Best of 2020 Movie Awards

Traditionally, when an organization gives out yearly awards, it’s for the prior year. Unless you’re getting screeners and seeing more than a couple movies every week, it’s hard to have seen all the worthy films of a given year before March, when the traditional “award season” ends.

That’s why it made sense to us to give it an extra 12 months to give people extra time.

Here are the awards for the Best of 2020, with the nominees and winners as voted on by reviewers and regular movie viewers.

Best Visuals

Winner: TENET

Other Top Voted Nominees:

Birds of Prey


My Octopus Teacher

Best Music

Winner: Soul

Other Top Voted Nominees:

Da 5 Bloods

Birds of Prey

The Devil All The Time

Most Surprisingly Good Movie

Winner: Eurovision Song Contest

Other Top Voted Nominees:

Love and Monsters

The Invisible Man

Palm Springs

Best Director

Winner: Florian Zeller – “The Father”

Other Top Voted Nominees:

Emerald Fennell – “Promising Young Woman”

Thomas Vinterberg – “Another Round”

Chloe Zhao – “Nomadland”

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Olivia Coleman – “The Father”

Other Top Voted Nominees:

Yuh-Jung Youn – “Minari”

Maria Bakalova – “Borat Subsequent Movie Film”

Glenn Close – “Hillbilly Elegy”

Mary Elizabeth Winstead – “Birds of Prey”

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Daniel Kaluuya – “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Other Top Voted Nominees:

Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Lakeith Stanfield – “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Leslie Odom – “Hamilton”

Sacha Baron Cohen – “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Documentary

Winner: The Social Dilemma

Other Top Voted Nominees:

You Can’t Kill David Arquette

My Octopus Teacher

#Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump

Best Picture – Horror

Winner: The Invisible Man

Other Top Voted Nominees:




Vampires vs The Bronx

Best Picture – Animation

Winner: Wolfwalkers

Other Top Voted Nominees:



Over the Moon

Best Picture – Thriller

Winner: Promising Young Woman

Other Top Voted Nominees:

The Devil All The Time

The Invisible Man

Night of the Kings

Best Picture – Sci-Fi

Winner: TENET

Other Top Voted Nominees:

The Invisible Man

The Vast of Night

The Midnight Sky

Best Picture – Action

Winner: Birds Of Prey

Other Top Voted Nominees:


Love and Monsters

Wonder Woman 1984

The Old Guard

Best Actress

Winner: Carey Mulligan – “Promising Young Woman”

Other Top Voted Nominees:

Margot Robbie – “Birds of Prey”

Frances McDormand – “Nomadland”

Viola Davis – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Elizabeth Moss – “The Invisible Man”

Best Actor

Winner: Anthony Hopkins – “The Father”

Other Top Voted Nominees:

Riz Ahmed – “The Sound of Metal”

Mads Mikkelsen – “Another Round”

Delroy Lindo – “Da 5 Bloods”

Best Picture – Comedy

Winner: Palm Springs

Other Top Voted Nominees:

Another Round

Eurovision Song Contest

Borat Subsequent Movie Film

Happiest Season

Best Picture – Drama / Musical

Winner: The Trial of the Chicago 7


Other Top Voted Nominees:

The Father

Promising Young Woman

Another Round

Judas and the Black Messiah

First Cow

Closing Notes

Initially there were a few things we intended to do with this awards presentation that we didn’t end up doing. One of those things was a category for the “Most Disappointing Movie of 2020”, but we heard from enough of our voters that they weren’t interested in voicing an opinion in the category that we decided to just scrap it all together. While I still believe in the concept’s importance on the whole, I’m not sure I conveyed it correctly to get sufficient weigh-in. Perhaps it will return next year.

Another thing for next year is getting some write-ups / supporting opinions on the winners from the voters. I’d love to be able to present a bit more about the winners with the reasons why voters chose them. We didn’t get enough responses with those sorts of write-ups from voters this year, but perhaps next year.

Special thanks to all the voters who weighed in! I really appreciate everyone who was willing to lend their opinions to this voting. I tried to make it as easy for everyone as possible, and hopefully I can make some improvements on it for next year.

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