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The Best and Worst Movies of 2020


Award shows have not gotten a good track record since the COVID-19 pandemic began as ratings have been falling at record lows and things are not looking that great for the Academy Awards which will be handed out next month. Maybe its because nobody is feeling much like celebrating these days or perhaps we are all so very burned out with “virtual” events. But as they say, the show must go on.

But what makes this year an especially odd one when it comes to movies is this year’s collection of nominees. Showcasing the best of the best, the Oscar nominations were announced Monday morning. On the other end of the spectrum, the Golden Raspberry award nominees, highlighting the worst films of the year, were announced the night before. As it turns out – some of the same nominees are on both lists! I could be wrong, but don’t know if that has ever happened since the Razzies began in 1980. The movie that is collectively getting the most nominations of the two lists is Hillbilly Elegy. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Glenn Close and Amy Adams, the movie currently has a 25% “rotten” score by Rotten Tomatoes, a rare finding for an Oscar contender. To be fair, the movie also scored an 85% “fresh” audience score, which makes you wonder if they were indeed watching the same movie. Many critics have stated that the acting was good despite a bad script. Glenn Close has been nominated for both Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Worst Supporting Actress.

Another issue working against the Oscars this year is the shear number of films nominated that many people have not seen or even heard of. Some could only be found on streaming services. That doesn’t mean that they are bad, but the list of contenders isn’t exactly giving people a reason to tune in either.

As far as the Razzies go, the movies making the biggest stink are Dolittle, Fantasy Island, Music and something called All 3 “Barbie & Kendra” Movies.

The Oscars will air live on ABC on April 25. The Razzies will be given out the night before on April 24.

And now, here are your nominees!

Oscar Nominations

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Riz Ahmed / Sound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman / Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Anthony Hopkins / The Father
  • Gary Oldman / Mank
  • Steven Yeun / Minari

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Sacha Baron Cohen / The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Daniel Kaluuya / Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Leslie Odom, Jr. / One Night in Miami
  • Paul Raci / Sound of Metal
  • Lakeith Stanfield / Judas and the Black Messiah

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Viola Davis / Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Andra Day / The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  • Vanessa Kirby / Pieces of a Woman
  • Frances McDormand / Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan / Promising Young Woman

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Maria Bakalova / Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Glenn Close / Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman / The Father
  • Amanda Seyfried / Mank
  • Yuh-Jung Youn / Minari

Animated Feature Film

  • Onward
  • Over the Moon
  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
  • Soul
  • Wolfwalkers

Short Film (animated)

  • Burrow
  • Genius Loci
  • If Anything Happens I Love You
  • Opera
  • Yes-People

Short Film (live action)

  • Feeling Through
  • The Letter Room
  • The Present
  • Two Distant Strangers
  • White Eye

Cinematography

  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Mank
  • News of the World
  • Nomadland
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Costume Design

  • Emma
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Mank
  • Mulan
  • Pinocchio

Sound

  • Greyhound
  • Mank
  • News of the World
  • Soul
  • Sound of Metal

Visual Effects

  • Love and Monsters
  • The Midnight Sky
  • Mulan
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Tenet

Writing (adapted screenplay)

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • The Father
  • Nomadland
  • One Night in Miami
  • The White Tiger

Writing (original screenplay)

  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Minari
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trail of the Chicago 7

International Feature Film

  • Another Round (Denmark)
  • Better Days (Hong Kong)
  • Collective (Romania)
  • The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)
  • Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Documentary (feature)

  • Collective
  • Crip Camp
  • The Mole Agent
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • Time

Documentary (short subject)

  • Colette
  • A Concerto is a Conversation
  • Do Not Split
  • Hunger Ward
  • A Love Song for Latasha

Film Editing

  • The Father
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Emma
  • Hillbilly Elegy
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Mank
  • Pinocchio

Music (original score)

Da 5 Bloods
Mank
Minari
News of the World
Soul

Music (original song)

Fight for You / Judas and the Black Messiah
Hear My Voice / The Trial of the Chicago 7
Husavik / Eurovision Song Contest
Io Si’ (Seen) / The Life Ahead
Speak Now / One Night in Miami

Production Design

  • The Father
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Mank
  • News of the World
  • Tenet

Directing

  • Thomas Vinterberg / Another Round
  • David Fincher / Mank
  • Lee Isaac Chung / Minari
  • Chloe Zhao / Nomadland
  • Emerald Fennell / Promising Young Woman

Best Picture

  • The Father
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Mank
  • Minari
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Razzie Nominations

Worst Actor

  • Robert Downey Jr. / Dolittle
  • Mike Lindell / Absolute Proof
  • Michele Morrone / 365 Days
  • Adam Sandler / Hubie Halloween
  • David Spade / The Wrong Missy

Worst Actress

  • Anne Hathaway / The Last Thing He Wanted and Roald Dahl’s the Witches
  • Katie Holmes / Brahms: The Boy II and The Secret: Dare to Dream
  • Kate Hudson / Music
  • Lauren Lapkus / The Wrong Missy
  • Anna-Maria Sieklucka / 365 Days

Worst Supporting Actor

  • Chevy Chase / The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee
  • Rudy Giuliani / Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger / Iron Mask
  • Bruce Willis / Breach, Hard Kill and Survive the Night

Worst Supporting Actress

  • Glenn Close / Hillbilly Elegy
  • Lucy Hale / Fantasy Island
  • Maggie Q / Fantasy Island
  • Kristen Wiig / Wonder Woman 1984
  • Maddie Ziegler / Music

Worst Screen Combo

  • Maria Bakalova & Rudy Giuliani / Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Robert Downey Jr. & His Utterly Unconvincing “Welsh” Accent / Doolittle
  • Harrison Ford and That Totally Fake-Looking CGI “Dog” / Call of the Wild
  • Lauren Lapkus and David Spade / The Wrong Missy
  • Adam Sandler and His Grating Simpleton Voice / Hubie Halloween

Worst Screenplay

  • 365 Days
  • All 3 “Barbie & Kendra” Movies
  • Dolittle
  • Fantasy Island
  • Hillbilly Elegy

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel

  • 365 Days
  • Dolittle
  • Fantasy Island
  • Hubie Halloween
  • Wonder Woman 1984

Worst Director

  • Charles Band / All 3 “Barbie & Kendra” Movies
  • Barbara Bialowas and Tomasz Mandes / 365 Days
  • Stephen Gaghan / Dolittle
  • Ron Howard / Hillbilly Elegy
  • Sia / Music

Worst Picture

  • 365 Days
  • Absolute Proof
  • Dolittle
  • Fantasy Island
  • Music

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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