Top 10 Movies of 2020

The most glamorous, albeit yearly controversial,  Academy Awards are upon us. The best part of the Oscar nominations? INCLUSION. For the first time in a long time (or maybe ever), the majority of nominees are new faces. What a concept, right?

The delay of the 93rd Academy Awards, more than two months later than usual, will recognize films released during a year in which movie theaters were largely closed.

Netflix’s “Mank” (big yawn) scored a leading 10 nominations, including nods for best director (David Fincher <3), best actor (Gary Oldman) and best supporting actress (Amanda Seyfried), in addition to best picture. Two women were nominated for best director for the first time ever with Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”). They will compete against Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”), David Fincher (“Mank”) and Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”).

2020 was a tumultuous wreck of a year for everyone, but somehow it seems we all found solace in some of the best movies the year had to offer. The screening process was different, but that didn’t stop the movies from pouring in virtually.

It looks different, it feels different, but one things for sure…the movies all reigned supreme!

Here’s my top 10 list of my personal favorite movies from 2020.

10. Birds of Prey

Director: Cathy Yan

Cast: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead 

Plot: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

9. Soul

Director: Pete Doctor

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton 

Plot: After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife.

8. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Director: Jason Woliner

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova

Plot: Borat returns from Kazakhstan to America and this time he reveals more about the American culture, the COVID-19 pandemic and the political elections.

7. The Father

Director: Florian Zeller

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss

Plot: A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

6. I Care a Lot

Director: J Blakeson

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González 

Plot: A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears.

5. Pieces of a Woman

Director: Kornél Mundruczó

Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn 

Plot: When a young mother’s home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.

4. Sound of Metal

Director: Darius Marder

Cast: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci

Plot: A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

3. Da 5 Bloods

Director: Spike Lee

Cast: Delroy LindoJonathan Majors, Chadwick Boseman

Plot: Four African-American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

2. Tenet

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki

Plot: Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

1. Promising Young Woman

Director: Emerald Fennell

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie 

Plot: A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

What were your favorite movies of 2020? Did the Oscars get it right or so wrong?

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Movies of 2020”

  1. So far, I’ve only seen 4 films in that list with Soul currently #1 at the moment but I haven’t seen a lot of films as I just blame the pandemic for essentially stifling me.

  2. This was a hard year for me, since I usually see 2-3 films a week, but I haven’t been to the theater since March 2020. Like Ninvoid99, I’ve only seen 4 films on your list, though I intend to catch up on a couple that are currently streaming (Sound of Metal, Pieces of a Woman, and I’ll be buying Promising Young Woman when it’s out on BluRay). I’m so-so on Tenet and Birds of Prey for myself; with Tenet it may be that I’ve only watched it once and that’s a movie for multiple screenings. But I have some others I saw which I truly enjoyed.
    “The Invisible Man”: A reimagining for the #MeToo age, with a better basis in science, that is a satisfying thriller.
    “One Night In Miami”: Four giants of 1960s Black history talking about their world and their lives, but the conversation could have been from today.
    “Nomadland”: I’ve seen it twice now, and I’m glad it won big last night. It’s essentially a eulogy for the middle-class dream, a spiritual child of “The Grapes of Wrath.”
    “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”: Viola Davis’ Ma is like an earthquake, shaking up everyone around her, while Chadwick Boseman’s like a tornado, spinning fast until it touches down with tragic results. Boseman should have posthumously got the statue last night.
    “Trial of the Chicago 7”: It’s way inaccurate historically, but Aaron Sorkin spins an effective fiction.

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