The Farewell

Director: Lulu Wang

The Farewell marks Matt’s third collaboration with director Lulu Wang. The film earned Matt an American Cinema Editors Eddie nomination for Best Edited Feature Film, and Awkwafina a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

In total, The Farewell was nominated for or won over 70 awards, garnered near universal critical praise, and has a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Farewell Film

Trailer

The Dinner Scene

One of the trickiest scenes to edit in the entire film. I talk about why in this podcast for The Next Best Picture

The scene was so overwhelming to us that we put off tackling it until the very end of the process.

The argument happening at the table is one quite alien to most Americans. We had to help American audiences understand the scene, but the ideas being discussed were so universally understood in Chinese culture that the characters would not realistically go into detail about why they were saying the things they were saying. It was an incredibly delicate balancing act to make the scene powerful for two different audiences with very different cultural backgrounds.

The Farewell Trailer

Awards & Nominations

Golden Globes

WINNER - Best Perfomance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

American Film Institute

WINNER - 10 Best Films

ACE Eddie Awards

Nominated - Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy), Matthew Friedman & Michael Taylor

New York Film Critics Online

WINNER - Top Ten Films of 2019

Film Independent Spirit Awards

WINNER - Best Feature
Nominated - Best Supporting Female, Zhao Shuzhen

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Woman Director, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Woman Screenwriter, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Woman's Breakthrough Performance, Awkwafina

Boston Online Film Critics Association

WINNER - Top 10 Films of 2019, #9

Chicago Film Critics Association

WINNER - Milos Stehlik Breakthrough Filmmaker Award, Lulu Wang
WINNER - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film

Columbus Ohio Film Critics Association

Nominated - Best Film
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Breakthrough Film Artist, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang

Detroit Film Critics Society

Nominated - Best Ensemble
Nominated - Best Breakthrough, Lulu Wang, Writer/Director/Producer

Florida Film Critics Circle

Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Ensemble
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Breakout Award, Lulu Wang

Greater Western New York Critics Association

WINNER - Breakthrough Performance, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Picture
Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Lead Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang

Hawaii Film Critics Society

Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina

Humanitas Prize

Nominated - Comedy or Musical Feature Film Category, The Farewell Written by Lulu Wang

Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society

Nominated - Best Picture
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Female Director, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Independent Film
Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film

North Carolina Film Critics Association

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang

Phoenix Critics Circle

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen

San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle

Best Actress, Awkwafina
Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang

Southeastern Film Critics Association

WINNER - Top 10 Films

The British Academy of Film and Television

Nominated - Film not in the English Language, Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia
Nominated - EE Rising Star, Awkwafina

Gotham Awards

WINNER - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Feature
Nominated - Best Screenplay, Lulu Wang

National Board of Review

WINNER - Top 10 Independent Films

Critics Choice

Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Comedy

Hollywood Critics Association

WINNER - Best Independent Film

Austin Film Critics Association

Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Breakthrough Artist, Awkwafina, Lulu Wang

The Casting Society of America

Nominated - Studio or Independent - Comedy, Leslie Woo

Chicago Indie Critics

Nominated - Best Independent Film
Nominated - Best Director, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Impact Award, Lulu Wang

Denver Film Critics Society

Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Comedy
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film

Dorian Awards

Nominated - Film Performance of the Year — Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Supporting Film Performance of the Year — Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Foreign Language Film of the Year

Georgia Film Critics Association

Nominated - Best Picture
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - Breakthrough Award, Awkwafina

Guild of Music Supervisors

Nominated - Best Music Supervision for Film: Budgeted Under 5 Million Dollars, Susan Jacobs, Dylan Neely

Houston Film Critics Society

WINNER - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Picture
Nominated - Best Director, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Screenplay

Las Vegas Film Critics Society

Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina

Music City Film Critics Association

Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen

North Texas Film Critics Association

WINNER - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Picture
Nominated - Best Director
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina

San Diego Film Critics Society

WINNER - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzen
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Foreign-language Film

Seattle Film Critics Society

Nominated - Best Picture
Nominated - Best Actress, Awkwafina
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress, Zhao Shuzhen
Nominated - Best Original Screenplay, Lulu Wang
Nominated - Best Foreign Film

St. Louis Film Critics Association

Nominated - Best Comedy

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Lulu and Matt at an undisclosed location for the mix of “The Farewell.” Hint: The Force was strong here.