Phoenix Critics Circle 2019 Winners Announced; Big night for NEON’s “Parasite”; Lifetime achievement fete for editor, Thelma Schoonmaker.

On December 13th, 2019, the Phoenix Critics Circle gathered to announce their winners. “Parasite” picked up the award for Best Picture along with three other awards.

Below you’ll find their list of winners for the best films and performances of 2019.

You can also find the list online:

Best Picture
• “1917,” Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall, Brian Oliver, producers (Universal)
• “The Irishman,” Troy Allen, Gerald Chamales, Robert De Niro, Randall Emmett, Gastón Pavlovich, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Irwin Winkler, producers (Netflix)
• “Jojo Rabbit,” Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley, producers (Fox Searchlight)
• “Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach, David Heyman, producers (Netflix)
• “Parasite,” Young-Hwan Jang, Bong Joon-Ho, Sin-ae Kwak, Yang-kwon Moon, producers (NEON)
• “Portrait Of A Lady On Fire,” Bénédicte Couvreur, producer (NEON)

Photo courtesy of Neon.

The winner is: “Parasite,Young-Hwan Jang, Bong Joon-Ho, Sin-ae Kwak, Yang-kwon Moon, producers (NEON)

Best Director
• Bong Joon-Ho, “Parasite”
• Sam Mendes, “1917”
• Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
• Quentin Tarantino – “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”
• Taika Waititi – “Jojo Rabbit”

Photo courtesy of Neon.

The winner is: Bong Joon-Ho, “Parasite

Best Actress
• Awkwafina, “The Farewell”
• Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
• Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”
• Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
• Rene Zellweger, “Judy”

Photo courtesy of Universal.

The winner is: Lupita Nyong’o, “Us

Best Actor
• Robert De Niro, “The Irishman”
• Leonardo DiCcaprio, “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”
• Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
• Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite Is My Name”
• Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Photo courtesy of Netflix.

The Winner is: Adam Driver, “Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actress
• Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”
• Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
• Annette Bening, “The Report”
• Thomasin Mckenzie, “Jojo Rabbit”
• Zhao Shuzhen, “The Farewell”
• Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

The winner is: Thomasin McKenzie, “Jojo Rabbit”

Best Supporting Actor
• Willem Dafoe, “The Lighthouse”
• Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
• Song Kang-Ho, “Parasite”
• Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
• Brad Pitt, “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”

Photo courtesy of NEON.

The winner is: Song Kang-Ho, “Parasite”

Best Screenplay
• Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”
• Rian Johnson, “Knives Out”
• Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin-Won, “Parasite”
• Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”
• Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”

Phoenix Critics Circle 2019
Photo courtesy of MRC II Distribution Company, L.P.

The winner is: Rian Johnson, “Knives Out”

Best Foreign Language Film
• “Atlantics,” Senegal
• “The Farewell,” China
• “Monos,” Columbia
• “Parasite,” South Korea
• “Portrait Of A Lady On Fire,” France

Photo courtesy of Neon.

The winner is: “Parasite”

Best Documentary
• “American Factory,” Netflix
• “Apollo 11,” NEON
• “Hail Satan?,” Magnolia Pictures
• “Honeyland,” NEON
• “One Child Nation,” Amazon Studios

Photo courtesy of Neon.

The winner is: “Apollo 11,” NEON

Best Animated Film
• “Frozen 2,” Walt Disney Animated Studios
• “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” DreamWorks Animation
• “I Lost My Body,” Xilam Animation/Netflix
• “Missing Link,” Laika Entertainment
• “Toy Story 4,” Pixar Animation Studios

Video Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

The winner is: “Toy Story 4”

Best Comedy Film
• “Booksmart,” directed by Olivia Wilde; Anapurna Pictures
• “Dolemite Is My Name,” directed by Craig Brewer; Netflix
• “Jojo Rabbit,” directed by Taika Waititi; Fox Searchlight
• “Knives Out,” directed by Rian Johnson; Lionsgate/Media Rights Capital
• “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood,” directed by Quentin Tarantino; Sony

Jojo Rabbit
Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

The winner is: “Jojo Rabbit”

Best Horror Film
• “Doctor Sleep,” directed by Mike Flanagan; Warner Bros.
• “The Lighthouse,” directed by Robert Eggers; A24
• “Midsommar,”directed by Ari Aster; A24
• “Tigers Are Not Afraid,” directed by Issa López; Videocine/Shudder
• “Us,” directed by Jordan Peele; Universal

Photo Credit: Claudette Barius/Courtesy of Universal Pictures Studios

The winner is:  “Us”

Best Science Fiction Film
• “Ad Astra,” directed by James Gray; Twentieth Century Fox
• “Alita: Battle Angel,” directed by Robert Rodriguez; Twentieth Century Fox
• “Avengers: Endgame,” directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo; Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
• “Captain Marvel,” directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck; Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
• “High Life,” directed by Claire Denis; A24
• “Terminator: Dark Fate,” directed by Tim Miller; Paramount Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox

Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Corporation

The winner is: “Ad Astra”

Best Score
• Michael Abels, “Us”
• Alexandre Desplat, “Little Women”
• Hildur Guðnadóttir, “Joker”• Thomas Newman, “1917
• Thomas Newman, “1917”

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

The winner is: Hildur Guðnadóttir, “Joker” 

Best Cinematography
• Jarin Blaschke, “The Lighthouse”
• Roger Deakins, “1917”
• Kyung-Pyo Hong, “Parasite”
• Claire Mathon, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
• Rodrigo Prieto, “The Irishman”
• Robert Richardson, “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”
• Jörg Widmer, “A Hidden Life”

Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures

The winner is: Roger Deakins, “1917”

Special Achievement Awards: The Phoenix Critics Circle members have the opportunity to submit special recognition for a variety of areas where their nomination categories might not allow for a winner. The Phoenix Critics Circle 2019 critics are proud to recognize the Best in Ensemble and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ensemble Acting:

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

The Cast of “Knives Out”

Lifetime Achievement in Editing:

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Thelma Schoonmaker: Editor of all of Martin Scorsese’s films since “Raging Bull”

The Phoenix Critics Circle is established as an association for professional film critique and analysis. Administered by the 501c3 non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation, the Phoenix Critics Circle is committed to the progression and preservation of film and is composed of print, television, radio and online film critics from Arizona.

For questions, contact Phoenix Film Foundation Executive Director, Jason Carney at or 480-513-3195