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“THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS”
Mary Zophres, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, & The Coen Brothers


Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen
Producers: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, and David Yarnell
Writers: Joel and Ethan Coen
Based On: “All Gold Canyon” by Jack London and “The Girl Who Got Rattled” by Stewart Edward White
Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel
Editor: Roderick Jaynes
Composer: Carter Burwell
Studio: Annapurna Pictures
Distributor: Netflix
Release Date: November 9, 2018
Run-time: 133 minutes



MARY ZOPHRES


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The biggest hill Mary Zophres and “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” has to climb is that they’re facing two Best Picture nominees in “Black Panther” and “The Favourite,” both of which feel like the stronger choices with or without that extra Best Picture boost. Next to “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Mary Queen Of Scots,” it just comes down to whether the Academy is more into Westerns, Fantasy, or Period dramas. “The Favourite” seems like the odds-on choice while the love for “Black Panther” could easily spill into this category. But as for “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs,” its probably not likely.


PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS

MARY ZOPHRES
YEAR FILM AWARD CATEGORY
2010 (83rd) “True Grit” Nominated Best Costume Design
2016 (89th) “La La Land” Nominated Best Costume Design



“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings”

Music and Lyric by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings



Do not expect anything to take the gold away from Lady Gaga and her song “Shallow.” Of any category, this is one that I feel is mostly locked. Were anything to beat it, it would probably not be “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” but “Black Panther” and Kendrick Lamar.


PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS

GILLIAN WELCH
YEAR FILM AWARD CATEGORY

NONE


DAVID RAWLINGS
YEAR FILM AWARD CATEGORY

NONE




JOEL AND ETHAN COEN


FILM SYNOPSIS: In the Old West, murder and treachery abound as a dandified cowboy proves that looks can be deceiving, a bank robber finds himself in jeopardy, a traveling showman exhibits a singular attraction, a lonely prospector searches for gold, a bereft woman looks for love on the pioneer trail and a stagecoach filled with disparate passengers embarks on an eerie journey.


The Academy loves the Coen Brothers and have for over two decades, so them getting a nomination for a film that was mostly looked over for the year is telling as to how deep their love goes. The reason I like the nominations for “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” is because it’s a Netflix produced movie and it seems that the Academy has finally moved on from snubbing these films just because of their alternative release format. Does “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” have even the slightest chance of winning? No way. “BlacKkKlansman” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” are much higher on that list.


PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS

JOEL COEN
YEAR FILM AWARD CATEGORY
1996 (69th) “Fargo” Nominated Best Picture
Won Best Original Screenplay
Nominated Best Film Editing
2000 (73rd) “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay
2007 (80th) “No Country for Old Men” Won Best Picture
Won Best Directing
Won Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated Best Film Editing
2009 (82nd) “A Serious Man” Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Original Screenplay
2010 (83rd) “True Grit” Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Directing
Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay
2015 (88th) “Bridge Of Spies” Nominated Best Original Screenplay

ETHAN COEN
YEAR FILM AWARD CATEGORY
1996 (69th) “Fargo” Nominated Best Picture
Won Best Original Screenplay
Nominated Best Film Editing
2000 (73rd) “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay
2007 (80th) “No Country for Old Men” Won Best Picture
Won Best Directing
Won Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated Best Film Editing
2009 (82nd) “A Serious Man” Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Original Screenplay
2010 (83rd) “True Grit” Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Directing
Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay
2015 (88th) “Bridge Of Spies” Nominated Best Original Screenplay



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VIEWED: Saturday, February 2, 2019

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