With the Oscars airing tonight, one of the wildest years in cinematic history is ending, which means my year-end film blogging is also winding up for the season. Despite the unusual nature of this past year’s film releases in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the year was still chock-full of amazing movies. It has particularly been a blast for me to write about this unique year of cinema these past couple of weeks and share those thoughts with you all. In advance of tonight’s 93rd Academy Awards, I have posted this recap. Below you will find (1) my predictions for the Best Picture category, including a discussion of the current betting odds, (2) my Top 10 Films of 2020, (3) my personal ballot for all categories in which I have seen each film/performance (14 of the 23 total categories, with a total of 89 of the 118 nominees), and (4) a complete ranking of every film I saw from this year’s Oscars eligibility period.

With that said, check out my recap and then make sure to tune into the 93rd Academy Awards tonight at 7:00 p.m. (CST) on ABC, live from Los Angeles Union Station and the Dolby Theatre, along with a number of satellite sites around the world, including in New York City, London, and Paris. Enjoy the show, film fans.

Best Picture – Who Could, Should, and Will Take Home Film’s Biggest Award

Who Could WinThe Trial of the Chicago 7

I liked Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, but I didn’t love it. For me, it was one of the two weakest Best Picture nominees this year. The betting odds, however, view the film quite favorably—the movie is presently getting +600 odds, the best of any challenger to Nomadland. I am personally a bit surprised by these odds, but it appears if there is the chance for an upset in the Best Picture category this year, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is likely the one to make it happen.

Who Should WinSound of Metal

As I described in great detail yesterday in my Top 10 post, Sound of Metal was my favorite movie of the year. If I had a vote for the biggest award of the night, this film would get it.

Who Will WinNomadland

So far this season, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland has swept the major awards in the Best Picture-equivalent categories, winning the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Movie Award, and British Academy Film Award. Currently, the film is getting -670 frontrunner odds. I definitely think when the biggest award is announced late tonight, Nomadland will be victorious.

Top 10 Films of 2020 (COVID Year)

1. Sound of Metal
2. Judas and the Black Messiah
3. The Invisible Man
4. Tenet
5. Palm Springs
6. The Vast of Night
7. Minari
8. The White Tiger
9. Promising Young Woman
10. I Care A Lot

My Personal Ballot for the 93rd Academy Awards

Best Picture

  1. Sound of Metal
  2. Judas and the Black Messiah
  3. Minari
  4. Promising Young Woman
  5. Nomadland
  6. The Father
  7. The Trial of the Chicago 7
  8. Mank

Best Director

  1. Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
  2. Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
  3. Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
  4. David Fincher – Mank
  5. Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round

Best Actor

  1. Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
  2. Anthony Hopkins – The Father
  3. Steven Yeun – Minari
  4. Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  5. Gary Oldman – Mank

Best Actress

  1. Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
  2. Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
  3. Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  4. Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  5. Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah
  2. Paul Raci – Sound of Metal
  3. Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah
  4. Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
  5. Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami…

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Youn Yuh-jung – Minari
  2. Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  3. Olivia Colman – The Father
  4. Amanda Seyfried – Mank
  5. Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell
  2. Judas and the Black Messiah – Will Berson and Chaka King (screenplay); Berson, King, Keith Lucas, and Kenny Lucas (story)
  3. Sound of Metal – Abraham Marder and Darius Marder (screenplay); Derek Cianfrance and D. Marder (story)
  4. Minari – Lee Isaac Chung
  5. The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Aaron Sorkin

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. The Father – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller (based on Zeller’s play of the same name)
  2. The White Tiger – Ramin Bahrani (based on the novel of the same name by Aravind Adiga)
  3. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Erica Rivinoja, and Dan Swimer (screenplay); Baron Cohen, Nina Pedrad, Swimer (story); based on the character by Baron Cohen
  4. Nomadland – Chloé Zhao, based on the book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
  5. One Night in Miami… – Kemp Powers (based on his play of the same name)

Best Documentary Feature

  1. My Octopus Teacher
  2. Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
  3. Time
  4. Collective
  5. The Mole Agent

Best Original Score

  1. Soul – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste
  2. Minari – Emile Mosseri
  3. Mank – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  4. News of the World – James Newton Howard
  5. Da 5 Bloods – Terence Blanchard

Best Sound

  1. Sound of Metal – Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Philip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, and Michelle Couttolenc
  2. Greyhound – Beau Borders, Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw, and David Wyman
  3. Soul – Coya Elliot, Ren Klyce, and David Parker
  4. Mank – Ren Klyce, Drew Kunin, Jeremy Molod, Nathan Nance, and David Parker
  5. News of the World – William Miller, John Pritchett, Mike Prestwood Smith, and Oliver Tarney

Best Production Design

  1. Tenet – Nathan Crawley (Production Design) and Kathy Lucas (Set Decoration)
  2. Mank – Donald Graham Burt (Production Design) and Jan Pascale (Set Decoration)
  3. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Mark Ricker (Production Design) and Karen O’Hara and Diana Sroughton (Set Decoration)
  4. News of the World – David Crank (Production Design) and Elizabeth Keenan (Set Decoration)
  5. The Father – Peter Francis (Production Design) and Cathy Featherstone (Set Decoration)

Best Cinematography

  1. Nomadland – Joshua James Richards
  2. Judas and the Black Messiah – Sean Bobbitt
  3. News of the World – Dariusz Wolski
  4. Mank – Erik Messerschmidt
  5. The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Phedon Papamichael

Best Film Editing

  1. Sound of Metal – Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
  2. Promising Young Woman – Frédéric Thoraval
  3. Nomadland – Chloé Zhao
  4. The Father – Yorgos Lamprinos
  5. The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Alan Baumgarten

Complete Ranking of All Films Seen from 2020 (COVID Year)

1 Sound of Metal
2 Judas and the Black Messiah
3 The Invisible Man
4 Tenet
5 Palm Springs
6 The Vast of Night
7 Minari
8 The White Tiger
9 Promising Young Woman
10 I Care A Lot
11 The Climb
12 Nomadland
13 Blow the Man Down
14 Soul
15 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
16 The Father
17 The Gentlemen
18 Da 5 Bloods
19 I’m Your Woman
20 My Octopus Teacher
21 Boys State
22 The Dissident
23 The 40-Year-Old Version
24 Rocks
25 Saint Maud
26 Another Round
27 All In: The Fight for Democracy
28 Dick Johnson Is Dead
29 Babyteeth
30 Uncle Frank
31 On the Rocks
32 The Platform
33 Extraction
34 Greyhound
35 The Trial of the Chicago 7
36 Hamilton
37 Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
38 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
39 Onward
40 Malcolm & Marie
41 Pieces of a Woman
42 One Night in Miami…
43 The Old Guard
44 Time
45 The Way Back
46 The Hunt
47 The Dig
48 Emma.
49 Collective
50 Blue Story
51 Bad Education
52 Totally Under Control
53 Athlete A
54 John Lewis: Good Trouble
55 The Shadow of Violence
56 The Mole Agent
57 Mank
58 The Way I See It
59 The Scheme
60 Run
61 Arkansas
62 News of the World
63 The Social Dilemma
64 His House
65 First Cow
66 I’m Thinking of Ending Things
67 Class Action Park
68 Enola Holmes
69 The One and Only Ivan
70 American Murder: The Family Next Door
71 Miss Americana
72 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
73 The Other Lamb
74 Never Rarely Sometimes Always
75 The United States vs. Billie Holiday
76 The Little Things
77 Swallow
78 Ammonite
79 True History of the Kelly Gang
80 Unpregnant
81 Tigertail
82 Come to Daddy
83 Big Time Adolescence
84 Hillbilly Elegy
85 An American Pickle
86 Tread
87 The Lovebirds
88 Be Water
89 Irresistible
90 Lost Girls
91 All Day and a Night
92 Synchronic
93 Eddie
94 Get Duked
95 Guns Akimbo
96 My Darling Vivian
97 Elephant
98 Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story
99 Selfie
100 Capone
101 The Cat in the Wall
102 TFW No GF

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