Sunday, April 25, 2021



Here are films and TV shows I love or just need to be seen, whether they're queer or just queer adjacent. 










THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VAN KANT --so, so many films by German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Toss a dart and start here. 




THE BOYS IN THE BAND (1970) -- groundbreaking, then seen as embarrassing, then as amusing camp and now seen as groundbreaking again. Not really, but worth watching once (and certainly watch the original instead of the remake). 









CAT PEOPLE (1942) 







CRUMB -- maybe on a double bill w Treasure Island (1950) 










FOX AND HIS FRIENDS -- so, so many films by German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Toss a dart and start here. Querelle, however, is a slog.




HAIRSPRAY (1988) -- Director John Waters is always fun. He has more outrageous films worth seeing (Female Trouble et al) but none more subversive than this family friendly comedy with Divine as a housewife quoting Bob Dylan.








LAURENCE ANYWAYS -- any movie by director Xavier Dolan is worth watching, like any movie by Rainer Warner Fassbinder or Francois Ozon. This movie about a man transitioning is his masterpiece (so far), but I Killed My Mother, Mommy, Matthias & can't go wrong with Dolan. 

LAW OF DESIRE -- Almodovar! Start with Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown.

THE LONG DAY CLOSES -- director Terence Davies has a string of memorable films. This one is a titch more hopeful than his equally brilliant, brutal Distant Voices, Still Lives and is def where to start. 



MIDNIGHT COWBOY -- it has kind of an ugly attitude, not just towards gays. But the unspoken romantic love that Dustin Hoffman has for Jon Voight rescues this and keeps it from being just a scuzzy time capsule. 




















PSYCHO (1960) 



THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW -- but only if you can see it in a theater





A STAR IS BORN (1954) 






THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK -- definitely watch this excellent doc rather than the well-intentioned feature film Milk. Or at least watch it first. 



TOP GUN -- watch Quentin Tarantino on the gay subtext of Top Gun, one of the funniest things he ever wrote. 

TREASURE ISLAND (1999) -- this has nothing to do with the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. 

VELVET GOLDMINE -- Todd Haynes is a queer director, whether making something explicitly gay like Swoon and Poison or gay adjacent like Far From Heaven. Start here. 





















ESSENTIAL TV SHOWS/MOVIES  -- most tv shows aren't good from start to finish. If I list a sitcom, you can always stop watching after three or four seasons, with no loss. 

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS -- not gay at all and yet very very gay. 

AN AMERICAN FAMILY -- for some reason, PBS is not streaming this groundbreaking reality series about the Loud family from the early 1970s. Lance Loud coming out on TV amidst his parents' divorce was a massive moment for the LGBTQI community. 





QUEER AS FOLK (1999) UK original. If you watch the first season of the American version, that's plenty. 






VICIOUS -- shamelessly bitchy and cliched show starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. It's like having Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh starring in Three's Company, but you can't help laughing. 



"A very special episode" is the way TV shows would tease an episode of a sitcom or drama that dealt with something controversial like alcoholism or suicide or bulimia or anything queer. They're not necessarily good but they are fascinating and fun to watch. 

THE REJECTED -- aired on San Francisco's WQED (September 11, 1961)  


THAT CERTAIN SUMMER (November 1, 1972) CHEERS -- Season 1, Episode 16 (January 27, 1983) 

AN EARLY FROST TV movie (November 11, 1985) 

thirtysomething -- Season 3, Episode 6 (November 7, 1989) 

BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 -- Season 2, Episode 3 (July 25, 1991) 

ROSEANNE -- Season 6, Episode 18 (March 1. 1994) 

THE REAL WORLD: SAN FRANCISCO -- Season 3, Episodes 1 and 19 (June 30/November 3, 1994) 

FRAISER -- Season 2, Episode 3 (October 4, 1994). 

ELLEN -- Season 4, Episodes 22 and 23 (April 30, 1997) 

DAWSON'S CREEK -- Season 3, Episode 3 (May 24, 2000) 

ONCE AND AGAIN Season 3, Assorted Episodes 8-19 (arc begins November 30, 2001)

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND -- Season 1, Episode 14 (March 7, 2016) 

BOJACK HORSEMAN -- Season 4, Episode 3 (September 8, 2017)

DERRY GIRLS -- Season 1, Episode 6 (February 8, 2018) 

ONE DAY AT A TIME (2017 reboot) -- Season 1, Episode 10 (January 6, 2017) 

Saturday, April 24, 2021



Movies and TV shows to Watch With Your Kids

Hey, a lot of great films can be watched with your kids. And you can find a mountain of "family friendly" movies. This is my list of films for families, films with kids at the heart of the action and some films that are great intros to mysteries and musicals and westerns and the like for your kids. They're just great films and TV shows you can enjoy on your own or share with your kids. 

NOTE: this all depends on your family and your kids, needless to say. I've got stuff here great for kids under 8 and stuff appropriate for teens and stuff some parents might never show to their kids at all. But hey, I meant well! 

Wondering where to find this stuff? A great resource is JUSTWATCH.COM. Go there and you'll  get a sense where a lot of this stuff is streaming or available .

MOVIES TO WATCH -- ages may vary!

ALL AGES -- really, these are great films and not JUST for little kids. Not at all. I'm not offering up time killers. These are all really great movies and tv shows that everyone should watch. Yes, Sesame Street and whatever are lovely but those are really JUST for kids. This stuff is for everyone. 

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) -- the classic adventure tale. 

ALADDIN (1992) -- a great action film. And no of course you shouldn't watch the live action version. Be a good parent! 


THE ARISTOCATS (1970) -- Actually, I don't recommend this Disney animated film. It's just a warning to make certain that if you ARE planning to show your kids The Aristocats that you do in fact show them the 1970 film The Aristocats and NOT the 2005 documentary film The Aristocrats. You're welcome. 

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS -- animated film about Santa Claus from the Brits. Great voice cast and charm to boot. Future classic. Warning: it does say that Santa is a family concern and the job is passed down from one generation to the next so proceed with caution. 

AZUR & ASMAR: THE PRINCE'S QUEST -- it's only our narrow outlook that makes us think cartoons equal Disney. This delightful French fable will enchant kids, given half a chance. 

BABE -- one of the great animal films, but be wholly prepared for your kids to announce they've gone vegetarian. That's not an agenda of the film but a little inevitable. If you're really into it (and I am), the darker sequel Babe: Pig In The City is also very good. This is an all-time classic. 

BACK TO THE FUTURE -- not the sequels. 

BAMBI -- perhaps the most beautiful animated film ever made. It's pitch perfect from start to finish but of course it DOES begin with a mom being killed by hunters and, like Babe, it might well make them think twice about eating meat.  

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) -- The Disney animated version is one of the all-time great movie musicals. Full stop. And if you're a really cool parent, you will wait a bit and then show them the 1946 version La Belle et la Bette. Just saying. 

THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIANS' (1954) -- the chaotic original, please. 

BIG (1988) -- Tom Hanks classic. 

BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE -- goofy fun plus some not terribly accurate history lessons. 

THE BLACK STALLION -- absolutely gorgeous boy-and-his-horse movie, entrancing from start to finish. Bonus: the middle 40 min or so are akin to a silent movie. Point that out to them later. 

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN -- funny/scary entertainment. As a bonus, show them this and a little later you can spring Young Frankenstein on them and they'll laugh all the louder. 

BUSTER KEATON SHORTS -- I've got one or two movies listed here. But the shorts of Buster Keaton are the place to start. Just look for the ones viewed the most on YouTube or the most popular on whatever service you stream them. The younger the kids are, the less they'll realize they're not supposed to be watching a black and white short and the more they'll love them for life. Plus, they're short! Consider a black and white silent short or classic Looney Tunes cartoon before your feature film or TV show watching begins! When you're ready for movies, Steamboat Bill, Sherlock Jr, The General and so on. Suggested shorts to start: One Week, Cops, The Cook, Convict 13, The Haunted House. As with all the silent shorts, you can find tons of them on YouTube for starters. 


CHARLIE CHAPLIN SHORTS -- Chaplin has the feature length films best geared towards kids (more than Keaton et al, I think). But his shorts are amazing and you probably haven't seen most of them and they're very funny. When you're ready for movies, of course The Kid, The Circus, City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times and so on. Some shorts to start with: Easy Street, The Adventurer, The Rink, One A.M. etc etc etc. See Buster Keaton shorts for my full advice on silent comedies. 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951) -- the 1951 version with Alastair Sim, but you already knew that, of course. 


DISNEY/PIXAR FILMS -- I list some of them here. You know them, you love them or at least you see their usefulness in keeping the kids intelligently entertained for 100 minutes at a time. 

THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE -- a less appreciated Disney animated film, this is a great spin on those Bing Crosby-Bob Hope road movies. Follow it up with The Road To Morocco. 

E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL -- Yes, they're going to get upset and cry at one point. It's ok.  

FOR ALL MANKIND (1989) -- this doc about the exploration of space isn't well known but it's terrific. It combines footage from all sorts of missions to create a sort of idealized space flight from take off to space walk to moon landing and back to earth. Really, really absorbing. If older kids love it, you can move on to the miniseries From The Earth To The Moon and the film Apollo 13.  

GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE -- on the silly/dumb side (which is not my cup of tea) but Brendan Fraser is so appealing as George he makes up for any failings. 

GOING MY WAY -- another Christmas movie! This one has a lot of Bing and kids interacting and it's great holiday fare. Though non-Catholics may find it a bit much, it's great (as is the sequel The Bells Of St. Mary's w Ingrid Bergman as a nun!). 


THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE -- a little-appreciated Disney film that's perfect for parents and kids fond of mysteries. A gateway drug to Sherlock Holmes and mysteries in general. This is the real rebirth of Disney (not quite The Fox and the Hound, which came out before, or the brilliant Little Mermaid, which came out after). 

HAIRSPRAY (1988) -- the stage musical is a lot of fun but watch the original John Waters film, not the musical version w John Travolta.  

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT -- So great, so fun, so original. It's a gateway drug to movie musicals. As a bonus, they'll be demanding to play Beatles music for weeks afterwards. See also Yellow Submarine.

THE HOBBIT (2012) -- No. Don't. Let them read the book, listen to a radio adaptation, but don't let them watch these movies. The Lord of the Rings? Yes. Not these. 

HOPE & GLORY -- the London home front during WW II from the kid's perspective. Charming. 


HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE -- definitely follow or precede the film with the novel it's based on by Dianne Wynne Jones. 


I WAS BORN, BUT... (1932) -- A Japanese silent comedy/drama about two kids who think their dad is kowtowing to the boss at work too much. Really great.  

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH -- a great score from Randy Newman and one of the more offbeat offerings from Disney. A peach. (Sue me.) 

JASON & THE ARGONAUTS (1963) -- stop motion action at its best since the original King Kong

THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967) -- another great collection of songs by the Sherman Brothers make this mid-period Disney a classic. The Mowgli stories are actually more complex and better than this movie or the many live action versions, with more of an emphasis on the inherent danger of the jungle, rather than it being a playground for humans.

KOYAANISQATSI -- Kids are so visually savvy from a young age, they may get it more quickly than a lot of adults. This is an 86 min mostly wordless documentary. It's been so influential it might not wow as much as it did in 1982. But it remains a mesmerizing spectacle with much to say about the beauty of the planet. Gorgeous. Ideal for everyone from kiddies to college students. 

KUNG FU PANDA -- you can stop here or hit the sequel if you like. Great fun. Follow it up with Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon or some Jackie Chan when they're ready. 




LAUREL AND HARDY SHORTS -- Start with: The Music Box, Busy Bodies, Brats, etc etc. Kids will love them, especially when you're watching and laughing along with them. Laurel and Hardy have some decent movies but really the shorts are where it's at. Plus, they're short! See also Buster Keaton for my advice on black and white silents. 


THE LITTLE FUGITIVE (1953) -- great film about a seven year old boy tricked into thinking he's hurt his brother so he runs away to Coney Island. All non-actors and it shows but also a loving look at NYC in the 1950s. Avoid the remake. 


A LITTLE PRINCESS (1995 and then 1939) -- the Shirley Temple version is solid but this remake is even better. Then you can read the novel! 

LITTLE WOMEN -- Like many, I have major problems with the novel. The first half is delightful. The second half is the sequel Good Wives but it's long been packaged as one novel and that's where Louisa May Alcott undercut everything she accomplished with the first book. And yet, it's been turned into a string of delightful movies. Though of COURSE Jo should have married Laurie, especially when he's embodied by Christian Bale. Despite this, the movies are great, by and large. The 1933 version starring Katherine Hepburn, the terrific 1994 version with Winona Ryder and the 2019 version with Saoirse Ronan probably in that order. All delightful in various ways. 

LOONEY TUNES CARTOON SHORTS -- Hey, before you watch a movie or tv episode, toss on a cartoon or silent short! If you're not sure where to begin, you can find a thousand lists online from people naming their favorite Looney Tunes cartoons. Or go to Amazon and check out a DVD with the 50 Best Looney Tunes for a great sampler suggestion. They'll all include stuff like What's Opera, Doc, One Froggy Evening, Scaredy Cat, Duck Amuck, The Rabbit Of Seville, Rabbit Hood (after you've shown them The Adventures Of Robin Hood), Duck Amuck and a million other greats. Hard to go wrong! 


MARY POPPINS (1964) -- and no, I don't recommend the books but this has one of the great scores. 

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947) -- dear god, NOT the remake

THE MUPPET MOVIE -- but then proceed to the classic TV series from the 1970s before tackling the many sequels of variable quality. 


MY LIFE AS A DOG --  a little stranger than you remember but wonderful. 

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO -- another animated gem from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. I just list this and Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, assuming anyone who loves these will seek out the rest. 


THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS -- I could list a dozen great Christmas/Halloween movies. But this should be a holiday perennial. 

OCTOBER SKY -- a great family film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a kid in a coal mining town who becomes enamored with science. Butts heads with his father. Bonus: the memoir it's based on is great too and includes a few strong sequels. 

ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS (1961) -- please not the live action remake.  

PATHER PANCHALI -- the Indian classic about life for the little boy Apu and his poor family. In two minutes the kids will forget they're watching a subtitled film. 

PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE -- and then the TV show and then Pee-wee's Big Top. 

PETER PAN -- better they should read the book rather than watch the Disney cartoon or any of the awful live action versions over the years. If you must, you can show them the Mary Martin TV version but I doubt it'll pull them in. 

PINOCCHIO (1940) -- Of course I mean the 1940 Disney original, not ANY of the thousand awful to so-so remakes over the years. This is one of the most beautiful animated films of all time and the story is a thorough, complex delight. You'll like the end of Spielberg's "A.I. : Artificial Intelligence" much more if you see this first. Oh, and it's SCARY during the amusement park scene. Like many classic Disney films, this has bite.  

THE PRINCESS BRIDE -- perfectly captures the book and of course it should be seen and then read or read and then seen and then seen and then read and then read again and then seen.... 

RATATOUILLE -- then dive into the reality TV series Kids Baking Championship if they're suddenly into cooking. 

THE RED BALLOON -- a wordless French film about a little boy being followed around by a red balloon. Simplicity itself and a delight. And it's 34 min long. I am not dissing the 2007 remake with Juliette Binocche but really, you need to see this first.  


RUDY -- the underdog of all underdog sports movies. Heart-warming and wholesome in the best possible sense. 





THE SOUND OF MUSIC -- haven't you shown them this already? What are you, a monster? 

SPIRITED AWAY -- A classic from Japan's Walt Disney, Hayao Miyazaki. He is a genius and almost everything he did is worth checking out. This is his masterpiece and it is VERY Japanese. That sense of discovering something new (rather than the latest spin on a fairy tale) is what makes it especially wonderful for Westerners. Just a delight. 

STAND BY ME -- a great coming of age tale. 

STAR WARS -- Duh. extra points if you can find a cut of the original theatrical cut for them to watch. Even more points if you stop watching after the original trilogy, at least for a while. Don't spoil their childhood so soon with the prequels and sequels. Bonus: like many movies and tv shows on here, you've got a LOT of books for them to dive into if they're loving it and want more. 

TANGLED -- this spin on Rapunzel is a top-notch Disney animated movie, ranking right up there. 

TARZAN (1999) -- only one or two Johnny Weissmuller movies can equal this Disney classic and it has no questionable portrayals of Africans to answer for. I have NO IDEA why they never made a proper sequel. 


THREE O'CLOCK HIGH -- a showdown with a bully, captured in nerve-racking, amusing detail. 


TO BE AND TO HAVE -- a French documentary about a teacher in a small rural town, where he deals with numerous ages at once in classic, one big room fashion. Kids will be engrossed seeing how their daily travails become the stuff of high drama in a film. And the teacher is so so kind and empathetic (like Mr Rogers times a thousand) you'd go back to school if you could have him as your home room teacher. 


TREASURE ISLAND (1950) -- and the book! And then the book Kidnapped! 

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN -- and the book is even better. 

20, 000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954) 

UP -- It's awesome to see kids moved by the life of an elderly couple. Plus, you'll spend the next few weeks shouting out "squirrel" the way the dog in the movie does. 



WE ARE THE BEST! -- pretty awesome Swedish film about 13 year old girls who want to rock out. In true punk fashion they have no clue how to play instruments but form a band anyway. The exclamation point is wholly deserved. 


WHITE FANG (1991) -- the Ethan Hawke version. 


WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) -- the Gene Wilder version only, please. i don't recommend the books. 

THE WINSLOW BOY --  this remake of a classic play is the best version. A family's honor is at stake when they defend their son and take him at his word over an incident at school. 

THE WIZARD OF OZ -- See, I'm not taking anything for granted. 

YELLOW SUBMARINE -- Yes, it has awesome, psychedelic visuals that prove the handcrafted loveliness of Disney and Miyazaki is just one way to go when it comes to animation. Yes, it has great songs and hey, it's the Beatles. What I love most is the offbeat sweetness of this affair. The Blue Meanies are defeated and kids should believe that will always happen. They'll have plenty of time later to realize it's not alway the case. 

ZOOTOPIA -- if they love it, lead them into film noir and detective films. 


AIRPLANE! -- a brief glimpse of boobies and some sexual innuendo. Let this warning stand in for all movies. But you know, the same can be found in Bugs Bunny and most of it will go over their heads. 

THE BREAKFAST CLUB -- of the John Hughes films, this is the one that has aged well. (Molly Ringwald is always great but Sixteen Candles and Pretty In Pink have problems.) And yes, it really is all the fault of the parents. 

THE CLASS -- French classic about Teacher and students in a high school class. 

CLUELESS -- timeless high school comedy. 

CRIP CAMP -- a great documentary film. It begins with kids at summer camp, except they're kids with varied disabilities in the early 1970s. Eye-opening and fun, with modest discussion of making out and getting lucky tossed in there, though the focus is on the kids who go there and their lives as activists later on. 

CROUCHING TIGER,  HIDDEN DRAGON -- quite long, with slow parts a flashback that will confuse younger kids. But it's a great film akin to The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) in terms of glorious entertainment. 

DAZED AND CONFUSED -- def for teens only with drinking and drugs and sex on tap. But one of the great high school movies. 

ELECTION -- high school politics at its worst (best). Def only for older kids. Pity it didn't remain satire. 

EMPIRE OF THE SUN -- a very serious film about World War II and one of Spielberg's best, it contains a riveting performance by Christian Bale as the young boy at its center. Deeply moving but a lot of heartache on the way. 



THE 400 HUNDRED BLOWS --  French classic about disaffected youth. Their Rebel Without A Cause. 

GOODFELLAS -- Good. You're paying attention. Just checking. 



HOOP DREAMS -- high schoolers with a dream of going pro. Should be gripping to any kids with a love of sports. You can break it up into three parts, since it's pretty long. 

ISLE OF DOGS -- delightful Wes Anderson film though kids especially sensitive to treatment of dogs should take care. Plus The Fantastic Mr. Fox. 

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE -- pretty darn dark, by the way. 

A LITTLE ROMANCE -- an absolute charmer of a movie where an American girl befriends a french boy in Paris and they decide their first kiss simply must take place at a particular bridge in Venice. Helping in their scheme is a wonderfully hammy Laurence Olivier as a pickpocket elderly man. The debut film of Diane Lane. 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS -- Quite violent and dark, ultimately but great. Do NOT let your kids watch The Hobbit movies, not if you love them. Let them read that book, or better still read it with them. Then when they're ready, the Lord Of The Rings movies. You can also find a GREAT BBC radio adaptation that runs to 12 or so episodes. It's terrific and a great new way to enjoy these stories. 

PAPER MOON -- During the Depression, a shady Bible salesman is saddled with a little girl. In black and white but since you've been showing your kids Charlie Chaplin shorts for a while, they won't blink twice! A gem, but a little downbeat and serious at times, so really for kids ready for that. 



RED RIVER -- a great western and ideal for its unspoken (substitute) father and son dynamic. This is a way into Westerns though many others would choose Shane. 

SEVEN SAMURAI -- Perfect for older kids. You might think they'll complain about subtitles but they've probably been seeing them on various tv shows for years. A great entertainment to get them into classic cinema from around the world. Wait a little and then you can show them The Magnificent Seven. 

SEVEN UP/14 UP/21 UP -- three landmark documentary films. The first focuses on a modest cross section of kids in the UK who are of course seven years old. The second film catches up with them seven years later and the third when they're 21. Kids will love seeing themselves the unvarnished focus of a film and taken seriously. Teens will be amused by the first and engaged by the second. If they ask to see the third and fourth and so on, you've done a good job parenting or they're just very very smart!

SPIDERMAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE -- a lot of the Spider Man movies are quite good, from the great first two Tobey Maguires to Tom Holland's run. But this animated version is great for how it uses so many different styles of animation and captures the vibe of a comic book more than perhaps any other film to date. It's though like all Spidey movies it gets dark and heavy too. 

SUMMER 1993 -- a Spanish film about a six year old orphaned girl who goes to live with relatives. Not strictly a kids movie but it's presented quite often from her perspective. For older kids. 

SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE - the grand daddy of superhero movies, this is also kind of beautifully SLOW. Like an old Bible epic. Then Superman II. Then stop. 


TWENTY FOUR EYES -- classic Japanese tearjerker about a beloved school teacher. As a bonus, it has a strong anti-war message.


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE -- perhaps a little too intense for little kids, this imaginative film is the rare feature length film to tackle a picture book, expand it into a film and do it justice. A bold beautiful film.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN -- So, so funny. Even better, prepare them with some scary classic horror originals like Bride Of Frankenstein and the like. Not necessary to enjoy this  masterpiece from Mel Brooks. 




ADVENTURE TIME -- 12 minute episodes make this perfect for diving in. 

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (1978) -- definitely the original rather than the recent remake. The original is perfect for kids with a love of animals. Though some creatures die most cases resolve happily and the animals are messily, delightfully real. Bonus: the books are great too (and very well read by the lead actor if you're inclined to an audio book.) 

AMERICAN DREAMS -- hard to find right now, but when it reappears this is an excellent family drama w great classic music to boot. (Pity about the rushed ending to season three.) 

ANIMANIACS (1993) -- start with the original series. 

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1985) -- I'm referring to the 1985 Canadian TV series, which surely will pop up again somewhere someday soon. Bonus: the books are great too. 

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER (2005) -- the animated series, NOT the live action movie. 


BLUE PLANET (2001) -- The quality of nature documentaries has gone through the roof in recent decades and you can credit Blue Planet for that. It's an absolute milestone and I couldn't give a toss for nature or the outdoors. Engrossing and thrilling from start to finish. Like Disney, you will be seeing some death and dying but by and large it's inspiring and hopeful. They can deal with it. 

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS -- the classic original. 

THE COSBY SHOW -- yep.  

DEXTER'S LABORATORY (1996) -- kid with secret lab he hides from his folks, though annoying sister complicates things. The gateway drug to Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2003) and Samurai Jack. 

DOCTOR WHO (1963 onward) -- If you're not a fan already, you probably won't be. But anyone with a zest for sci-fi should dive in. Especially fun with the kids and a great reminder how $5 special effects work great when you're ready to suspend disbelief. 

EERIE, INDIANA (1991) -- a Twilight Zone for kids. Gone too soon!

EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS -- a great show centered on a kid, very funny and sharp. 

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS -- irreplaceable. And dear god, not the film version with Jim Carrey. 

KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP -- very well done cooking show where kids age 10-13ish compete in a series of VERY challenging baking competitions. Fun spirit, generous hosts but kids do get very upset. If your kid is into cooking you're already watching this. 

LEAVE IT TO BEAVER -- early seasons especially are great. The pilot will open your mind to this show, for a scene where Beaver and Wally discuss how to handle their parents. Not so wholesome or dull as you'd think. 

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- stop after about three or four seasons, but it's saccharine good fun right up until Nellie Olsen becomes a demon child and one of the Ingalls kids goes blind. Bonus: you can get them to tackle the books. (And if you're that sort of parent, you'll follow with a discussion about HOW to read them.) 

THE MUPPET SHOW (1976) -- finally available again on Disney+ and worth the $6 a month for that alone. Old school vaudeville, this is great family entertainment in the best sense of the word.  

PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE -- sneakily progressive, but don't worry. It's mostly just silly fun. 

PINKY AND THE BRAIN -- worthy of comparison to classic Looney Tunes stuff. 'nuff said. 


THE ROCKY & BULLWINKLE SHOW (1959) -- missing in action, but awesomely fun in its absurdist and silly attitude. So keep an eye out. 

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK -- more great shorts to plug in before watching a movie or tv show. Reason enough to get Disney+ at least for a month or two. 

THE SOPRANOS -- You're STILL paying attention. Good! 

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS -- You'll probably feel SpongeBob has drained Bikini Bottom of every comic potential after the fourth or fifth season, but the series is dependably delightful and I cherish any show that has a kind rather than snarky attitude. Who better to celebrate dorkiness and optimism? Pretty irresistible. 

THE WONDER YEARS (1998) -- getting a reboot but the original is still striking for its mix of comedy and drama and taking the kids' point of view w seriousness. 


BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (1992) -- a gazillion comic book-based shows are out there. If you're into that stuff, you know what to enjoy with your kids. This is a high water mark and perfect for sharing.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER -- older kids. Great way to have boys watch a girl kick ass. Monsters! High school! Sex (eventually)! 


FREAKS AND GEEKS -- set in high school in the early 1980s. One of the great casting jobs of all time means this is filled with amazing talent. 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2006) -- the 2004 movie is very good too. You can just watch the first season and be done. It's nigh on perfect. Or you can skip season two. (Trust me.) Or if you love it you can watch it all and deal with the messiness. Great kids, great for sports fans (but not just for sports fans; I don't care about football in the least) and great for showing a happily married husband and wife. 

GILMORE GIRLS -- not just for girls! Great watching kids deal with parents and parents deal with THEIR parents. Great dialogue and smart and funny and sweet. 

I'LL FLY AWAY -- this classic tv drama is impossible to find right now. But once it's available, this is great and enduring television. 

I  LOVE LUCY -- especially the first few seasons. Barely a kid in sight but who cares? 


MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS -- the kids will come for the silliness and stay for the bracing absurdity of it all. 

RICK & MORTY -- they're already watching it; you should too. 

SAMURAI JACK -- awesome cartoon series that notches up the darkness in the fifth and final season. 


STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (2003) -- Note, this is the 2003 miniseries/movie created by Genndy Tartakovsky, NOT the 2008 series overseen by George Lucas. Needless to say, the Lucas series is more readily available. Sigh. 

VERONICA MARS (2004) -- A great detective show. Great father-daughter relationship. Never comes close to equalling season one and I would advise you to watch just that. But you'll keep watching because Kristen Bell. I remain amazed by the voice Max Greenfield used for his character in this series -- how did he come up with it? Why? 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The IRAs -- Best Picture Winners For The Past 20 Years

 The IRAs -- Best Picture Winners For The Past 20 Years

L’ Humanite (2000)
The Werckmeister Harmonies (2001)
Far From Heaven and The Son’s Room (tie) (2002)
Decasia (2003)
Kinsey (2004)
Mysterious Skin (2005)
L’Enfant (2006)
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
The Edge Of Heaven (2008)
Hunger (2009)

A Prophet/Un Prophete (2010) 
The Tree Of Life (2011)
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (2012)
Laurence Anyways (2013)
Nightcrawler (2014)
Tangerine (2015)
Moonlight (2016)
BPM (2017)
Capernaum (2018)
End Of The Century (2019)  

And the complete list of Best Picture Winners: 


Barry Lyndon (1975)
Lipstick and The Marquise Of O (tie) (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)
Days Of Heaven (1978)
Fedora (1979)

The Big Red One (1980)
Cutter’s Way (1981)
Victor/Victoria (1982)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1983)
L’Argent and Once Upon A Time In America (tie) (1984)
Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
Eyes On The Prize (1986)
Housekeeping (1987)
Dead Ringers (1988)
Story Of Women (1989)

GoodFellas (1990)
The Man In The Moon (1991)
Raise The Red Lantern (1992)
Six Degrees Of Separation (1993)
Red (1994)
Exotica (1995)
La Ceremonie (1996)
Crash (the David Cronenberg film) and Grosse Pointe Blank (tie) (1997)
Gods And Monsters (1998)
Fight Club (1999)

L’ Humanite (2000)
The Werckmeister Harmonies (2001)
Far From Heaven and The Son’s Room (tie) (2002)
Decasia (2003)
Kinsey (2004)
Mysterious Skin (2005)
L’Enfant (2006)
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
The Edge Of Heaven (2008)
Hunger (2009)

A Prophet/Un Prophete (2010) 
The Tree Of Life (2011)
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (2012)
Laurence Anyways (2013)
Nightcrawler (2014)
Tangerine (2015)
Moonlight (2016)
BPM (2017)
Capernaum (2018)
End Of The Century (2019)  

Kajillionaire (2020) 

Monday, April 19, 2021


 The 46st Annual IRA FILM AWARD WINNERS -- 2020/EARLY 2021 Releases

The IRAs are a mysterious but august film society launched in 1976 when it proudly named Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon the best film of the previous year. Officially known as the New York Independent Film Critics Awards -- but lovingly nicknamed the IRAs -- they are more international and indie focused than the Oscars, more mercurial than the LA Film Critics and even more loyal to their favorites than the Golden Globes. The IRAs are proud to announce their picks for the best movies released commercially on any platform in 2020 (ish).

Without further ado, the IRA goes to... 


Best Picture: Kajillionaire
Best Director: Miranda July for Kajillionaire
Best Actor: Bartosz Bielenia for Corpus Christi 
Best Actress: Kate Winslet for Ammonite
Best Supporting Actor: Glynn Turman for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom  
Best Supporting Actress: Robyn Nevin for Relic 
Best Nonfiction Film: Dick Johnson Is Dead and My Octopus Teacher (tie) 
Best Screenplay:  Miranda July for Kajillionaire 
Best Cinematography: Benjamin Kracun for Beats and Monsoon and Promising Young Woman 
Best Production Design: Mayne Berke for Sylvie's Love and Sergey Ovanov for Beanpole (tie)   
Best Score/Use Of Music: Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O'Halloran for Ammonite 
Best Editing: Andrew Patterson for The Vast Of Night 
Best Costumes: Michael O'Connor for Ammonite 
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): Tenet 
Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): Mank
Mechanical Actress: Elizabeth Moss for The Invisible Man and Shirley  
Mechanical Actor: James Corden for The Prom

The 2019 IRAs took place in March in NYC right before lockdown. The group approached a cinematic Singularity with a half human/half machine ceremony unlike any in its existence.  The typical gathering over the years might feature one or at most two virtual attendees. Last year,  it morphed into a Kubrickian spectacle with a circle of chairs featuring a human seated next to a laptop next to a human next to a tablet next to a human a smartphone and so on. It was...surreal but no stranger than what everyone would deal with for the next year of the pandemic. 

This year, the 2020 IRAs took place later than ever with an April 17, 2021 ceremony. The eligible films covered a rough, much-debated calendar stretching from January of 2020 to February (ish) of 2021 and included any film you could see any place, anywhere and any time, be it Netflix or digital download or a drive-in or -- on blessed but rare occasions -- an indoor movie theater. 

The actual gathering was digital only, with everyone Zooming in from their respective homes, cars and spider holes. The titular Ira zoomed in from a surprisingly spacious pad set decorated by Spike Jonze, maintaining a Sphinx-like silence throughout. The quips, insults and asides that make the IRAs the IRAs became entangled in digital delays, unintentional self-muting and other mechanical tripwires. Worse, Official Stenographer Alex abandoned his usual role of transcribing the choicest comments for posterity (or at least an amusing recap the next day). George suggested he simply record the entire event and pull out the best quotes later, but for legal reasons, that was abandoned.   

On the other hand, zoom meetings are so familiar to everyone that members who often restricted themselves to submitting a paper ballot took part again for the first time in literally decades. (Okay, 18 years to be exact.) Who knew Adam sported a mustache? Mark! David! And Julia and Jim in the role of UN observers! Here's hoping everyone takes part any way they can in 2022 AND that most of us are together in the same damn room. 

Our dream that a zoom gathering might proceed with alacrity was soon dashed. Evening became morning as the voting veered from this year's best to this year's worst and a first impressions take on the best of the 2010s. 

And now a blow-by-blow description of the night, in order of voting. We begin, as always, with the category of Best Costumes. Instead of our traditional first vote led by the titular Ira, we began alphabetically with Aaron to Adam to Alex and so on.  The IRA goes to...


1. Michael O'Connor for Ammonite -- 24 pts (out of a possible 40-45 pts.)
2. Jacqueline Durran for Lovers Rock and Alex Wheatle -- 23 pts. 
3. Olga Smirnova for Beanpole -- 18 pts.
4. Phoenix Mellow for Sylvie's Love -- 14 pts.
5. Jennifer Johnson for Kajillionaire -- 12 pts.

POINT OF ORDER: This year eight to nine ballots were in play throughout the night. (Some voters popped in and out as family made its demands, as families will, zoom meeting or no zoom meeting.)  With a top score for each nominee of 5 pts, the maximum any one nominee could achieve in any category was 45 pts. when everyone was voting. Voting begins with each member naming their top pick. If a majority of the ballots name the same winner, this triumph is acknowledged as a win "by acclamation." However a winner may be chosen (by acclamation or by a complete tally), this is followed by the automatic vote to rescind.

The Vote To Rescind is offered after every single category. Why? Once the totals are in, members may feel the actual winner doesn't reflect the best choice. Or perhaps they prefer the runner-up. After the winner is announced, members are asked to consider a Vote To Rescind. If a majority of the members actively voting support it, the winner is rescinded and the runner-up is made the official champion. This is followed by another vote to rescind until the victor is confirmed. It's a somewhat controversial tactic. But it rarely comes into play more than once a year and in a spirit of we're-all-in-this-together, the Vote To Rescind played no role this year until one brief appearance in the negative awards that end the night.  

NOTE: Like Presidential nominating conventions of yore, the real action at the IRAs typically takes place in smoke-filled backrooms where pressure is applied, deals are made and better angels are fruitlessly appealed. OK, there's no smoke and we're usually eating cake and gobbling snacks but deals are struck. OK, I'll give you points for production design for -- ugh -- Wes Anderson -- but you have to give me points in the screenplay category for that four hour Albanian drama! It's fun!  It works! And this year, it happened by text if at all. Not. The. Same. 

Runner-ups Lovers Rock and Alex Wheatle  are two episodes in the five part TV anthology series Small Axe. They prove the IRAs recent open-mindedness towards streaming was prescient, bold and ultimately no big deal. The major awards followed in our wake this year since the pandemic made insisting on a theatrical release nigh on impossible. Sure, the Oscars may take one step back in 2022 after this year's bowing to reality, but the door (or in this case, the window) has been opened. 

Who cares what platform a work of art is released on? If HBO MAX buys a movie at Sundance, why does that automatically mean the project is "TV" and not a movie? But if a streamer like Netflix buys it and opens it day and date in a theater it's a ..."streamer"? But not a "movie" by Oscar standards? And if it's bought by IFC and plays one week on one screen in New York City before heading to streaming anyway a few months then suddenly later it's a movie again? Yep, it made no sense to us either. So we changed the rules, not without much hard-wringing. The result? One year after the new rules allow any movie available to IRA members as a whole in any way to be eligible, all sorts of films seen via Netflix or VOD or the like pepper the list. In short, if you can see it and convince other IRAS voters that what you saw is  and a movie -- and a good movie,  at that -- it's fair game. Thus three parts of a five part anthology series that aired on BBC One and Amazon Prime are in the mix throughout the evening. And no one blinked an eye. 

Finally, Ammonite scored early while Michael's favorite Beanpole was in the mix and drew admiring comments from a number of quarters. Meanwhile, Kajillionaire, a quirky, little-discussed  comedy by writer-director Miranda July, popped in with a modest, last place finish for its costumes. Hey, that was a great track suit. 


1. Andrew Patterson (as Junius Tully) for The Vast Of Night  -- 20 pts.
2. (tie) Gabriel Rhodes for Time -- 15 pts.
    (tie) Chloé Zhao  for Nomadland -- 15 pts.
4. Robin Hill for Beats --12 pts.
5. Dana Bunescu, George Cragg and Alexander Nanau for Collective  -- 9 pts.

NOTE: When editing was added to the list of categories that the IRAs vote on, some concern arose it might be dominated by nonfiction films. Even though many docs have a script, by nature they are often discovered after filming has ended. Recent years have proven narrative films can hold their own. Yes, the docs Time and Collective (which was edited by a collective, apparently) scored points. But the overall winner is the low-budget, little-seen yet highly admired (by us) sci-fi flick The Vast Of Night. It's a smart film made on a dime that  shows off great talent in editing, cinematography, acting and especially the co-writing, editing and directing of Andrew Patterson. The Vast Of Night is the sort of film the IRAs can usefully shine a spotlight on. Check it out! And Patterson is one to watch. 


1. Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O'Halloran for Ammonite  -- 27 pts.
2. (tie) Emile Mosseri for Kajillionaire and Minari -- 17 pts.
3. (tie) Ed Bailie and Abi Leland, music supervisors for Lovers Rock -- 17 pts.
4. Stephen Hindman and Penelope Trappes for Beats --13 pts.
5. Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton  -- 10 pts.

NOTE: How do you compare the score for Ammonite to the soundtrack of late 1970s Britain deep reggae and "lovers rock" songs? By re-naming your award "Best Score/Use Of Music" and letting the4 gods sort it out. Lovers Rock definitely serves up the better playlist for outside-of-movie listening. But in fairness to the others, its mosts transcendent moment during the evening long house party is when the movie drops the actual song playing out of the mix and all you see and hear are the people in the room dancing and moving and singing along to the song we're no longer hearing. It's the best moment in the movie and captures better than any other moment in cinema this year the joy of communal pleasure in a song...and yet there's not a note playing! Genius. Beats is a Scottish film not enough people saw since it popped onto our radar late in the day. But the few who saw it mostly loved it and Beats is another little-known flick worth checking out a reason the IRAs are worth doing. 


1. Mayne Berke for Sylvie's Love (tie) -- 19 pts.
    Sergey Ovanov for Beanpole (tie) -- 19 pts.
3. Sarah Finlay for Ammonite -- 15 pts.
4. Steven Jones-Evans for Relic -- 13 pts.
5. (tie) Adam Dietrich for The Vast Of Night  -- 11 pts. 
    (tie) Sam Lisenco for Kajillionaire -- 11 pts.

NOTE: The Harlem-set period drama Sylvie's Love shows the Brits don't have a patent on music-centric films of romance set in the black community. Tied for first is the smashing Russian drama Beanpole, which has an AMAZING production design. Ammonite is close behind, but some films are strong in the tech awards and then soon fade away. Horror flick gets some love -- it will receive more later -- and The Vast Of Night shows it might be a comer. Meanwhile, Miranda July's Kajillionaire is in last place again. Keep moving, nothing to see here, move along please. 


1. Benjamin Kracun for Beats and Monsoon and Promising Young Woman -- 24 pts.
2. Kseniya Sereda for Beanpole -- 15 pts.
3. Andrey Naydenov for Dear Comrades! -- 12 pts.
4. Stéphanie Fontaine for Ammonite -- 11 pts.
5. Miguel I. Littin-Menz for The Vast Of Night -- 9 pts.

NOTE: Ok, so the crew pushing Beats isn't done yet as it scores what would prove the indie's biggest win of the night. When an artist is involved with more than one film, we honor that person's entire work in the period of eligibility UNLESS a vote is taken to specifically remove a second or third (or fourth) film from the role of honor. Since cinematographer Benjamin "release the" Kracun worked on three admired films, he jumped to the top of this category for Beats, Promising Young Woman and Monsoon. It was pointed out that Kracun merely photographed the Cary Grant-handsome actor Henry Golding in Monsoon and doesn't actually deserve any credit for how appealing Golding is, but to no avail. Again, three favorites of Michael are in the mix, with The Vast Of Night and Ammonite making the list while his favorite Beanpole is in second place again. This is proving to be a very good night indeed. Director Andrey Konchalovskiy's late career success Dear Comrades! benefitted from a strong campaign by Greg, shining a light on a career some of us summed up with the good B movie Runaway Train. He is indeed the older brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, a tiresome nationalist whose politics are violently opposite to those of the typical IRA voter. After much back and forth, we couldn't determine Konchalovskiy's leanings but Dear Comrades! is certainly no ode to Mother Russia. Sorry Dear Comrades!, the night can belong to only one Russian film **smirk** and that film is Beanpole.   


1. Miranda July for Kajillionaire  -- 25 pts.
2. Lee Isaac Chung for Minari -- 16 pts.
3. Mateusz Pacewicz for Corpus Christi -- 14 pts.
4. Evan Morgan for The Kid Detective --11 pts.
5. Francis Lee for Ammonite -- 10 pts.

NOTE: Oops. The also-ran Kajillionaire vaults to the top with a commanding win for Best Screenplay. Director Miranda July's offbeat sensibility is surely the film's strong suit and it has a lovely grace note at the end that makes this her most emotionally engaging and sweet film to date. So fair is fair. It has to win something. The subtle work for Minari is a worthy honorable mention, while Ammonite is still a player. Two movies gain traction: the excellent Polish film Corpus Christi and the delightful genre flick The Kid Detective. What if Encyclopedia Brown grew up, still wanted to solve crimes and everyone around him kept saying, "It's not cute anymore!" That's the premise of The Kid Detective" which grows from that amusing premise into a genuine noir boasting a career-best performance from the very appealing Adam Brody. That's the way we do it in the O.C. bitch! But where the heck is Beanpole? 

1. Dick Johnson Is Dead (tie)  -- 18 pts.  
    My Octopus Teacher (tie)  -- 18 pts.
3. Collective -- 17 pts.
4. Time -- 13 pts.
5. Crip Camp -- 10 pts.

NOTE: The Best Nonfiction Film is a recent add to the IRAs and not without controversy (of course), since creating a category like this almost ensures a nonfiction film won't win the much-desired top prize for Best Film.  It was another banner year for documentary films. If this hasn't already been dubbed a Golden Age for docs, it's been so dubbed now. These five films could easily be expanded to ten without blinking an eye. The two winners were tub-thumped by Aaron right to victory and deservedly so. Collective is perhaps the front runner for the Academy Award but My Octopus Teacher is coming up strong while Crip Camp and Time both have passionate adherents. All five are absolutely worth your time, as are the five flicks picked down below for Best Picture.  


Andy offered some digital cake to the zoomers. A sweet gesture indeed. But....  Not. The. Same. And then action resumes!


1. Robyn Nevin for Relic -- 20 pts.
2. Vasilisa Perelygina for Beanpole -- 14 pts.
3. (tie) Lesley Manville for Let Him Go -- 10 pts.   
    (tie) Amanda Seyfried for Mank --10 pts.
    (tie) Debra Winger for Kajillionaire -- 10 pts.
    (tie) Yuh-Jung Youn for Minari -- 10 pts.

NOTE: Beanpole is back, baby! No, it didn't win Best Supporting Actress. That was the very IRA victory for Robyn Nevin in a horror flick strongly backed by our Master of Ceremonies Alex. But Beanpole continues to score strongly as we hit the Big Six of acting, directing and Best Picture. Kajillionaire garnered more love but that was a four way tie for third place. A fluke! Sure Kajillionaire has popped up in four categories, but so has Beanpole. Soon, the dreams for Beanpole will be dashed to the ground. Soon, but not yet.  


1. Glynn Turman for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom -- 20 pts.
2. Peter MacNeil for The Kid Detective -- 15 pts.
3. Richard Jenkins for Kajillionaire -- 14 pts.
4. (tie) Alan Kim for Minari --11 pts.
    (tie) Lorn Macdonald for Beats -- 11 pts.

NOTE: I don't think a single IRA voter actually liked Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. But the fine actor Glynn Turman made the most of the great playwright August Wilson's words and scored a Best Supporting Actor IRA award, manic editing or no manic editing. Some argued that surely the performance wasn't so good that we needed to bring attention to a movie no one was recommending? Wouldn't it be better -- and indeed more IRAnian -- to honor a great performance in the fun flick The Kid Detective, a movie we could heartily recommend to movie lovers?  Sadly, this impeccable logic fell on deaf ears. (Kajillionaire? Again??)


1. Kate Winslet for Ammonite -- 24 pts.
2. Evan Rachel Wood for Kajillionaire -- 23 pts.
3. Viktoria Miroschnichenko for Beanpole -- 14 pts.
4. Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm --11 pts.
5. Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman -- 8 pts.

NOTE: Kate Winslet's marvelous work in Ammonite barely squeaked out a victory over the deep-voiced,  poignant turn by Evan Rachel Wood in Kajillionaire. BarelyAnd the tall, gangly, unforgettable turn by the titular star of Beanpole? A very distant third. Michael began cursing quietly under his breath. However, it's around this time and category a momentous shift occurred in the Great Game of IRA award politicking. Some IRA members are blissfully unconcerned with influencing the outcome of the vote. They have their favorites for each category and by god, they're sticking to them. Even if no one else has even seen their favorite performance or heard the score they love and switching votes around might mean their second-favorite score triumphs and wins the IRA, they just won't do it. Their votes are their votes and they're sticking to 'em. George and Andy are first among equals in this purist approach to the IRAs, with George especially determined to give his five points to that Belgian Holocaust drama that played one week at Anthology Archives and which no one else has even heard of, much less seen. But by god it has the best damn production design and he's sticking with it! Pleas for him to strategize and fight for victory rather than suffer yet another noble defeat always fell on indifferent ears. Until now. This year, for some reason known only to him and his G-d, George quietly but determinedly changed his five point favorite from one pick that hadn't a chance in hell of triumphing to another pick that did indeed have a chance in hell of winning. Jaws dropped. He embraced a new strategy and it was a beautiful thing to see. Can Andy be far behind? Will the IRAs become even more cutthroat in the future? We shall see.


1. Bartosz Bielenia for Corpus Christi  -- 23 pts.
2. Riz Ahmed for Sound Of Metal  -- 29 pts.
3. Mads Mikkelsen for Another Round-- 18 pts.
4. (tie) Adam Brody for The Kid Detective-- 9 pts.
    (tie) Steve Yeun for Minari -- 9 pts.

NOTE: Huzzah! Corpus Christi is hardly unheralded: Poland chose it as that country's entry for the Best International Film category at the Academy Awards. Still, who in the West is touting the magnetic, fierce, compassionate, star-making performance of Bartosz Bielenia as the violent juvenile offender turned priest imposter? No one! No one, that is, until the IRAs step in to save the day. Riz Ahmed is a worthy runner up for the Oscar hopeful Sound Of Metal. Plus, he'll be pleased to know we honored his work years ago in the cult favorite Nightcrawler. That film will also be a major contender in our picks for the best movies of the 2010s below. 


1. Miranda July for Kajillionaire -- 20 pts.
2. Francis Lee for Ammonite -- 17 pts.
3. Kantemir Balagov for Beanpole -- 13 pts.
4. Jan Komasa for Corpus Christi -- 10 pts.
5. Andrey Konchalovskiy for Dear Comrades! -- 9 pts.

NOTE: The IRA group is not  a signatory to any auteurist manifesto as such, but Best Director and Best Picture often go hand in hand. Not always, since runner-up Francis Lee will see her film Ammonite fall to #4 in the Best Picture round while Thomas Vinterberg barely made a peep in Best Director and yet his film Another Round damn near wins Best Picture! What's going on? Just a last minute attempt by Michael to stop the Kajillionaire train in its tracks. No luck. If he symbolically laid down across the tracks like some damsel in a silent one-reeler, Michael was flattened as quickly and completely as a copper penny. How 'bout Ammonite? (George admired Kate Winslet but not the film.) Another Round? Anybody? Corpus Christi? Too little, too late. On the bright side, July is only the third woman to win Best Director at the IRAs, following Nadine Labaki for 2018's Capernaum and Nancy Savoca for 1993's Household Saints. 


1. Kajillionaire -- 20 pts.
2. Another Round -- 18 pts.
3. Beanpole -- 14 pts.
4. Ammonite -- 13 pts.
5. Corpus Christi -- 9 pts.

And so Kajillionaire wins the Top Prize.  Miranda July becomes the third woman to win the IRA for Best Director and the second woman to direct a Best Picture winner, after Capernaum for 2018. Are the IRAs waking up the importance of diversity? No, because the IRAs have a long and proud history of embracing films, performances and technical achievements by people of color, various sexual orientations and women from all over the world. If anything, the weak representation of women in the top prizes is a chicken and egg dilemma. The more women get the opportunity to make movies, the more their work will be recognized by the IRAs, where two of the last three years have seen women triumph. Nonetheless, Michael is forced to point out that $500 a month is a LOT of money to pay for a living space regularly flooded with pink suds. It beggars belief. 


A digital cake from Andy offered a byte or two for those not on a diet and then it was back to the awards. Up next, our "negative" awards, where we bitch about performances and movies that did not please us at all. That's followed by our First Impressions vote on the Best Films of the 2010s. It seems like only yesterday we were voting on the Best Films of the Noughts. How quickly the years pass.... 

SOMINEX (The movie that put you to sleep)

1. Tenet -- 23 pts.
2. Mank -- 18 pts.
3. The Trial Of The Chicago 7 -- 11 pts.
4. The Midnight Sky -- 8 pts.
5. (tie) Ammonite -- 5 pts.
    (tie) Shirley -- 5 pts. 
    (tie) Wolfwalkers -- 5 pts. 

DRAMAMINE (The film that made you sick)

1    1. Mank -- 18 pts.
2. Wonder Woman 1984-- 15 pts.
3. Da 5 Bloods -- 10 pts.
4. Hillbilly Elegy -- 6 pts.

    The Prom -- 20 pts. RESCINDED 

NOTE: Some felt trashing The Prom was too easy and a vote to rescind was successful, putting our bllseye squarely on the back of Mank. Movies are NEVER historically accurate but Pauline Kael's long-debunked theory on who wrote Citizen Kane is a poor choice for basing a movie on that's geared to movie buffs who know better than anyone how dumb its premise actually proved to be. So there! P.S. It's a sled.  


1. Elisabeth Moss for The Invisible Man and Shirley -- 23 pts.
2. Meryl Streep for Let Them All Talk and The Prom -- 17 pts.
3. Viola Davis for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom -- 15 pts.
4. Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy -- 14 pts.
5. Nicole Kidman for The Prom -- 10 pts.


1. James Corden for The Prom -- 22 pts.
2. Kenneth Branagh for Tenet -- 19 pts.
3. Gary Oldman for Mank -- 14 pts.
4. Tom Hanks for Greyhound and News Of The World -- 12 pts.
5. Sacha Baron Cohen for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and The Trial Of The Chicago 7-- 8 pts. 


1. A Separation -- 33 pts. 
2. Nightcrawler -- 32 pts. 
3. Moonlight -- 31 pts. 
4. (tie) Un Prophète -- 30 pts. 
    (tie) Tangerine -- 30 pts. 
6. Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood -- 29 pts. 
7. Laurence Anyways -- 26 pts. 
8. In Jackson Heights -- 24 pts. 
9. The Tree Of Life -- 20 pts. 
10. The Tribe -- 19 pts. 

NOTE: At the end of each decade, the IRAs offer up their first impressions of the best films of the past ten years. Members simply read off their ten favorite films, ranking each film so their top choice receives ten points, their second choice nine points on down to one. Then we tot them up. Easy peasy! Except even here Michael's campaigning fell short. He was hopeful Mad Max: Fury Road could make the Top 10. But the stink of failure that clung to him after that desperate attempt to stop a kajillion wins for Kajillionaire made Michael's push for Top 10 glory fall short. Ah well. As Doris Day sang, que sera sera. It's an admirable Top 10 nonetheless. Anyone wanting to see some of the best films of the decade can start here with confidence. 


11. (tie) Mad Max: Fury Road -- 18 Pts. 
      (tie) Pain & Glory -- 18 pts 
13. (tie) End Of The Century -- 16 pts. 
      (tie) Roma -- 16 pts. 
15. B.P.M. -- 15 pts. 
16. The Florida Project -- 12 pts. 
17. (tie) Call Me By Your Name -- 11 pts. 
      (tie) Fill The Void -- 11 pts. 
19. (tie) The Other Side Of The Wind -- 10 pts. 
      (tie) Parasite -- 10 pts. 
      (tie) Toni Erdmann -- 10 pts.


Alex Wheatle 
Another Round 
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 
Corpus Christi 
Crip Camp 
Dear Comrades! 
Dick Johnson Is Dead 
The Kid Detective 
Let Her Go 
Lovers Rock 
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom  
My Octopus Teacher 
Promising Young Woman
Sound Of Metal 
Sylvie's Love 
The Vast Of Night


The IRAs are a mysterious but august film society that has voted on the best films of the year since 1976. Officially known as the New York Independent Film Critics Awards -- but lovingly nicknamed the IRAs -- they are more international and indie focused than the Oscars, more mercurial than the LA Film Critics, more loyal to their favorites than the Golden Globes. 

The IRAs began when passionate film students and friends complained about the parade of annual awards shows, declaring, "We could do better!" What followed was an all-night, knock-down, drag-out fight to establish the very first winners of the IRAs. (One of the members is named Ira, but how his name became the name of the award is a story lost in the mist of time, alcohol and since it was the 1970s perhaps cannabis.) The IRAs group has been profiled in The New Yorker, so it is officially a New York institution, though no one has ever heard of it. Over the years, its rotating cast of voting members have included Oscar-winning writers, major directors, top studio execs, best-selling and critically acclaimed authors of books on movies, critics, screenwriters, budding playwrights, film scholars, plain old movie buffs and so on. 

Every year, the IRAs shine a light on some of the best movies of the year. The secret reason the IRAs flourish is that its members are passionate film lovers. Many have careers involving the arts, but it's not always easy to stay in the swim of things, to keep on top of the flood of new releases every year, especially when the movies favored by IRA members are not always playing at your local multiplex for weeks at a time. The movies they appreciate tend to be harder to catch, playing in theaters only briefly before popping up (hopefully) eventually on some streaming service or DVD. Quite simply, the IRAs force them to stay committed to seeing new movies with the same fervor they felt in their college days when going to see a film was the only purpose in life, before jobs and family made frivolous claims on their time. So if you want to stay on top of great cinema every year or explore its history, there's no better place to start than the award winners of the IRAs. 

True, the IRAs have no more claim to pronounce the best films of the year than anyone else. But they've been doing it for decades so hey, it's tradition! 



1975 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Barry Lyndon
Best Director: Claude Chabrol for La Rupture and Just Before Nightfall
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Best Actress: Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Best Supporting Actor: François Perrier in Just Before Nightfall
Best Supporting Actress: Blythe Danner in Hearts Of The West
Best Screenplay: Tom Stoppard and Thomas Wiseman for The Romantic Englishwoman
Best Cinematography: John Alcott for Barry Lyndon

1976 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: (tie) Lipstick and The Marquise Of O
Best Director: Eric Rohmer for The Marquise Of O
Best Actor: Sean Connery in Robin And Marian
Best Actress: Sissy Spacek in Carrie
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Robards in All The President’s Men
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Bancroft in Lipstick
Best Screenplay: Alain Tanner and John Berger for Jonah Who Will Be 25 In The Year 2000
Best Cinematography: Nestor Almendros for The Marquise Of O

1977 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Annie Hall
Best Director: Wim Wenders for The American Friend
Best Actor: John Gielgud in Providence
Best Actress: Dianne Keaton in Annie Hall and Looking For Mr. Goodbar
Best Supporting Actor: G. D. Spradlin in One On One
Best Supporting Actress: Vanessa Redgrave in Julia
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman for Annie Hall
Best Cinematography: Robby Müller for The American Friend

1978 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Days Of Heaven
Best Director: Terence Malick for Days Of Heaven
Best Actor: Jon Voight in Coming Home
Best Actress: Jane Fonda in Coming Home
Best Supporting Actor: Dom DeLuise in The End
Best Supporting Actress: Stephane Audran in Violette
Best Screenplay: Eric Rohmer for Perceval
Best Cinematography: Nestor Almendros for Days Of Heaven

1979 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Fedora
Best Director: Blake Edwards for 10
Best Actor: Clint Eastwood in Escape From Alcatraz
Best Actress: Hanna Schygulla in The Marriage Of Maria Braun
Best Supporting Actor: Denholm Elliott in Cuba and Saint Jack
Best Supporting Actress: Frances Sternhagen in Fedora and Starting Over
Best Screenplay: Billy Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond for Fedora
Best Cinematography: Tak Fujimoto for Last Embrace and Remember My Name
Best Music: Miklos Rozsa for Fedora and Last Embrace
Best Production Design: Dean Edward Mitzner for 1941

1980 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: The Big Red One
Best Director: Sam Fuller for The Big Red One
Best Actor: Lee Marvin for The Big Red One
Best Actress: Jodie Foster for Carny and Foxes
Best Supporting Actor: (tie) Joe Pesci in Raging Bull and Harry Dean Stanton in The Black Marble, The Long Riders, Private Benjamin and Wise Blood
Best Supporting Actress: Pamela Reed in The Long Riders and Melvin And Howard
Best Screenplay: Sam Fuller for The Big Red One
Best Cinematography: Jordan Cronenweth for Altered States
Best Music: Dana Kaproff for The Big Red One
Best Production Design: Tambi Larsen for Heaven’s Gate

1981 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Cutter’s Way
Best Director: Ivan Passer for Cutter’s Way
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges in Cutter’s Way
Best Actress: Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest
Best Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson in Reds
Best Supporting Actress: Mona Washbouurne in Stevie
Best Screenplay: John Guare for Atlantic City
Best Cinematography: Jordan Cronenweth for Cutter’s Way
Best Music: Georges DeLerue for The Last Metro, Rich and Famous, True Confessions and The Woman Next Door
Best Production Design: Ken Adam for Pennies From Heaven
Best Costume Design: Shirley Russell for Reds

1982 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Victor/Victoria
Best Director: Blake Edwards for Victor/Victoria
Best Actor: Jack Lemmon in Missing
Best Actress: (tie) Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria and Jessica Lange in Frances
Best Supporting Actor: Robert Preston in Victor/Victoria
Best Supporting Actress: Lesley Ann Warren in Victor/Victoria
Best Screenplay: Blake Edwards for Victor/Victoria
Best Cinematography: Xaver Schwartzenberger for Lola and Veronika Voss
Best Music: Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse for Victor/Victoria
Best Production Design: Rodger Maus for Victor/Victoria
Best Costume Design: Patricia Norris for Victor/Victoria

1983 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Berlin Alexanderplatz
Best Director: Andrzej Wajda for Danton
Best Actor: Eric Roberts for Star ’80
Best Actress: Shirley MacLaine for Terms Of Endearment
Best Supporting Actor: Jerry Lewis for The King Of Comedy
Best Supporting Actress: Jamie Lee Curtis for Trading Places
Best Screenplay: Bill Forsyth for Local Hero
Best Cinematography: Sven Nykvist for Star ’80
Best Music: Peer Raben for Berlin Alexanderplatz
Best Production Design: Fernando Scarfiotti for Scarface
Best Costume Design: Yvonne Sassinot DeNestle for Danton
Sominex Award: The Dresser
Dramamine Award: The Big Chill
Mechanical Actor: Matt Dillon for The Outsiders and Rumble Fish 
Mechanical Actress: Nastassja Kinski for The Moon In The Gutter and Exposed

1984 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: (tie) L’Argent and Once Upon A Time In America
Best Director: Sergio Leone for Once Upon A Time In America
Best Actor: Clint Eastwood in Tightrope
Best Actress: Helen Mirren in Cal
Best Supporting Actor: Jean-Luc Godard in First Name: Carmen
Best Supporting Actress: Christine Lahti in Swing Shift
Best Screenplay: Franco Arcalli, Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Franco Ferrini, Sergio Leone, Enrico Medioli for Once Upon A Time In America
Best Cinematography: Robby Müller for Paris Texas and Repo Man
Best Music: Ennio Morricone for Once Upon A Time In America
Best Production Design: James Singelis for Once Upon A Time In America
Best Costume Design: Mic Cheminal for Entre Nous
Sominex Award: 
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1985 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Prizzi’s Honor
Best Director: Martin Scorsese for After Hours
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson in Prizzi’s Honor
Best Actress: Mia Farrow in The Purple Rose Of Cairo
Best Supporting Actor: William Hickey in Prizzi’s Honor
Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston in Prizzi’s Honor
Best Screenplay: Joseph Minion for After Hours
Best Cinematography: Andrzej Bartkowiak for Prizzi’s Honor
Best Music: Brian Gascoigne and Junior Hamrich for The Emerald Forest
Best Production Design: Jeffrey Townsend for After Hours
Best Costume Design: Ann Roth for The Jagged Edge and Sweet Dreams
Sominex Award: 
Dramamine Award: 
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1986 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Eyes On The Prize
Best Director: David Lynch for Blue Velvet
Best Actor: (tie) Daniel Day-Lewis in My Beautiful Laundrette and Jeff Goldblum in The Fly
Best Actress: Laura Dern in Smooth Talk
Best Supporting Actor: Steve Buscemi in Parting Glances
Best Supporting Actress: Mary Stuart Masterson in At Close Range
Best Screenplay: Hanif Kureishi for My Beautiful Laundrette
Best Cinematography: Frederick Elmes for Blue Velvet
Best Music: (tie) George Delerue for Platoon and Herbie Hancock for Round Midnight
Best Production Design: Patricia Norris for Blue Velvet
Best Costume Design: Jenny Beaven and John Bright for A Room With A View
Sominex Award: Brighton Beach Memoirs
Dramamine Award: Crocodile Dundee
Mechanical Actor: Jon Cryer for Pretty In Pink 
Mechanical Actress: Meryl Streep for Heartburn

1987 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Housekeeping
Best Director: Bill Forsyth for Housekeeping
Best Actor: Gary Oldman in Prick Up Your Ears
Best Actress: Christine Lahti in Housekeeping
Best Supporting Actor: John Mahoney in Moonstruck and Tin Men
Best Supporting Actress: Vanessa Redgrave in Prick Up Your Ears
Best Screenplay: Bill Forsyth for Housekeeping
Best Cinematography: Phillippe Rousselot for Hope And Glory
Best Music: David Byrne, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su for The Last Emperor
Best Production Design: Santo Loquasto for Radio Days
Best Costume Design: Mary-Jane Reyner for Housekeeping
Sominex Award: Dark Eyes
Dramamine Award: Fatal Attraction
Mechanical Actor: Eddie Murphy for Beverly Hills Cop II 
Mechanical Actress: Sean Young for No Way Out and Wall Street

1988 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Dead Ringers
Best Director: David Cronenberg for Dead Ringers
Best Actor: Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers
Best Actress: Jodie Foster in The Accused
Best Supporting Actor: Divine in Hairspray
Best Supporting Actress: Claudia Karvan in High Tide
Best Screenplay: Christopher Hampton for Dangerous Liaisons
Best Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro for Tucker: The Man And His Dream
Best Music: George Fenton for Dangerous Liaisons
Best Production Design: Dean Tavoularis for Tucker: The Man And His Dream
Best Costume Design: Van Smith for Hairspray
Sominex Award: Wings Of Desire
Dramamine Award: Mississippi Burning (by acclamation!)
Mechanical Actor: William Hurt for Broadcast News 
Mechanical Actress: Maria Conchita Alonso for Extreme Prejudice and The Running Man

1989 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Story Of Women
Best Director: Claude Chabrol for Story
Of Women

Best Actor: John Hurt in Scandal
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert in Story Of Women
Best Supporting Actor: Ethan Hawke in Dad and Dead Poets Society
Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston in Enemies: A Love Story
Best Screenplay: Blake Edwards for Skin Deep
Best Cinematography: Jeff Preiss for Let’s Get Lost
Best Music: Michael Kamen for The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen
Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti for The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen
Best Costume Design: Jane Robinson for Scandal
Sominex Award: Batman
Dramamine Award: Steel Magnolias
Mechanical Actor: Spike Lee for Do The Right Thing 
Mechanical Actress: Roseanne Barr for She-Devil

1990 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: GoodFellas
Best Director: Martin Scorsese for GoodFellas
Best Actor: Michel Blanc in Monsieur Hire
Best Actress: Anjelica Huston in The Grifters
Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci in GoodFellas
Best Supporting Actress: Lorraine Bracco in GoodFellas
Best Screenplay: Craig Lucas for Longtime Companion
Best Cinematography: Oliver Stapleton for The Grifters
Best Music: Elmer Bernstein for The Grifters
Best Production Design: Dennis Gassner for The Grifters
Best Costume Design: Richard Bruno for The Grifters
Sominex Award: 
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1991 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: The Man In The Moon
Best Director: Robert Mulligan for The Man In The Moon
Best Actor: River Phoenix in Dogfight and My Own Private Idaho
Best Actress: Judy Davis in Barton Fink, Impromptu, and Naked Lunch
Best Supporting Actor: Harvey Keitel in Bugsy, Mortal Thoughts, and Thelma (ampersand) Louise
Best Supporting Actress: Juliette Lewis in Cape Fear
Best Screenplay: Michael Tolkin for The Rapture
Best Cinematography: Freddie Francis for Cape Fear and The Man In The Moon
Best Music: Ennio Morricone for Bugsy
Best Production Design: Dennis Gassner for Barton Fink and Bugsy
Best Costume Design: Albert Wolsky for Bugsy
Sominex Award: 
Dramamine Award: 
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1992 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Raise The Red Lantern
Best Director: Robert Altman for The Player
Best Actor: Tim Robbins in Bob Roberts and The Player
Best Actress: Emma Thompson in Howards End
Best Supporting Actor: Jaye Davidson in The Crying Game
Best Supporting Actress: Judy Davis in Husbands And Wives
Best Screenplay: Michael Tolkin for The Player
Best Cinematography: Zhao Fei and Lun Yang for Raise The Red Lantern
Best Music: Lenny Niehaus for Unforgiven
Best Production Design: Marc Caro for Delicatessen
Best Costume Design: Alexander Julien for The Player
Sominex Award: A Few Good Men
Dramamine Award: Basic Instinct
Mechanical Actor: Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct
Mechanical Actress: ****

1993 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Six Degrees Of Separation
Best Director: Nancy Savoca for Household Saints
Best Actor: Dennis Quaid in Flesh And Bone
Best Actress: Stockard Channing in Six Degrees Of Separation
Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio in A Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Best Supporting Actress: Regina Tourney in Like Water For Chocolate
Best Screenplay: Mike Leigh for Naked
Best Cinematography: Michael Balhaus for The Age Of Innocence
Best Music: Elmer Bernstein for The Age Of Innocence and The Cemetery Club
Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti for The Age Of Innocence
Best Costume Design: Gabriella Pescucci for The Age Of Innocence
Sominex Award: Heaven And Earth
Dramamine Award: Falling Down
Mechanical Actor: Richard Gere in Sommersby
Mechanical Actress: Madonna in Body Of Evidence

1994 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Red
Best Director: Krzyzstof Kieslowski for Red and White
Best Actor: Terence Stamp in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Best Actress: Linda Fiorentino in The Last Seduction
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale in Little Women
Best Supporting Actress: Kristin Scott Thomas in Four Weddings and a Funeral
Best Screenplay: Steve Baranczek for The Last Seduction
Best Cinematography: Stephen Czapsky for Ed Wood
Best Music: Zbigniew Preissner for Red and White
Best Production Design: Dennis Gastner for The Hudsucker Proxy
Best Costume Design: Lizzie Gardiner and Tim Chappel for Priscilla, Queen of The Desert
Sominex Award: Wyatt Earp

1995 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Exotica
Best Director: Terry Zwigoff for Crumb
Best Actor: John Travolta in Get Shorty
Best Actress: (A three-way tie) Mia Kershner in Exotica; Alicia Silverstone in Clueless; Nicole Kidman in To Die For
Best Supporting Actor: Tim Roth in Rob Roy
Best Supporting Actress: Mare Winningham in Georgia
Best Screenplay: (tie) Atom Egoyan for Exotica and Buck Henry for To Die For
Best Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel for The Usual Suspects
Best Music: John Ottman for The Usual Suspects
Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti for Casino
Best Costumes: Mona May for Clueless
Sominex Award: The Brothers McMullen
Dramamine Award: Braveheart
Mechanical Actor: Dennis Miller in The Net and the cast of The Brothers McMullen
Mechanical Actress: Annette Bening in The American President

1996 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: La Ceremonie
Best Director: Claude Chabrol for La Ceremonie
Best Actor: Ewen McGregor in Trainspotting
Best Actress: (tie) Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient and Emily Watson in Breaking The Waves
Best Supporting Actor: Ian Holm in Big Night
Best Supporting Actress: Mary Kay Place in Citizen Ruth and Manny and Lo
Best Screenplay: John Sayles for Lone Star
Best Cinematography: (tie) Darius Khondji for Stealing Beauty and Oliver Stapleton for Kansas City
Best Music: Tiffany Anders, Burt Bacharach, David Baerwald, Carole Bayer Sager, Ed Berghoff, Elvis Costello, Gerry Goffin, Louise Goffin, Tonio K, Larry Klein, J. Mascis, Joni Mitchell, Boyd Rice, David A. Stewart, and J. Mayo Williams for Grace Of My Heart
Best Production Design: Harley Jessup for James And The Giant Peach
Best Costume Design: Dona Granata for Kansas City
Sominex Award: The English Patient
Dramamine Award: A Time To Kill
Mechanical Actor: All the men in She’s The One
Mechanical Actress: Maxine Bahns in She’s The One

1997 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: (tie) Crash and Grosse Pointe Blank
Best Director: David Cronenberg for Crash
Best Actor: John Cusack for Grosse Pointe Blank
Best Actress: Julie Christie in Afterglow
Best Supporting Actor: Kevin Spacey in L. A. Confidential
Best Supporting Actress: Christina Ricci in The Ice Storm
Best Screenplay: Neil LaBute for In The Company Of Men
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins for Kundun
Best Music: (tie) Eleni Karaindrou for Ulysses’ Gaze and Michael Nyman for Gattaca
Best Production Design: (tie) Dan Weil for The Fifth Element and Jan Roelfs for Gattaca
Best Costume Design: Denise Cronenberg for Crash
Sominex Award: The Pillow Book
Dramamine Award: Con Air
Mechanical Actor: Billy Zane in Titanic
Mechanical Actress: Elisabeth Shue in Deconstructing Harry and The Saint

1998 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Gods And Monsters
Best Director: (tie) Bill Condon for Gods And Monsters and Todd Solondz for Happiness
Best Actor: Ian McKellen in Gods And Monsters
Best Actress: Christina Ricci in The Opposite Of Sex
Best Supporting Actor: Dylan Baker in Happiness
Best Supporting Actress: Lisa Kudrow in The Opposite Of Sex
Best Screenplay: Bill Condon for Gods And Monsters
Best Cinematography: Maryse Alberti for Happiness and Velvet Goldmine
Best Music: Carter Burwell for Gods And Monsters
Best Production Design: Thérèse DePrez for Happiness
Best Costume Design: Bruce Finlayson for Gods And Monsters
Sominex Award: Dangerous Beauty
Dramamine Award: Stepmom
Mechanical Actor: Bruce Willis in Armageddon, The Siege and Mercury Rising
Mechanical Actress: Jena Malone in Stepmom

1999 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Fight Club
Best Director: (tie) David Fincher for Fight Club and Spike Jonze for Being John Malkovich
Best Actor: Terence Stamp in The Limey
Best Actress: (tie) Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut and Hillary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman in Magnolia and The Talented Mr. Ripley
Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener in Being John Malkovich
Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for Election
Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson for Bringing Out The Dead and Snow Falling On Cedars
Best Music: Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman for South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
Best Production Design: Owen Paterson for The Matrix
Best Costume Design: Michael Kaplan for Fight Club
Sominex Award: The World Is Not Enough
Dramamine Award: The Green Mile
Mechanical Actor: Kevin Spacey in American Beauty
Mechanical Actress: Annette Bening in American Beauty

2000 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: L’ Humanite
Best Director: (tie) Terence Davies for The House Of Mirth and Jim Jarmusch for Ghost Dog: Way Of The Samurai
Best Actor: Forrest Whitaker in Ghost Dog: Way Of The Samurai
Best Actress: (tie) Severine Caneele in L’ Humanite and Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Best Supporting Actor: Jack Black in High Fidelity and Jesus’s Son
Best Supporting Actress: Lupe Ontiveros in Chuck And Buck
Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonnergan for You Can Count On Me
Best Cinematography: Remi Adefarasin for The House Of Mirth
Best Music: RZA for Ghost Dog: Way Of The Samurai
Best Production Design: Gideon Ponte for American Psycho and Hamlet
Best Costume Design: Monica Howe for The House Of Mirth
Sominex Award: Mission Impossible 2
Dramamine Award: The Replacements (aka The Scabs)
Mechanical Actor: Ian Holm in Joe Gould’s Secret
Mechanical Actress: Charlize Theron in Reindeer Games

2001 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: The Werckmeister Harmonies
Best Director: Bela Tarr for The Werckmeister Harmonies
Best Actor: John Cameron Mitchell for Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Best Actress: Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive
Best Supporting Actor: Steve Buscemi in Ghost World
Best Supporting Actress: Scarlett Johansson in Ghost World and The Man Who Wasn’t There
Best Screenplay: Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff for Ghost World
Best Cinematography: (tie) Peter Deming for From Hell and Mulholland Drive and Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin for In The Mood For Love
Best Music: Mihály Vig for The Werckmeister Harmonies
Best Production Design: Edward T. McAvoy for Ghost World
Best Costume Design: Mary Zophres for Ghost World
Sominex Award:
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2002 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: (tie) Far From Heaven and The Son’s Room
Best Director: (tie) Todd Haynes for Far From Heaven and Aleksandr Sokurov for Russian Ark
Best Actor: Greg Kinnear in Auto Focus
Best Actress: (tie) Emmanuelle Devos in Read My Lips and Julianne Moore in Far From Heaven and Samantha Morton in Minority Report and Morvern Callar
Best Supporting Actor: Eddie Izzard in The Cat’s Meow
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Clarkson in Far From Heaven
Best Screenplay: Bill Condon for Chicago
Best Cinematography: Tilman Büttner for Russian Ark
Best Music: Elmer Bernstein for Far From Heaven
Best Production Design: Mark Friedberg for Far From Heaven
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell for Far From Heaven and Gangs Of New York
Sominex Award: Naqoyqatsi
Dramamine Award: Bowling For Dollars
Mechanical Actor: Anthony Hopkins in Red Dragon
Mechanical Actress: Catherine Keener in Lovely And Amazing

2003 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Decasia
Best Director: Bill Morrison for Decasia
Best Actor: Johnny Depp in Pirates Of The Caribbean
Best Actress: Hope Davis in American Splendor and The Secret Lives Of Dentists
Best Supporting Actor: Max Pirkis in Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World
Best Supporting Actress: Ludivine Sagnier in Swimming Pool
Best Screenplay: Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini for American Splendor
Best Cinematography: Peter Suschitzky for Spider
Best Music: Michael Gordon for Decasia
Best Production Design: Andrew Laws for Down With Love
Best Costume Design: Daniel Orlandi for Down With Love
Sominex Award:
Dramamine Award: In My Skin
Mechanical Actor: Anthony Hopkins in The Human Stain
Mechanical Actress: Nicole Kidman in The Human Stain

2004 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Kinsey
Best Director: Bill Condon for Kinsey
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke in Before Sunset
Best Actress: Laura Linney in Kinsey and P.S.
Best Supporting Actor: Peter Sarsgaard in Kinsey
Best Supporting Actress: Kirsten Dunst in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Best Screenplay: Bill Condon for Kinsey
Best Cinematography: Christopher Doyle for Hero, Last Life In The Universe and Days Of Being Wild
Best Music: Alberto Iglesias for Bad Education
Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti for The Aviator
Best Costume Design: Emi Wada for Hero and House Of The Flying Daggers
Sominex Award: The Village
Dramamine Award: The Passion Of The Christ
Mechanical Actor: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator
Mechanical Actress: Anthony Hopkins in Alexander

2005 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Mysterious Skin
Best Director: Gregg Araki for Mysterious Skin
Best Actor: Joseph Gordon-Leavitt in Mysterious Skin
Best Actress: Maria Bello in A History Of Violence
Best Supporting Actor: Paddy Constantine in My Summer Of Love
Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener in Capote
Best Screenplay: Gregg Araki for Mysterious Skin
Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit for Good Night And Good Luck and Syriana
Best Music: Howard Shore for A History Of Violence
Best Production Design: William Chang Suk Ping for 2046
Best Costume Design: William Chang Suk Ping for 2046
Sominex Award: Saraband
Dramamine Award: Crash
Mechanical Actor: Tom Cruise for War Of The Worlds
Mechanical Actress: Dakota Fanning for War Of The Worlds 
Complete coverage of the 2005 IRAs here.

2006 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: L’Enfant
Best Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne for L’Enfant
Best Actor: Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson
Best Actress: Maggie Cheung in Clean
Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Mackie in Half Nelson
Best Supporting Actress: Carmen Maura in Volver
Best Screenplay: (tie) Guillermo Del Toro for Pan’s Labyrinth and Jean- Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne for L’Enfant
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for Children Of Men
Best Production Design: Eugenio Caballero for Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Music: Philip Glass for Notes On A Scandal and The Illusionist
Best Costume Design: Sharon Davis for Dreamgirls
Sominex Award: The Da Vinci Code
Dramamine Award: Babel
Mechanical Actor: Robert Downey, Jr. in Fur and A Scanner Darkly
Mechanical Actress: Julianne Moore in Children Of Men 
Complete coverage of the 2006 IRAs here.

2007 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Best Director: Andrew Dominik for The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Best Actor: Casey Affleck in The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and Gone Baby Gone
Best Actress: Marina Hands in Lady Chatterley
Best Supporting Actor: Paul Schneider in The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and Lars And The Real Girl
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone
Best Screenplay: Corneliu Porumboiu for 12:08 East Of Bucharest
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins for The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, In The Valley Of Elah and No Country For Old Men
Best Production Design: Patricia Norris for The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Best Music: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis for The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Best Costume Design: Patricia Norris for The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Sominex Award: Youth Without Youth
Dramamine Award: Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Mechanical Actor: John Travolta in Hairspray
Mechanical Actress: Meryl Streep in Lions For Lambs and Rendition 
Complete coverage of the 2007 IRAs here.

2008 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: The Edge Of Heaven
Best Director: Fatih Akin - The Edge Of Heaven
Best Actor: Michael Shannon - Shotgun Stories
Best Actress: Anamaria Marinca - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Best Supporting Actor: Emile Hirsch - Milk
Best Supporting Actress: Hanna Schygulla - The Edge Of Heaven
Best Screenplay: Fatih Akin - The Edge Of Heaven
Best Cinematography: Jody Shapiro - My Winnipeg
Best Production Design: Rejean Labrie - My Winnipeg
Best Music: Carter Burwell for In Bruges and Burn After Reading
Best Costumes: Danny Glicker - Milk
Sominex: The Happening
Dramamine: The Reader
Mechanical Actor: Mark Wahlberg for The Happening
Mechanical Actress: Meryl Streep for Doubt 
Complete coverage of the 2008 IRAs here.

2009 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: Hunger
Best Director: Olivier Assayas - Summer Hours
Best Actor: Sharlto Copley - District 9
Best Actress: Catalina Saavedra - The Maid
Best Supporting Actor: Liam Cunningham - Hunger
Best Supporting Actress: Anna Faris - Observe And Report
Best Screenplay: Olivier Assayas - Summer Hours
Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt - Hunger
Best Production Design: Philip Ivey - District 9
Best Music: Marvin Hamlisch - The Informant!
Best Costumes: Janet Patterson - Bright Star
Sominex: Public Enemies
Dramamine: Anti-Christ
Mechanical Actor: Peter Sarsgaard for An Education
Mechanical Actress: Hilary Swank for Amelia

2010 IRA Film Award Winners
Best Picture: A Prophet/Un Prophete
Best Director: Jacques Audiard - A Prophet/Un Prophete
Best Actor: Edgar Ramirez - Carlos
Best Actress: Tilda Swinton - I Am Love
Best Supporting Actor: Niels Arestrup - A Prophet/Un Prophete
Best Supporting Actress: Dale Dickey - Winter's Bone
Best Screenplay: Thomas Bidegain and Jacques Audiard - A Prophet/Un Prophete
Best Cinematography: Yorick Le Saux - I Am Love
Best Production Design: Francesca Balestra Di Mottola - I Am Love
Best Music: John Adams - I Am Love
Best Costumes: Antonella Cannarozzi - I Am Love
Sominex: Cairo Time
Dramamine: Black Swan
Mechanical Actor: Vincent Cassel for Black Swan
Mechanical Actress: Natalie Portman for Black Swan
The Governor Scott Walker Award For Achievement In Political Thuggery: Waiting For "Superman" 
Complete coverage of the 2010 IRAs here.

Best Picture: The Tree Of Life
Best Director: Terrence Malick - The Tree Of Life
Best Actor: Peyman Moadi - A Separation
Best Actress: Leila Hatami - A Separation
Best Supporting Actor: Hunter McCracken - The Tree Of Life
Best Supporting Actress: Sareh Bayet - A Separation
Best Screenplay: Ashgar Farhadi - A Separation
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki - The Tree Of Life
Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti - Hugo
Best Score: Alberto Iglesias - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Skin I Live In
Best Editing: Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa - The Tree Of Life
Best Costumes: Jacqueline Durran - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): Midnight In Paris
Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): The Help
Mechanical Actress: Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Mechanical Actor: Owen Wilson - Midnight In Paris 
Complete coverage of the 2011 IRAs here.

Best Picture: Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
Best Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan - Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
Best Actor: Jean-Louis Trintignant - Amour
Best Actress: Rachel Weisz - The Deep Blue Sea
Best Supporting Actor: Taner Birsel - Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
Best Supporting Actress: Cecile De France - The Kid With A Bike
Best Screenplay: Ebru Ceylan and Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Ercan Kesal - Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
Best Cinematography: Gokhan Tiryaki - Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
Best Production Design: Arvinder Grewal - Cosmopolis
Best Score: Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Best Editing: Todd Woody Richman and Tyler H. Walk - How To Survive A Plague
Best Costumes: Kari Perkins - Bernie
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): (tie) Les Miserables and Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): The Intouchables
Mechanical Actress: Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Mechanical Actor: Russell Crowe - Les Miserables 
Complete coverage of the 2012 IRAs here.

Best Picture: Laurence Anyways
Best Director: Xavier Dolan for Laurence Anyways and I Killed My Mother
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix for Her
Best Actress: Hadas Yaron for Fill The Void
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Bruhl for The Fifth Estate and Rush
Best Supporting Actress: Nathalie Baye for Laurence Anyways
Best Screenplay: Sarah Polley for Stories We Tell
Best Cinematography: Asaf Sudri for Fill The Void
Best Production Design: K.K. Barrett for Her
Best Score: (tie) Alex Ebert for All Is Lost and Arcade Fire for Her
Best Editing: Mike Munn for Stories We Tell
Best Costumes: Francois Barbeau, Xavier Dolan for Laurence Anyways
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): Faust
Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): The Great Gatsby
Mechanical Actress: Meryl Streep for August: Osage County
Mechanical Actor: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club  
Complete coverage of the 2013 IRAs here. 

Best Picture: Nightcrawler
Best Director: Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler
Best Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler
Best Actress: Essie Davis for The Babadook
Best Supporting Actor: Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
Best Supporting Actress: Agata Kulesza for Ida
Best Screenplay:  Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler
Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit for Nightcrawler and Inherent Vice
Best Production Design: Suzie Davies for Mr. Turner
Best Score: Mica Levi for Under The Skin
Best Editing: (tie) Simon Njoo for The Babadook; Jay Cassidy, Stuart Levy and Conor O'Neill for Foxcatcher
Best Costumes: (tie) Kasia Walicka-Maimone for Foxcatcher and A Most Violent Year (but not St. Vincent);       Jacqueline Durran for Mr. Turner
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): The Monuments Men
Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): The Imitation Game
Mechanical Actress: Lilla Crawford for Into The Woods
Mechanical Actor: The Entire Cast of The Monuments Men  
Complete coverage of the 2014 IRAs here. 

Best Picture: Tangerine
Best Director: Miroslav Slaboshpytski for The Tribe
Best Actor: Jason Segel for The End Of The Tour 
Best Actress: (tie) Anne Dorval for Mommy
                   (tie) Kitana Kiki Rodriguez for Tangerine
Best Supporting Actor: Alexander Skarsgård for The Diary Of A Teenage Girl
Best Supporting Actress: Mya Taylor for Tangerine by acclamation
Best Nonfiction Film: In Jackson Heights 
Best Screenplay:  Donald Margulies for The End Of The Tour
Best Cinematography: Sean Baker and Radium Cheung for Tangerine
Best Production Design: (tie) Judy Becker for Carol
                                    (tie) Colin Gibson for Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Score: (tie) Junkie XL for Mad Max: Fury Road
                 (tie) Atticus Ross and Brian Wilson for Love And Mercy 
Best Editing: Sean Baker for Tangerine
Best Costumes: Shih-Ching Tsou for Tangerine
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): The Assassin
       Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): Chi-Raq
Mechanical Actress: Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl
Mechanical Actor: John Cusack for Chi-Raq and Love And Mercy 
Complete coverage of the 2015 IRAs here.


Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Director: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Best Actor: Antonythasan Jesuthasan for Dheepan
Best Actress: Annette Bening for 20th Century Women
Best Supporting Actor: Ralph Fiennes for A Bigger Splash and Hail, Caesar!
Best Supporting Actress: Linda Emond for Indignation
Best Nonfiction Film: O.J.: Made In America
Best Screenplay: Taylor Sheridan for Hell Or High Water
Best Cinematography: James Laxton for Moonlight
Best Production Design: (tie) Craig Lathrop for The Witch
                                            (tie) Ryan Warren Smith for Green Room
Best Score: Nicholas Britell for Moonlight
Best Editing: Andrey Paperniy for Under The Sun
Best Costumes: Madeline Fontaine for Jackie
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): Girl On A Train
       Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): Nocturnal Animals
Mechanical Actress: Nicole Kidman for Lion
Mechanical Actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Animals 
Complete coverage of the 2016 IRAs here.


Best Picture: BPM
Best Director: Robin Campillo for BPM
Best Actor: Michael Keaton for The Founder
Best Actress: Daniela Vega for A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Lesley Manville for Phantom Thread
Best Nonfiction Film: Dawson City: Frozen Time
Best Screenplay:  Robert Siegel for The Founder
Best Cinematography: Alexis Zabe for The Florida Project
Best Production Design: Stephonik Youth for The Florida Project
Best Score: Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never for Good Time
Best Editing: Robin Campillo, Stéphanie Léger and Anita Roth for BPM
Best Costumes: Pascaline Chavanne for Frantz
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): The Post
Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): mother!
Mechanical Actress: Emma Watson for Beauty and the Beast and The Circle
Mechanical Actor: James Franco for The Disaster Artist, et. al 
Complete coverage of the 2017 IRAs here.


Best Picture: Capernaum
Best Director: Nadine Labaki for Capernaum
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix for Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot; Mary Magdalene; The Sisters Brothers; You Were Never Really Here
Best Actress: Sakura Andô for Shoplifters
Best Supporting Actor: Brian Tyree Henry for Hotel ArtemisIf Beale Street Could Talk, Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse, White Boy Rick, Widows 
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Nonfiction Film: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Best Screenplay:  Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuaron for Roma
Best Production Design: Eugenio Caballero for Roma
Best Score/Use Of Music: Nicholas Britell for If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Editing: Nick Fenton, Chris Gill and Julian Hart for American Animals
Best Costumes: Caroline Eselin for If Beale Street Could Talk
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): On The Basis Of Sex
Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): The Favourite
Mechanical Actress: Tilda Swinton for Suspiria 
Mechanical Actor: Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody 
Complete coverage of the 2018 IRAs here. 


Best Picture: End Of The Century
Best Director: Lucio Castro for End Of The Century
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas for Pain And Glory
Best Actress: Lupita Nyong'o for Us
Best Supporting Actor: Asier Etxeandia for Pain And Glory 
Best Supporting Actress: Shuzhen Zhao for The Farewell 
Best Nonfiction Film: American Factory 
Best Screenplay:  Pedro Almodóvar for Pain And Glory
Best Cinematography: David Gallego for Birds Of Passage
Best Production Design: Barbara Ling for Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood 
Best Score/Use Of Music: Mary Ramos for Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
Best Editing: Kim Horton for 63 Up 
Best Costumes: Arianne Phillips for Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): The Lighthouse 
Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): Joker
Mechanical Actress: Renee Zellwegger for Judy  
Mechanical Actor: Joaquin Phoenix for Joker 


Best Picture: Kajillionaire
Best Director: Miranda July for Kajillionaire
Best Actor: Bartosz Bielenia for Corpus Christi 
Best Actress: Kate Winslet for Ammonite
Best Supporting Actor: Glynn Turman for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom  
Best Supporting Actress: Robyn Nevin for Relic 
Best Nonfiction Film: Dick Johnson Is Dead and My Octopus Teacher (tie) 
Best Screenplay:  Miranda July for Kajillionaire 
Best Cinematography: Benjamin Kracun for Beats and Monsoon and Promising Young Woman 
Best Production Design: Mayne Berke for Sylvie's Love and Sergey Ovanov for Beanpole (tie)  
Best Score/Use Of Music: Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O'Halloran for Ammonite 
Best Editing: Andrew Patterson for The Vast Of Night 
Best Costumes: Michael O'Connor for Ammonite 
Sominex Award (The Movie That Put Us To Sleep): Tenet 
Dramamine Award (The Movie That Made Us Sick): Mank
Mechanical Actress: Elizabeth Moss for The Invisible Man and Shirley  
Mechanical Actor: James Corden for The Prom


Barry Lyndon (1975)
Lipstick and The Marquise Of O (tie) (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)
Days Of Heaven (1978)
Fedora (1979)

The Big Red One (1980)
Cutter’s Way (1981)
Victor/Victoria (1982)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1983)
L’Argent and Once Upon A Time In America (tie) (1984)
Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
Eyes On The Prize (1986)
Housekeeping (1987)
Dead Ringers (1988)
Story Of Women (1989)

GoodFellas (1990)
The Man In The Moon (1991)
Raise The Red Lantern (1992)
Six Degrees Of Separation (1993)
Red (1994)
Exotica (1995)
La Ceremonie (1996)
Crash (the David Cronenberg film) and Grosse Pointe Blank (tie) (1997)
Gods And Monsters (1998)
Fight Club (1999)

L’ Humanite (2000)
The Werckmeister Harmonies (2001)
Far From Heaven and The Son’s Room (tie) (2002)
Decasia (2003)
Kinsey (2004)
Mysterious Skin (2005)
L’Enfant (2006)
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
The Edge Of Heaven (2008)
Hunger (2009)

A Prophet/Un Prophete (2010) 
The Tree Of Life (2011)
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (2012)
Laurence Anyways (2013)
Nightcrawler (2014)
Tangerine (2015)
Moonlight (2016)
BPM (2017)
Capernaum (2018)
End Of The Century (2019)  

Kajillionaire (2020) 


1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
2. Letter From An Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)
3. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)
4. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
5. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
6. Shadow Of A Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)
7. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)
8. It's A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
9. To Have And Have Not (Howard Hawks, 1944)
10. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges, 1942)

See the complete list of the Top 100 Films Of The 1940s here.


1. The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophüls, 1953)
2. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
3. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
4. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) 
5. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956) 
6. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950) 
7. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959) 
8. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953) 
9. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959) 
10. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959) 

See the complete list of the Top 100 Films Of The 1950s here. 


1. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
2. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
5. Chimes At Midnight (Orson Welles, 1965)
6. Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone, 1968) 
7. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963) 
8. Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964) 
9. When A Woman Ascends The Stairs (Mikio Naruse, 1960)
10. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)....

See the complete list here.


1. Dekalog 
2. Shoah  
3. Housekeeping 
4. Berlin Alexanderplatz
5. Raging Bull
6. Fanny and Alexander
7. Once Upon A Time In America  
8. Eyes On The Prize
9. Danton
10. Crimes and Misdemeanors

THE IRA AWARDS: THE BEST FILMS OF THE 2000s (2000-2009) (voted in 2010)

1. The Son/Le Fils (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, 2002)
2. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
3. Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)
4. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
5. The Edge Of Heaven (Fatih Akin, 2007) (tie)
    In The Mood For Love 
(Kar Wai Wong, 2000) (tie)
7. The Heart Of The World 
(Guy Maddin, 2001)
8. Mysterious Skin 
(Gregg Araki, 2004) (tie)
    Bus 174 
(José Padilha and Felipe Lacerda, 2002) (tie)
10. The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005) (tie)
      Head-On (Fatih Akin, 2004) (tie)
      Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) (tie) 

THE IRA AWARDS: THE BEST FILMS OF THE 2010s (2010-2019) (voted in 2021)

1. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)  
2. Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy, 2014)  
3. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)  
4. (tie) Un Prophète (Jacques Audiard, 2009/2010)  
    (tie) Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015)  
6. Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino, 2019)  
7. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, 2012)  
8. In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman, 2015)  
9. The Tree Of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)  
10. The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi, 2014) 


1. The Rules Of The Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)
2. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)
3. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
4. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
5. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
6. Letter From An Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)
7. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
8. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
9. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
10. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)

See the complete list of the Top 100 Films Of All Time here.