MARTIAN PRESENTS THE FIRST ANNUAL MINUTE AWARDS



I'll admit that I closely follow the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Even though I feel as if big award shows have lost touch with the modern viewer and don't give recognition to films and shows that deserve it, they're still an important part of entertainment and aren't going anywhere anytime soon.


That's where I come in. As an avid consumer of all things entertainment, I thought I'd craft my own "awards show": The Minute Awards. The name could definitely be better but hey, at least it's something. The Minute Awards are basically going to be a condensed version of the Academy Awards, giving acknowledgement to the best performances, direction, and writing in film. Winners will be gifted their own Simon (batteries not included).


Much to the misfortune of all of you, I'll be the host this year. Hopefully we can get somebody better in 2021.


Aside from Best Picture, categories won't be separated by genre as I'm of the belief that a comedic performance can be just as good, if not better, than a dramatic one.


Check out my list of my favorite movies of 2019; there will be some repeats, but these awards are for the best, not necessarily my favorite.


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BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA



UNCUT GEMS


Directors: Josh & Benny Safdie

Writers: Josh & Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein

Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Julia Fox, LaKeith Stanfield, and Idina Menzel


Uncut Gems was the best movie of 2019. Since seeing it (for the first time) on Christmas Day, I've been obsessed with it and the fact that it got nominated for zero Academy Awards is baffling.


If you want a more in-depth look into Gems, check out my review here. Never in my life have I seen a film more catered to me, which is the main reason I can't stop doing a Howard Ratner impersonation, much to the chagrin of some (sorry, Haley). From the introduction in the Ethiopian mine to the psychedelic journey through [redacted]'s gunshot wound, Gems is a gripping, anxiety-inducing thrill ride through Howard Ratner's high-stakes lifestyle as a gambling addicted jewelry dealer in New York City's Diamond District.


Further lifted by an ensemble cast of acclaimed actors and first-timers, Gems is Josh and Benny Safdie's magnum opus (for now) and the decade of work that went into the final product is evident in every moment. Whether it's a tracking shot of Howard walking through a showroom of pawners and dealers or the The Weeknd's black light-illuminated club performance of "The Morning", it's crafted precisely.



BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY