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.
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
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.
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?