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The Winners of the 2019 Meltdown Awards


   All of these nominees and winners are discussed in-depth at our Meltdown Awards ceremony!

Listen as we cover all the categories - plus we give direct quotes from the voters!


Listen to the Meltdown Awards ceremony here:



1. Most questionable career decision made by an actor/actress/filmmaker in 2019?

 a) Tom Hooper making “Cats”.

 b) Liam Neeson's "Cold Pursuit" press tour.

 c) Robert Downey Jr. filming “Doctor Doolittle”.

 d) The entire cast of “Dead Don’t Die” for “participating in Jim Jarmusch's ridiculous vision”.    

And the winner is… John Travolta for making “The Fanatic”




2. Most shocking moment in a 2019 film?

      a) Maniac Baboon in Ad Astra.

      b) Midsommar - the Cliff scene. 

      c) Something ear-related that happens to John Travolta in “The Fanatic”. 

      d) Avengers: Endgame - Captain America using Thor's hammer. 

And the winner is… The third act of “Once upon a Time in Hollywood”


3. Most miscast actor/actress for their role in a 2019 film?


      a) Natalia Reyes in “Terminator Dark Fate”  

      b) David Harbour in “Hellboy”

      c) Adam Driver as a leading man. 

      d) Mark Strong as Mr. Sivana in “Shazam!”

And the winner is… Will Smith as Genie in “Aladdin”



 4. Most impressive visuals (CG, practical, whatever...) in a 2019 film?

      a) Ad Astra 

      b) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

      c) Godzilla: King of the Monsters 

      d) Midsommar 

And the winner is… Avengers: Endgame 




 5. Most obnoxious use of CGI (or other effects) in a 2019 film?

      a) The Lion King

      b) The vehicle chain in “Hobbs and Shaw”. 

      c) Hellboy

      d) Alita: Battle Angel 

And the winner is… Cats





6. Best kill/death in a film in 2019?   (aka most awesome death/kill) 

a) Ready or Not  - the final scene. 

b) Cold Pursuit - All of them?

c) Child’s Play - Christmas lights, a lawnmower and a watermelon patch. 

d) Avengers: Endgame - Thanos’ 1st death. 

  And the winner is… Dealing with “the family” at the end of “Once upon a Time in Hollywood”  





7. Best villain in a 2019 film?

      a) Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen) in “Joker”

      b) Whoever the villain was in “The Lighthouse”?  

      c) Sue Ann (Octavia Spencer) in “Ma”.

      d) Someone in “Knives Out” (Spoilers - but if you’ve seen the movie… you know who.)

And the winner is… Thanos in “Avengers: Endgame”





8. Best monster in a 2019 film?

       a) Pennywise “It: Chapter 2” 

       b)  Jangly Man in “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”

       c) The kid in “Brightburn”

       d) Goose the Flerkin in “Captain Marvel”

  And the winner is… King Ghidorah from “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”





 9. Best action sequence in a 2019 film?

    a) Finale of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.

    b) Running to/from the flood in “Parasite”.

    c) The chase at the end of “Hobbs and Shaw”. 

    d) Runner-up: “John Wick 3” - Antique shop knife fight/motorcycles/ dogs running up walls/horses kicking people/etc.  

 And the winner is… The finale of “Avengers: Endgame”





10. Favorite score used in a 2019 film? (It does NOT have to be specifically created for the film.)

    a)  Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Bear McCreary

    b) Knives out - Nathan Johnson

    c) Midsommar - Bobby Krlic (aka the Haxan Cloak) 

   d) 1917- Thomas Newman

And the winner is… John Williams for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"



11. Performer that you feel is aesthetically pleasing while also having an amazing charisma that you are inexplicably drawn to...  (but if you were ever in their presence in the real world you would be completely respectful and not at all creepy toward them) in a film in 2019?

     a) Randall Park 

     b) Ryan Reynolds

     c) Shazam

     d) Brad Pitt

And the boy-type person winner is… Keanu Reeves



     a) Emma Stone

     b) Anna de Armas

     c) Lupita Nyong'o

     d) Florence Pugh 

And the girl-type person winner is…  Brie Larson


12. The 2019 movie you expected to hate, but ended up enjoying?

     a) Downton Abby

     b) Dora and the Lost City of Gold

     c) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

     d) Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker 

 And the winner is… Joker


13. Dreariest study of the human condition (in a film in 2019)?

     a) Parasite

     b) Richard Jewel 

     c) The Fanatic

     d) Uncut Gems

And the winner is… Joker


14. Favorite use of a song in a 2019 film? (It does NOT have to be originally created for the film.)


     a) “Pet Semetary” by Star Crawlers from "Pet Semetary"

     b) “Komm, gib mir deine Hand" (I Wanna Hold Your Hand) by The Beatles from "JoJo Rabbit"

     c) “Criminal” by Fiona Apple from "Hustlers" 

     d) “I Punched Keanu Reeves” by Hello Peril from “Always be my Maybe” 

And the winner is… "I Got 5 On It" by Luniz featuring Michael Marshal from “Us”





15. Non-main character that stole the 2019 film in which they are featured?  

     a) The Bear in "Midsommar"

     b) Merlin in "The Kid Who Would Be King"

     c) Keanu Reeves in "Always be my Maybe"

     d) Babu Frik in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"

 And the winner is…Julia Butters as Trudi Fraser in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"



16. Most impressive director of a 2019 film?

     a) Anthony Russo & Joe Russo (Avengers: Endgame) 

     b) Greta Gerwig  (Little Women)

     c) Sam Mendes (1917)

     d) Runner-up: Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

And the winner is… Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)



 17. Favorite (what you would consider) mainstream movie in 2019?

     a) Ad Astra 

     b) 1917

     c) Knives Out 

     d) Runner-up: Avengers: Endgame 

And the winner is… Once Upon a Time in Hollywood



18. Favorite (what you would consider) indie movie in 2019?

     a) Ready or Not

     b) The Fanatic

     c) Midsommer 

     d) Runner-up: The Light House

And the winner is… Parasite



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