MY ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARD FILM RANKING (BEST TO WORST) and WHO SHOULD WIN

Below is how I rank all nominated movies for all the 2020 nominated films minus Documentaries (features and short subjects) Short Films (live action and animated). I also say who I think should win in each category.

I started my annual watching of the Nominated Pictures about four years ago. I had always watched the Academy Awards and wished wish I’d seen all the nominees. So one year, I thought, why not try? Now, it’s something that I do for myself every year that I love. I wrote this introduction, but feel free to skip right down to the rankings if you’re bored with it haha.

This year was bittersweet for me for this thing that I do . Usually, it takes a lot of planning to see all the movies (luckily our movie theater here makes it a point to show many of them), but can get expensive because you either have to go to the theaters or, if not in theaters, they usually make you buy the movie before the awards (they don’t make them available to rent until after). This year, all the nominees were on streaming services, most of the services that I already subscribed to, so it took no effort to find and see them. But I missed going to the theater. Because I didn’t have to worry about where to find the movies, I saved a lot of them to watch until the last minute, which didn’t make it as fun. (I didn’t get to the documentaries this year, either).

On a side note: I’m really annoyed they nominated the doc Collective in The Best Foreign Film category. Documentaries are not the same as fictionalized movies and should not be treated as such.

So here are my rules I set for myself:

1.) I try to stay away from anything on the internet that ranks the movies or gives the odds of a certain film or person winning. However, thorought the year, I am probably influenced by reviews and others’ opinions. I am probably influenced by what category they are nominated in, as well. Even the order I watched the movies in probably affects their ranking (which ones I saw long ago versus now, the mood I was in while watching them, etc.)

2.) I watch the movies legally, even though it gets expensive.

3.) I rank them how I like them or dislike them. This is done completely by my subjective opinion. It is honestly probably impossible to rank movies from so many different genres, cultures, and directors, but I try. And sometimes the only reason for a high ranking is that it was my kind of movie, and I loved it.  

So here are my rankings for the movies this year, from Best to Worst:

1. The Father

2. The Trial of the Chicago 7

3. Love and Monsters

4. Mank

5. Minari

6. Quo Vidas, Aida?

7. Sound of Metal

8. Pieces of a Woman

9. Better Days

10. Over the Moon

11. Another Round

12. One Night In Miami…

13. Judas and The Black Messiah

14. Nomadland                 

15. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

16. The United States vs. Billie Holiday

17. Wolfwalker

18. The Life Ahead

19. The Man Who Sold His Skin

20. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery Of Prodigious Bribe To American Regime For Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan

21. News of the World

22. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

23. Da 5 Bloods

24. Greyhound

25. Mulan

26. White Tiger

27. Collective

28. Emma

The Movies Below This Point Annoy Me

29. Promising Young Woman

30. Onward

31. Soul

The Movies Below This Point Are, IMO, Trash and I Hate Them

32. The One and Only Ivan

33. A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

34. The Hillbilly Elegies

35. Midnight Sky

36. Pinocchio

37. Tenet

Who I Think Should Win In Each Category:

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Runner Up: Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Runner Up: Lesie Odom, Jr. (One Night In Miami…)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)

Runner Up: Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

Amanda Seyfried (Mank)

Runner Up: Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

Over The Moon

Runner Up: Wolfwalkers

CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Mank

Runner Up: Nomadland

COSTUME DESIGN:

Mulan

Runner Up: Emma

DIRECTING:

Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)

Runner Up: David Fincher (Mank)

FILM EDITING:

The Father

Runner Up: Sound Of Metal

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM:

Quo Vidas, Aiada? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Runner Up: Better Days (Hong Kong)

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

Emma

Runner Up: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE):

Soul

Runner Up: Da 5 Bloods

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG):

Husavik (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire)

Runner Up: Hear My Voice (The Trial of The Chicago 7)

BEST PICTURE:

The Father

Runner Up: The Trial of the Chicago 7

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

Mank

Runner Up: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

SOUND:

Sound of Metal

Runner Up: News Of The World

VISUAL EFFECTS:

Love and Monsters

Runner Up: Mulan

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY):

One Night In Maimi…

Runner Up: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery Of Prodigious Bribe To American Regime For Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Minari

Runner Up: Judas and The Black Messiah

Final Notes:

Zendaya should have been nominated for Best Actress for Malcolm and Marie

Julia Garner should have been nominated for Best Actress for The Assistant

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