(Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)Grab the popcorn and cozy into some stadium seating because the 2019-20 award season is now in full swing. And while some of the niche film critics awards dates are still TBD, we do know that it s time to set calendar reminders for the Golden Globes, Film Independent Spirit Awards, SAG Awards and, of course, the 2019 Academy Awards.You can keep track of these and others nomination announcements and awards ceremonies with the below schedule, which will be updated with more news and information as it happens. Good luck on your Oscar pool! (And your Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominations pool – if you re that hardcore.)September 2019Sunday, September 22 Emmy Awards (NBC, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)October 2019Monday, October 14 Critics Choice Documentary NominationsWednesday, October 23 International Documentary Association Awards NominationsThursday, October 24 Gotham Independent Film Awards NominationsWednesday, October 30 British Independent Film Awards NominationsNovember 2019November 3 Hollywood Film AwardsSunday, November 10 People s Choice AwardsSunday, November 10 Critics’ Choice Documentary AwardsMonday, November 11 Makeup and Hairstyling Guild NominationsTuesday, November 19 Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Wednesday, November 20 Grammy Awards NominationsThursday, November 21 Film Independent Spirit Awards NominationsThursday, November 28 – Satellite NominationsDecember 2019Sunday, December 1 British Independent Film AwardsMonday, December 2 Gotham Independent Film AwardsMonday, December 2 Annie Awards NominationsTuesday, December 3 National Board of Review Winners AnnouncedWednesday, December 4 New York Film Critics Circle AwardsWednesday, December 4 AACTA AwardsWednesday, December 4 AFI Awards Honorees AnnouncedThursday, December 5 Writers Guild of America TV NominationsSaturday, December 7 New York Film Critics Online AwardsSaturday, December 7 International Documentary Association AwardsSaturday, December 7 European Film AwardsSaturday, December 7 International Documentary Association AwardsSunday, December 8 Critics Choice Film + TV NominationsSunday, December 8 Los Angeles Film Critics Circle AwardsSunday, December 8 Black Film Critics Circle AwardsSunday, December 8 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards (8 p.m. ET)Monday, December 9 Golden Globe Nominations (5 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT)Monday, December 9 Art Directors Guild NominationsMonday, December 9 Philadelphia Film Critics Circle AwardsMonday, December 9 Seattle Film Critics NominationsTuesday, December 10 African-American Film Critics Association AwardsTuesday, December 10 Costume Designers Guild Awards NominationsTuesday, December 10 Cinema Audio Society NominationsWednesday, December 11 Screen Actors Guild NominationsWednesday, December 11- Black Reel Awards NominationsWednesday, December 11 Association of Cinema Editors Eddie NominationsFriday, December 13 Las Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsFriday, December 13 Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel NominationsSaturday, December 14 Chicago Critics AwardsSunday, December 15 Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsSunday, December 15 San Francisco Film Critics Circle AwardsMonday, December 16 Oscar Shortlists AnnouncedMonday, December 16 Seattle Film Critics AwardsMonday, December 16 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics AssociationTuesday, December 17 Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsWednesday, December 18 USC Scripter NominationsFriday, December 20 Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA Awards NominationsMonday, December 23 Online Film Critics Society NominationsFriday, December 27 North Carolina Film Critics Association NominationsJanuary 2020Thursday, January 2 American Society of Cinematographers NominationsThursday, January 2 Houston Film Critics AwardsFriday, January 3 AFI Awards 2019 LuncheonFriday, January 3 GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Dorian Awards NominationsFriday, January 3 North Carolina Film Critics Association Winners AnnouncedSaturday, January 4 National Society of Film Critics AwardsSunday, January 5 Golden Globe AwardsMonday, January 6 Writers Guild of America Film NominationsMonday, January 6 Online Film Critics Society Winners AnnouncedMonday, January 6 Directors Guild of America TV + Documentary NominationsMonday, January 6 Visual Effects Society NominationsTuesday, January 7 BAFTAs NominationsTuesday, January 7 Producers Guild of America Award NominationsTuesday, January 7 New York Film Critics Circle AwardsTuesday, January 7 Directors Guild of America Film NominationsWednesday, January 8 National Board of Review AwardsWednesday, January 8 GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Dorian AwardsWednesday, January 8 GLAAD Awards Nominations AnnouncedThursday, January 9 Los Angeles Online Film Critics SocietyFriday, January 10 Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA AwardsSaturday, January 11 AARP Movies For GrownupsSaturday, January 11 Makeup and Hairstyling Guild AwardsSaturday, January 11 Los Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsSunday, January 12 Critics Choice Film + TV AwardsMonday, January 13 Academy Awards NominationsFriday, January 17 Association of Cinema Editors Eddie AwardsSaturday, January 18 Producers Guild of America AwardsSunday, January 19 Screen Actors Guild AwardsSunday, January 19 Online Film Television Association Film NominationsSunday, January 19 Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel AwardsMonday, January 20 Latino Entertainment Journalists Association Winners AnnouncedSaturday, January 25 Directors Guild of America AwardsSaturday, January 25 Annie Awards NominationsSaturday, January 25 American Society of Cinematographers AwardsSaturday, January 25 Cinema Audio Society AwardsSaturday, January 25 USC Scripter AwardsSunday, January 26 Grammy AwardsTuesday, January 28 Costume Designers Guild AwardsWednesday, January 29 Visual Effects Society AwardsFebruary 2020Sunday, February 1 Writers Guild of America AwardsSaturday, February 1 Art Directors Guild AwardsSunday, February 2 BAFTAsSunday, February 2 Online Film Television Association Film Winners AnnouncedThursday, February 6 Black Reel AwardsFriday, February 7 – Satellite AwardsSaturday, February 8 Film Independent Spirit AwardsSaturday, February 8 Razzie Nominations AnnouncedSunday, February 9 92nd Academy AwardsTuesday, February 18 BRIT AwardsMarch 2020Saturday, March 28, 2020 NAACP Image Awards2020 TBDDATE TBD Ariel AwardsLike this? 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That s around the time Danny McBride came calling. This is actually weird: I lost that job and, like, the day after, I got the call for Gemstones, he explains. I said, Well, I m not doing anything! And so I took that, and then [The Conners] came back. A lot of weird things happened. It feels like Dan Conner and Eli Gemstone couldn t be more different, yet grief seems to be a commonality between both characters; Dan lost Roseanne to an opiate overdose, though the death of Eli s wife, Aimee-Leigh (Jennifer Nettles), has yet to be explained.Jumping from the working-class contractor that made Goodman a household name to the privileged wealthy leader of the Gemstone family s megachurch wasn t that much of a stretch for the actor. But for McBride, adding the beloved actor to the cast of his HBO series felt more like a pipe dream than an achievable reality.(Photo by Ryan Green/HBO) I just never imagined that he would be interested in something I would be doing, The Righteous Gemstones creator and star tells Rotten Tomatoes. And so when we sent him the script, and he called back, I think, the next day and said he was interested, we were just blown away. Was Goodman always on McBride s mind to play Eli? Well, no. According to the Gemstones creator, picturing actors in the different roles he creates is never a part of his storytelling process. That comes much later. When those conversations happened and Goodman was suggested by casting directors Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas, McBride was energized by the notion.And when Goodman said yes, the whole thing really came together. I couldn t imagine anyone better for this, McBride says. He s just an actor that I ve always admired. And he s my favorite kind of actor. He has the same ability as, you know, what I love about Walton Goggins, which is: I love it when someone can make me laugh, but I love it more when they can make me feel something and they can pull my heartstrings. (Photo by ABC/Robert Trachtenberg)Delivering the comedy and plucking the heartstrings is something Goodman does so well, in fact, that it feels a bit effortless when you watch the man work — whether it s on premium cable or in a primetime sitcom. For his work on The Conners, Goodman admits most of the acting work he s been doing recently is reacting. I think to my guy, it s just kind of one damn thing after another, you know? he says.After a thoughtful pause, he continues, I think the challenge for [Dan] is just keeping up with everything and trying to stay on top as best he can. Right now, it just feels like he s treading water. But that s the way he s felt his whole life. Things just happen. Things just happen, life just happens. It sounds simple enough, but Goodman is downplaying his talent here. As humble as the actor is, there s no denying his ability to take on the complexities of the human condition and do so with effortless flair. Mainly, I just study him, Sara Gilbert reveals. He’s like a humanizing machine. The words come out more real and different than you would ever expect. There is some part of me that believes Dan Conner is absolutely a real person. (Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless)Gilbert has played Darlene, the middle Conner child, for 12 years, collectively. First, during the show s original run, from 1988 to 1997. And then, like the rest of the core cast, she reprised her role for 2018 s Roseanne revival. Barr may be gone from the show, but the Conners family legacy lives on. It’s quite magical that after all these years, the relationship is the relationship, Gilbert says. If anything, maybe Darlene challenges her dad a bit more as an equal. Their ideas clash and we get to fight it out more than I remember doing as a child. In the upcoming season of the ABC sitcom, a new addition to the Conner family switches things up a bit. Will the loss of Roseanne still be in the tapestry of the show? From the sound of it, her absence will always be felt. But with pregnant Becky about to give Dan a new grandchild, the character can’t dwell on the past. There s not much time to reflect because of the changing relationships, Goodman says, and the changing family dynamics with the kids living at home, now. It s just one damn thing after another, so you have to keep up. And just keep earning a living. (Photo by ABC)With just a three-week gap between the wrapping of Gemstones season 1 and the start of production on The Conners, Goodman s schedule has become quite busy. Just last month, Disney+ announced a new animated sequel series to Monsters Inc., titled Monsters At Work, which will find Goodman reprising his role as beloved monster Sully. Oh, yeah! I forgot about that, he laughs. I don t know if I m done with it or not. I haven t heard from them lately. Friends, fans, colleagues, and industry observers have no problem remembering the Golden Globe– and Emmy–award winning actor s accomplishments, including his roles in blockbuster fare like the Monsters and Transformers franchises, Kong: Skull Island, 10 Cloverfield Lane; in Joel and Ethan Coen s Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, Inside Llewyn Davis, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?; on Roseanne, of course, but also in TV series The West Wing, Treme, and Damages; and, with 13 appearances, as the third-most frequent host of Saturday Night Live (behind Alec Baldwin at No. 1 and Steve Martin at No. 2).
Of all the directors on this list, the one that will likely benefit most from this strange season is Eliza Hittman. Her drama, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, a BBC production distributed by Focus Features shortly after the pandemic hit, is a quiet indie about two girls who travel from Pennsylvania to New York to seek an abortion. It cements Hittman as more than just an indie darling and pushes her forward as one of the best up-and-coming female directors in Hollywood. The film is a difficult watch, which also makes it difficult to promote with glitzy cocktail parties, given its serious subject matter not that anyone is throwing any glitzy cocktail parties anytime soon. But it’s undeniably moving, and it has serious social and political resonance – both of which rank high with Academy voters. Following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a renewed focus on the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, Never Rarely Sometimes Always can build a compelling narrative on why it is the movie of the moment and worthy of recognition.In a typical year, a low-budget indie with no stars that premiered in the first half of the year would have difficulty staying in the conversation. However, as voters will have time and opportunity to watch titles from the comfort of their homes, it’s reasonable to think they will be able to see smaller hidden gems like this.Chloé Zhao