Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Kaluuya
Get Out
Timothée Chalamet
Call Me By Your Name
Adam Sandler
The Meyerowitz Stories
Adam Sandler
The Meyerowitz Stories
Timothée Chalamet
Call Me By Your Name
Denzel Washington
Roman J. Israel
Denzel Washington
Roman J. Israel
Denzel Washington
Roman J. Israel
Robert Pattinson
Good Time
Daniel Day-Lewis
Phantom Thread
Daniel Day-Lewis
Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya
Get Out
Daniel Day-Lewis
Phantom Thread
Robert Pattinson
Good Time
Robert Pattinson
Good Time
Ben Stiller
Brad's Status
Adam Driver
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Best Actress
winner Vicky Krieps
Phantom Thread
Saoirse Ronan
Lady Bird
Meryl Streep
The Post
Sally Hawkins
The Shape of Water
Saoirse Ronan
Lady Bird
Vicky Krieps
Phantom Thread
Saoirse Ronan
Lady Bird
Saoirse Ronan
Lady Bird
Sally Hawkins
The Shape of Water
Florence Pugh
Lady MacBeth
Rebecca Hall
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Vicky Krieps
Phantom Thread
Jessica Chastain
Molly's Game
Cynthia Nixon
A Quiet Passion
Jessica Chastain
Molly's Game
Meryl Streep
The Post
Salma Hayek
Beatriz At Dinner
Kim Min-hee
At The Beach Alone
Salma Hayek
Beatriz At Dinner
Rooney Mara
A Ghost Story
Best Original Screenplay
(nominees only; no winners were selected within the episode)
Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird
Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich
Coco
Jordan Peele
Get Out
Paul Thomas Anderson
Phantom Thread
Paul Thomas Anderson
Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
The Shape of Water
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
The Big Sick
Mike White
Beatriz At Dinner
Noah Baumbach
The Meyerowitz Stories
Best Adapted Screenplay
(nominees only; no winners were selected within the episode)
Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington
The LEGO Batman Movie
James Gray
The Lost City of Z
James Gray
The Lost City of Z
James Ivory
Call Me By Your Name
James Ivory
Call Me By Your Name
Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot
BPM
Rian Johnson
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Dee Rees, Virgil Williams
Mudbound
Alice Birch
Lady Macbeth
Aaron Sorkin
Molly's Game
Aaron Sorkin
Molly's Game
Makoto Shinkai
Your Name
Brian Selznick
Wonderstruck
Hampton Fancher, Michael Green
Blade Runner 2049
Best Director
winner Sean Baker
The Florida Project
James Gray
The Lost City of Z
Luca Guadagnino
Call Me By Your Name
Christopher Nolan
Dunkirk
Guillermo del Toro
The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson
Phantom Thread
Paul Thomas Anderson
Phantom Thread
David Lowery
A Ghost Story
Guillermo del Toro
The Shape of Water
Julia Ducournau
Raw
Sean Baker
The Florida Project
Dee Rees
Mudbound
Denis Villeneuve
Blade Runner 2049
Josh and Benny Safdie
Good Time
Christopher Nolan
Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan
Dunkirk
Sean Baker
The Florida Project
Best Score
winner Jonny Greenwood
Phantom Thread
Christopher Spellman
The Lost City of Z
Carter Burwell
Wonderstruck
Alexandre Desplat
The Shape of Water
Hans Zimmer
Dunkirk
Jon Brion
Lady Bird
Jon Brion
Lady Bird
Daniel Hart
A Ghost Story
Jonny Greenwood
Phantom Thread
Carter Burwell
Wonderstruck
Dario Marianelli
Darkest Hour
Oneohtrix Point Never
Good Time
Oneohtrix Point Never
Good Time
Best Picture
10 Wonder Woman Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets Princess Cyd The Lost City of Z
9 Your Name Personal Shopper mother! Star Wars: The Last Jedi
8 Good Time Call Me By Your Name Mudbound Call Me By Your Name
7 Coco Star Wars: The Last Jedi A Ghost Story Phantom Thread
6 Phantom Thread Get Out The Meyerowitz Stories Blade Runner 2049
5 Raw Lady Bird Get Out The Shape of Water
4 The Florida Project Dunkirk The Post Get Out
3 The LEGO Batman Movie The Florida Project Lady Bird The Florida Project
2 The Work Phantom Thread BPM Dunkirk
1 The Shape of Water The Lost City of Z Call Me By Your Name Lady Bird

Other Awards[edit | edit source]

2017 Putterers and Murmurers Award

  • Robert Pattinson - The Lost City of Z

Honorable Mentions:

  • Agnès Varda - Faces Places
  • The fish nuns - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Joan Didion, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold documentary

The Bennys![edit | edit source]

  • The Prodoer (for doing the most efficient impressive work): Ridley Scott for reshoots on All the Money in the World
  • The Poet Laureate (actor who made their dialogue really sing): Michael Stuhlbarg - Call Me By Your Name
  • The Tiebreaker: ironically a dead tie with no consensus
  • The Fart Detective (actor who gave most skeptical performance): Lil Rel Howery - Get Out
  • The Fuckmaster (self-explanatory): Armie Hammer - Call Me By Your Name
  • White-Hot Benny (breakout performance): Timothée Chalamet - Call Me By Your Name
  • Hello Fennel (best debut): Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird
  • Dirt-Bike Benny (dirty/underdog performance): The kids from IT
  • Soaking-Wet Benny (literally the wettest performance): Doug Jones - The Shape of Water
  • Mr. Positive (for being the brightest light): Gal Gadot - Wonder Woman
  • The Close Personal Friend of Dan Lewis (for being the closest most personal friend to Daniel Day-Lewis onscreen): Vicky Krieps - Phantom Thread

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, or Clowns

Fanart by @BringDaNoyz on Twitter

  • The Greatest Showman - should be The Greatest Showbaby. Cute!
  • Baby Driver - no, no, no, should be Fruit Driver. Main fruit is the honeydew melon. Even cuter!
  • All the Money in the World - forget Chris Plummer, do a CGI puppet instead. Quicker fix!
  • Molly's Game - should've been made with puppies. And re-enact that Dogs Playing Poker painting!
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - what about Clowns of the Caribbean: Dead Jesters Honk No Horns

Wetter Movies - Slickest Flicks of the Year

  • Blade Runner 2049 - some future wet
  • I, Tonya - it's frozen, but it's still wet and def slippery
  • Dunkirk - soaked to death
  • The Shape of Water - title says it all
  • Justice League - for My Man, Aquaman, but also because the movie is SO sweaty

Should've Had Jared Leto In It

  • Bright - make him an elf or something
  • Wonder - to give it some edge
  • Get Out - playing himself, a bad white person
  • Boss Baby - playing himself, just as the baby
  • mother! - playing the baby that gets torn apart

Honorable Mention Pictures

  • Good Time - 'cause it's a scumbag romp
  • Downsizing - 'cause people are small, but then also people are big

Ummm... No Thank You

  • Three Billboards - doesn't drive anywhere anymore, so not interested
  • Murder On The Orient Express - too much like LARPing
  • Darkest Hour - more like me sleeping in the theater 
  • Geostorm - a weather machine movie. What is this, the Cold War?
  • The Mountains Between Us - maybe between you, but not between me
  • Wonder Wheel - obv
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