Not-Oscars 2020

This year’s Not Oscars are really not the Oscars, because the Oscars aren’t happening for another three months and there’s still six weeks left in the eligibility window for new contenders to pop up. I’ve seen all the likely nominees from 2020 and several more yet to be officially released, but some buzzed about performances from 2021 aren’t reflected here, since I cut my list off at the end of the calendar year instead of following the Academy’s lead. It’s unusual to be so out of sync with the Oscars, but it’s an offbeat year all around.

There are some great performances here, of course. But — even moreso than my Top Ten — this crop suffers from an Oscar season that extends well into 2021, with some major players still to come. Movies like Judas And The Black Messiah and Malcolm & Marie won’t appear on my lists until the end of 2021 — a lifetime away from now. I would have preferred the Academy Awards to stand their ground, rather than drag 2020 out even longer than necessary. It would be nice if we could put all of 2020 in hindsight right about now.

Still, there’s plenty of good stuff to celebrate, even in a weird, muted year — giving me a chance to highlight a lot of performances that almost certainly will be crowded out of the awards conversation by late April. Here’s to the small fries!

BEST ACTRESS

Carrie Coon – The Nest

Elisabeth Moss – The Invisible Man
Nicole Beharie – Miss Juneteenth
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Haley Bennett – Swallow
 

Honorable Mentions:

Stephy Tang – My Prince Edward 

Anne Hathaway – The Last Thing He Wanted

BEST ACTOR

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Hugh Jackman – Bad Education
John Boyega – Red, White And Blue
Jude Law – The Nest
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night In Miami

 

Honorable Mentions:

Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Allison Janney – Bad Education
Olivia Colman – The Father
Candice Bergen – Let Them All Talk
 

Honorable Mentions:

Agata Kulesza – The Hater

Marisa Tomei – The King Of Staten Island

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Arliss Howard – Mank

Stephen McHattie – Come To Daddy
Charles Dance – Mank
Steve Toussaint – Red, White And Blue
Chu Pak-hong – My Prince Edward

 

Honorable Mentions:

Tom Pelphrey  – Mank

Harris Dickinson – Matthias & Maxime

BEST DIRECTOR

Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Steve McQueen – Lovers Rock
David Fincher – Mank
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
Carlo Mirabella-Davis – Swallow

 

Honorable Mentions:

Jan Komasa – The Hater

Regina King – One Night In Miami

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BEST ENSEMBLE

Mank

Minari
One Night In Miami
Nomadland
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Bad Education – Mike Makowsky

One Night in Miami – Kemp Powers
The Father – Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller
The Invisible Man – Leigh Wannell
Martin Eden – Maurizio Braucci
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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Mank – Jack Fincher

The Nest – Sean Durkin
Swallow – Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Miss Juneteeth – Channing Godfrey Peoples
Minari – Lee Isaac Chung

WORST AT BEING RICH

Tom Hardy – Capone

Haley Bennet – Swallow

Hugh Jackman & Allison Janney – Bad Education

Jude Law – The Nest

Oliver Jackson-Cohen – The Invisible Man

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BEST AT BEING POOR

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Nicole Beharie – Miss Juneteenth

Kris Hitchen & Debbie Honeywood – Sorry We Missed You

Steven Yuen – Minari

Sidney Flanigan – Never Rarely Sometimes Always

BEST SCORE

Last And First Men – Jóhann Jóhannsson

Minari – Emile Mosseri

Martin Eden – Marco Messina and Sacha Ricci

The Nest – Richard Reed Parry

Capone  – El-P

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BEST MUSICAL MOMENT

“Kung Fu Fighting” & “Silly Games” – Lovers Rock

“Always On My Mind” – Matthias & Maxime

“Small Town Boy” – The Nest

The Audition – And Then We Danced

“A Change Is Gonna Come” – One Night In Miami

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