By Ryan C. Showers
Guys, 2020 was weird. The COVID-19 pandemic may have up-ended dozens of theatrical releases, altered the entertainment industry's fabric forever, and exposed both the normalization and power of streaming services. Through the ups and downs of this eventful year, there was breathing room in the market for smaller films to bubble up to the surface and have a real chance for the spotlight. Some may look back and regard this year as a weaker year for cinema. However, I dissent. Film and awards season kept me going in 2020, through the shutdowns, social distancing, and time spent at home. And I loved that smaller art films took center stage. Any year in cinema is what you make of it.
By Tom O'Brien
In my previous "Best of 2020" blog post, I looked back on films that I ranked number 11 through 20, movies that ranged from a time-loop comedy to an investigative documentary to a touching same-sex love story, each of which helped to raise the bar on the quality among 2020 films. Now let's turn to ten films that went above and beyond, providing moments for me that helped me to see films (or life, for that matter) in a slightly different way.
I now give you my top 10 of 2020...
By Tom O'Brien
When the expected big guns of the 2020 Oscar race ("Dune," "The French Dispatch," & "West Side Story," just to name a few) were hustled off to late 2021 so that they could have a splashy post-COVID run in theaters, these words began to appear from #FilmTwitter about the films that remained duking it out in the race for the 2020 Oscars:
Well, honey, if the films of 2020 are the "B-team," I'll gladly take these "scraps" and "leftovers" any day of the week. In fact, there were so many standout films onscreen this year that I couldn't limit my list to simply ten titles, so I'd like to offer a "20 Best of 2020" with these first ten titles serving as more-than-worthy runners-up to the Top 10. And just look at the variety of subjects that these 20 films tackled: From a Korean-American family in Arkansas to life among American nomads on the road, and from stellar film adaptations of three celebrated plays to an unexpected thriller with an ending that no one saw coming. Perhaps most surprising of all, seven of these Top 20 films were made by first-time directors, an impressive number that bodes well for outstanding work from them in years to come. So let's get started...
By Dan Bayer
2020, true to form, threw me for a real loop in terms of list-making. So many films that I saw feel like they weren't even released, two of my favorites of the year got pushed back well into 2021 (I'll miss you, "Nine Days" and "Shiva Baby"), some opened within the Oscar eligibility window but clearly weren't either 2020 or 2021 ("Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar"), and plenty of foreign films did their usual thing of being eligible for 2020 Oscars but not officially opening until after nominations were announced in the next year. With the mess of the extended Oscar eligibility window, it became increasingly difficult to determine which films belonged in which year. After many, many weeks of agonizing over it, I decided that it would be on mine if it were on Oscar's eligibility list for 2020. The films that weren't would have to wait until whenever they actually open. What made this even more difficult is that there were a lot of good movies this year! No matter what your eligibility window, there were plentiful moments of cinematic greatness in 2020. You just had to look farther afield than usual to find them. From the tiniest of micro-indies to the festival sensations, to the traditional big "Oscar Bait" films - and with much love to "Hamilton" and "Lovers Rock," especially in a year when the line between film and television grew even blurrier than usual - here are the ten that kept my soul fed throughout this crazy year.
By Cody Dericks
Because of obvious circumstances in this weird, awful year, the most noteworthy movies of 2020 were mostly small, grounded stories that focused on humanity's shared experiences. Beyond the films I'm about to list, I have to give a special mention to "Hamilton" and Steve McQueen's "Education" and "Lovers Rock" which, even with the ever-blending definitions of television and film, I'm not including here even though they were some of the best pieces of filmed media I saw all year. Also, unlike the Academy with their expanded year, I'm only including films in my top 10 that actually came out in the calendar year of 2020. So, let's look back on some of the few bright spots of this blight of a year.
By Casey Lee Clark
It's no secret that 2020 was a weird year, particularly in the world of film. However, I think it has allowed for more attention to be given to smaller films and a greater variety in terms of who is telling these stories. For one, I saw more films outside my comfort zone or even films that, in a different year, I probably would not have seen and ended up really enjoying them. I was also fortunate enough at the beginning of 2020 to be able to attend Sundance, where I saw several films that had an impact on my best-of list. It might seem a bit late to be making a top film of 2020 list, but I typically hold off on making mine until the end of January the following year anyways to devote that whole month to catch-up. There were a lot of films that I loved this year and it was nice to be able to see more as well as revisit and reevaluate the films I had seen throughout the year.
Narrowing it down to a top ten was quite difficult, so I have some honorable mentions that I would like to shout out: "And Then We Danced," "Crip Camp," "Da 5 Bloods," "First Cow," "Kajillionaire," "Let Them All Talk," "Mangrove," "Mank," "Soul" and "Sound of Metal."
By Tom O'Brien
No need to be reminded of the steaming pile of a year that has just passed, with its staggering death toll and calamitous effects, both on the nation's health and its economy. Though probably way down on the priority list, one missing entity that has been important to many is the absence of performing arts in any venue other than virtual -- the gathering together of an audience in a theater or a concert hall is a joy of which we have been deprived for nearly a year. For filmgoers, of course, the fact that shuttered cinemas have cost us (for now) the latest works by names such as Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg and Denis Villeneuve, whose films have been postponed into 2021, is particularly frustrating.
On the other hand, those venues that could show films, such as drive-ins and streaming websites, still needed products. Enter the rise of the independent film in 2020, a development that has presented us with a wide range of stories, from a time-loop rom-com to a look of deafness through the journey of a rock drummer, and from Black icons cooped up in a Miami hotel room to a female-led vengeance thriller with a dozy of an ending. Not only are each of these films among the year's best, but in every case, they marked the first time that their directors had ever made a feature film.
On March 9, the Directors Guild will announce their five directing nominees for a first-time feature film, and I have a suspicion that their honorees will come from these ten distinguished directorial debuts in 2020.
By Matt Neglia & Cody Dericks
The 2021 Sundance Film Festival officially kicks off tomorrow evening. One of the year's biggest festivals, it has been the un-official start of the movie year as many films make their premieres at the festival which will then get released throughout the next 12 months (and sometimes even into the following year). A celebration of independent film and new voices, you never know what you're going to get at the festival when you sit down to watch something and this year, despite not being up in the mountains of Utah due to the pandemic, is no different. Cody Dericks and I will be covering the festival this year for Next Best Picture and we have listed below in alphabetical order, the ten films we are most looking forward to at this year's festival.
Click below to check it out.
By Josh Parham
You know it and I know it: 2020 was a year full of challenges. I am not the first person to make this observation, and I guarantee I will not be the last. With such hardships felt throughout all these long months, the great escape is often fleeing into the diverse world of cinema. Of course, that presented its own difficulties when a majority of theaters closed due to safety concerns. It seemed hopeless for some time as release dates got pushed back and highly anticipated titles vanished. However, that was never an invitation to stop seeking out great storytelling being presented, and while this year may have looked very different, there was no shortage of great works to enjoy. You've already seen others give their top ten lists of 2020, and now I'd like to present you mine.
Here are a few honorable mentions: "Black Bear," "Miss Juneteenth," "Promising Young Woman," "Soul" and "The Lodge."
By Daniel Howat
This is where I write the obligatory opening paragraph about how weird and terrible 2020 was. Well, it's true. It was a long, stressful, and bizarre year without the release of seeing movies in theaters (for the most part). And yet, this year was still full of phenomenal films, even without those that were postponed. Watching so many films exclusively at home has its pros and cons, but there was still a great hole in my heart for the theatrical experience. I only went to the movie theater 12 times this year and none of those films made it into my top ten. So many movies this year took on new meaning, perhaps even unintended, as they released into a year so full of chaos, injustice, and unrest. This was a landmark year for the film industry and myself personally in many ways, and I think this list of my ten favorite films of 2020 reflects that. For the record, I’ll be using the Academy’s eligibility rules, accepting films from January 1st, 2020 to March 31st, 2021.
Honorable mentions include: "I Carry You With Me," "The Mauritanian," "First Cow," and "Minari."
By Will Mavity
Long Takes, aka. "One-takes." They're very difficult to accomplish and typically very cool to look at. We entered 2020 watching "1917," a film comprised entirely of long-takes, so perhaps it was fitting that 2020 was a year featuring more films with long-takes in films than almost any I can remember. Some are more essential to the story than others. Some are more dynamic than others. They nearly all stop the film in its tracks, making you wonder, "Wow...I wonder how many takes it took them to do that?" Based on a combination of factors - impact on the film, difficulty of execution, how cool it is to look at, etc.
Here is my ranking of all of 2020's "long-takes" I've seen.
By Amanda Spears
If you're like me, then you're surviving COVID-19 in a city where going to the movie theater is not an option – making television more crucial than ever. Below is my list of the top 10 television series of 2020. To iron out some ground rules, the series must have aired to make the list in its entirety during 2020. For example, this disqualified "The Good Place."
By Kaiya Shunyata
While 2020 has been scarcer than usual regarding the year's film slate, there still have been films that have impacted viewers, whether in theaters when things were still normal or at home when the COVID-19 pandemic arose. Along with these films comes the music that is paired with them. From thunderous synths to a brand new Mitski track, the films of 2020 had some memorable music moments: here are ten of them.
By Danilo Castro
New Year's Eve is a time of change. It's a time of reflection, frustration, and correction. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. Good because it shakes us out of our routine and emboldens us to voice how we truly feel, and bad because it may lead to moments that can be awkward to live down the following day. The best New Year's movies capture this electric feeling. Whether they be tawdry or tragic, the movies that incorporate New Year's into the plot are tapping into an intensity that the rest of the year can't really match.
So, with 2020 firmly in our rearview, we thought it'd be the perfect time to forget all acquaintances and highlight these ten special films. We excluded films that are only tangentially related to New Year's, so gems like "Phantom Thread" (2017) and "The Apartment" (1960) did not crack the list.
Here are the 10 best New Year's Eve films...
By Matt Neglia
What a bizarre year. Who could have ever predicted that 2020, the start of a new decade, would be the year that the movie industry would change forever? Despite starting the year saying that I wanted to watch fewer movies in 2020 than I had in previous years so I could focus on other projects for the website, I still found myself watching over 225 movies thanks to digital screeners and constantly being at home during quarantine. I'm not complaining, though! There were some genuinely great films to be seen in 2020, even if some of my most anticipated of the year got pushed back to 2021. I saw some films in 2020 that were supposed to have release dates this year, which have been moved to 2021 but are still qualifying for the end of the year awards. For this list, I'm not going to get caught up in "the rules" of what makes a 2020 movie vs. what makes a 2021 movie. This is my list of what was (for me) the best films of 2020.
Runners up include: "Another Round," "Dick Johnson Is Dead," "The Dissident," "Quo Vadis, Aida?" & "Wolfwalkers."
By Bianca Garner
An effective horror film won’t simply just use jump scares, gory special effects and men in monster costumes to scare the living daylights out of us. In order to leave the viewer with nightmares, a filmmaker will need to utilize every aspect of the mise-en-scene, from the cinematography to the performances from the actors. We can all agree that film is indeed a visual medium, but it’s important not to overlook the importance of sound and music in filmmaking, especially when it comes to the horror genre. Some of cinema’s most iconic scores belong to horror, whether it be Bernard Herrmann’s shirking violins from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960) or John Carpenter’s score for “Halloween” (1978).
By Danilo Castro
Body horror is a form of cinema that picks at the base of all human fears: physicality. Every living person shudders at the thought of catching an illness, losing mobility, or feeling body parts shut down. These experiences are more disturbing than a serial killer with a hacksaw because they are inescapable. We can never outrun the decomposition of our own mortal form.
These primal fears have been exacerbated by COVID-19. We have never been as keenly aware of our health and the health of others as we are in 2020, which makes the recent body horror flick, “Possessor,” all the more upsetting. Brandon Cronenberg’s sophomore film coincides with the Halloween season, so we decided to put our hazmat suits on and revisit the body horror titles that have left the biggest impression (and the worst scars).
Here are the 10 best body horror films of all time!
By Matt Neglia
2020 started off with a historic moment when "Parasite" won the Oscar for Best Picture and then COVID-19 happened, shutting down movie theaters across the country. As a result, the movies we have received in 2020 have mostly been independents that were going straight to VOD, smaller movies that the studios were willing to release to streaming or the usual studio-fare we get during the January-March time period (which is traditionally the weakest quarter of the year in terms of quality). Despite all of this, the NBP Team managed to compile all of their Top 10 lists into one mega Top 20 list for the best films of 2020 so far as we enter into the second half and hopefully, theaters will eventually re-open.
By Amanda Spears
With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ continued effort to expand the diversity of their membership, they have decided once again to have ten nominees for Best Picture; dropping the rolling scale based on number one votes. What would have been the 10th, and in some cases, the ninth or 10th films nominated? Would it have led to a more diverse set of nominees or just more of the same?
By Lauren LaMagna
As coronavirus continues and the world participates in social activism demanding change, some of us still need a temporary reprieve through the movies. If we're not out protesting in the streets, we're at home looking for the next thing to watch. With social distancing still in effect, you might be running out of movies to watch to entertain yourself. With all the content on a countless amount of streaming services, it can be hard to find what movie speaks to you. The latest 2020 films, classics, streaming service originals, but what about documentaries? Documentaries can highlight history, whether its in the past or if it's happening right now. Here’s a list of ten documentaries on streaming services that you should check out right now.
By Rebecca Daniel
We’re almost at the halfway point of the year. (How did that happen?!) Days have turned to weeks and weeks into months. With June on the horizon, and movie theaters still shut down until (at least) July, the beginning of the summer movie season looks very different in 2020. That doesn’t mean audiences won’t have films to watch this month. Netflix, Hulu, and Video on Demand services are stepping up to make sure there are still movies to kick off the summer movie season. Let’s take a look at what movies will be available to watch at home in June!
By Dan Bayer
Welcome, film lovers! I don’t know about you, but I don’t think my kitchen has ever gotten quite as much of a workout as it has over the past couple of months. And given the rise of community cookbooks and #Instafood posts over that time, it seems like the same is true for quite a lot of people. Some people are in need of the comfort that old family recipes and childhood favorites provide. For others, the mandate to stay at home means that there is finally time to try all those crazy recipes that looked so mouthwatering on “Top Chef” or “The Great British Baking Show”. And for a few, the lack of delivery options means having to figure out what exactly the difference is between a chop and a dice, or how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon. Whatever your level of proficiency in the kitchen, I can guarantee that you will enjoy watching films about food. And it’s not just the impossibly delicious looking meals that you’ll savor, but the heaping portions of emotions that go with them. As always, we’ve restricted the film festival programming to what is available for free on the big three streaming services, so as to make it accessible to as many people as possible.
By Jed Wells
It’s now been one week since the conclusion of ESPN’s "The Last Dance," and while the documentary finished with a cathartic NBA championship, back in the real world there is still a ways to go before the return of the NBA. With professional sports suspended indefinitely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, "The Last Dance" gave sports fans a chance to return to the world of sports. So now, as "The Last Dance" draws to a close, many sports fans are left wondering where and when they can get their next hit of sports. With this in mind, here are five basketball documentaries to fix your "The Last Dance" cravings.
By Casey Lee Clark
One of the few silver linings of our current situation is that many of us have more free time to watch movies. Perhaps finally catch up on films that have long been on our watchlist or recommendations of films we wouldn’t typically gravitate towards. I would be the first person to suggest people go out of their comfort zone to watch a classic or older film, and there are a fair amount of them available on various streaming services if you look hard enough. While there are, of course, more niche film streaming services with plenty of older films available in their catalog (Criterion Channel, Mubi, Shudder, Kanopy, etc.), it can be harder to find more pre-90s films on major streaming services. I raved and recommended the Criterion Channel in my first NBP blog post this time last year, so I will keep my suggestions from them to a minimum (though I do still highly recommend the service and think it has only gotten better). While their catalog does change very frequently, Amazon Prime is probably the best mainstream service to find older classic film gems, either free with Prime or fairly cheap to rent. Netflix’s classic film catalog is fairly slim and rarely can you find films older than 1980, but it varies month to month and you can occasionally find a few good ones.
By Danilo Castro
Tom Hardy is an anomaly. He’s a character actor disguised as a sex symbol and an indie darling with blockbuster credentials. He’s the reluctant superhero and the vengeful super-villain. He’s the everyman and the madman. In an era where Hollywood has all but retired the movie star model, he’s become the heir to fearless leading men like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, and Robert De Niro. No part is too small, and no voice is too strange.
Hardy’s latest film, “Capone,” adds another colorful rogue to his gallery, as he portrays the eponymous gangster at the end of his life. With that in mind, we decided to look back at Hardy’s impressive career and pinpoint his best film performances. Some were left off due to the actor’s limited screen time, so masterful turns in “Inception” (2010) and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011) will have to suffice as honorable mentions.
Here are the 10 performances that made the list...
Nomadland (39) - AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, BOFCA, BSFC, CCA, CFCA, CIC, DFCS, DFWFCA, GFCA, GG, GOTHAM, GWNYFCA, HFCS, IFCA, IFJA, IPA, KCFCC, LEJA, LFCC, LVFCS, MFCA, NDFS, NSFC, NTFCA, OFCS, PFCS, PGA, SEFCA, SFBAFCC, SFCS, StLFCA, TFCA, TIFF, VENICE, VFCC, WAFCA, WFCC
Promising Young Woman (10) - AACTA, COFCA, HCA, KCFCC, MCFCA, NFCS, OAFFC, SCA, SDFCS, WFCC
Minari (7) - AFCA, NCFCA, NYFCO, OFCC, OFTA, PCC, UFCA
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (3) - BFCC, CIC, PFCC
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 (3) - DFCS, HFCS, SAG
Da 5 Bloods (2) - CIC, NBR
First Cow (2) - FFCC, NYFCC
Judas And The Black Messiah (2) - AAFCA, BRA
Another Round - EFA
Bad Boys For Life - NAACP
Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains - ICS
Rocks - BIFA
Small Axe - LAFCA
The United States vs. Billie Holiday - AARP
Chloé Zhao (50) - AACTA, AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, BOFCA, BFCC, BSFC, CCA, CFCA, COFCA, DFCS, DFCS, DFWFCA, DGA, FFCC, GFCA, GG, GWNYFCA, HCA, HFCS, IFCA, IFJA, IPA, KCFCC, LAFCA, LEJA, LVFCS, MFCA, MSFCA, NCFCA, NDFS, NSFC, NTFCA, NYFCC, NYFCO, OAFFC, OFCC, OFCS, OFTA, PCC, PFCC, PFCS, SEFCA, SDFCS, SFBAFCC, SFCS, StLFCA, TFCA, VFCC, WAFCA
Regina King (4) - AAFCA, BFCC, BRA, UFCA
Spike Lee (3) - CIC, HFCS, NBR
Lee Isaac Chung - AFCA
Emerald Fennell - NFCS
Darius Marder - SCA
Steve McQueen - LFCC
Andrew Patterson - GOTHAM
Gina Prince-Bythewood - NAACP
Kelly Reichardt - ICS
Aaron Sorkin - AARP
Thomas Vinterberg - EFA
Remi Weekes - BIFA
Carey Mulligan (27) - AACTA, AFCA, AFCC, CCA, COFCA, DFCS, DFWFCA, GFCA, HCA, HFCS, KCFCC, LAFCA, LEJA, MCFCA, MFCA, NBR, NFCS, NTFCA, NYFCO, OAFFC, OFTA, PCC, PFCS, SCA, SDFCS, StLFCA, WFCC
Frances McDormand (25) - AWFJ, BAFTA, BOFCA, CFCA, DFCS, FFCC, GWNYFCA, HFCS, IFCA, IFJA, IPA, LFCC, LVFCS, NCFCA, NDFS, NSFC, OFCC, OFCS, SEFCA, SFBAFCC, SFCS, TFCA, UFCA, VFCC, WAFCA
Viola Davis (6) - BFCC, BRA, CIC, NAACP, PFCC, SAG
Andra Day (2) - AAFCA, GG
Sidney Flanigan (2) - BSFC, NYFCC
Maria Bakalova - IPA
Paula Beer - EFA
Nicole Beharie - GOTHAM
Sophia Loren - AARP
Rosamund Pike - GG
Wunmi Mosaku - BIFA
Isabel Sandoval - ICS
Chadwick Boseman (28) - AACTA, AAFCA, AWFJ, BFCC, BRA, CCA, CFCA, CIC, DFCS, DFWFCA, GG, IFCA, LAFCA, LEJA, LFCC, MFCA, MSFCA, NAACP, OFTA, PCC, PFCS, SAG, SEFCA, SFBAFCC, StLFCA, VFCC, WAFCA, WFCC
Riz Ahmed (21) - AFCA, AFCC, COFCA, GFCA, GOTHAM, GWNYFCA, HFCS, IPA, KCFCC, LVFCS, NBR, NDFS, NFCS, NYFCO, OAFFC, OFCC, SCA, SDFCS, SFCS, TFCA, UFCA
Delroy Lindo (11) - BOFCA, DFCS, HCA, HFCS, IFJA, MFCA, NCFCA, NSFC, NYFCC, OFCS, PFCC
Anthony Hopkins (6) - AARP, BAFTA, BIFA, BSFC, FFCC, NFCS
Sacha Baron Cohen (2) - GG, IPA
Mads Mikkelsen - EFA
Aditya Modak - ICS
Steven Yeun - NTFCA
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Youn Yuh-jung (34) - AFCA, AWFJ, BAFTA, BFCC, BSFC, COFCA, DFCS, GFCA, GWNYFCA, HCA, IFCA, KCFCC, LAFCA, LEJA, MCFCA, MFCA, NBR, NCFCA, NTFCA, NYFCO, OAFFC, OFCC, OFTA, PCC, PFCS, SAG, SCA, SEFCA, SDFCS, SFBAFCC, SFCS, StLFCA, VFCC, WAFCA
Maria Bakalova (16) - AFCC, BOFCA, CCA, CFCA, CIC, FFCC, HFCS, IFJA, LFCC, MCFCA, NDFS, NSFC, NYFCC, OFCS, TFCA, UFCA
Amanda Seyfried (4) - DFWFCA, IPA, LVFCS, PFCC
Ellen Burstyn (2) - DFCS, NYFCO
Dominque Fishback (2) - AAFCA, BRA
Jodie Foster (2) - AARP, GG
Kosar Ali - BIFA
Sônia Braga - ICS
Glenn Close - NFCS
Olivia Colman - AACTA
Olivia Cooke - HFCS
Phylicia Rashad - NAACP
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Daniel Kaluuya (20) - AAFCA, AFCA, BAFTA, BRA, CCA, DFCS, DFWFCA, GG, LEJA, LVFCS, MFCA, NFCS, OAFFC, OFTA, PCC, PFCS, SAG, SFCS, TFCA, VFCC
Paul Raci (18) - AFCC, BOFCA, BSFC, CFCA, COFCA, FFCC, GFCA, GWNYFCA, HCA, HFCS, IFCA, NBR, NSFC, OFCC, SCA, SDFCS, SFBAFCC, StLFCA
Leslie Odom Jr. (9) - AWFJ, BFCC, HFCS, IFJA, KCFCC, NYFCO, OFCS, UFCA, WAFCA
Sacha Baron Cohen (7) - AACTA, DFCS, MCFCA, NCFCA, NDFS, NTFCA, SEFCA
Chadwick Boseman (5) - CIC, IPA, NAACP, NYFCC, PFCC
Francisco Barreiro - ICS
Demián Bichir - AARP
D’angelou Osei Kissiedu - BIFA
Shaun Parkes - LFCC
Glynn Turman - LAFCA
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Nomadland (20) - AFCA, AWFJ, CCA, CFCA, COFCA, DFCS, GFCA, GWNYFCA, HFCS, IFJA, KCFCC, LFCC, NCFCA, OAFFC, OFCC, OFCS, OFTA, SEFCA, USC, WAFCA
The Father (6) - BAFTA, BIFA, IPA, NFCS, SCA, SDFCS
One Night In Miami (6) - AAFCA, HCA, LEJA, LVFCS, PCC, PFCS
I'm Thinking Of Ending Things (5) - BOFCA, BSFC, FFCC, StLFCA, UFCA
First Cow (4) - DFCS, ICS, PFCC, SFBAFCC
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2) - BFCC, CIC
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - WGA
News Of The World - NBR
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Promising Young Woman (25) - AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, CCA, CIC, COFCA, DFWFCA, GFCA, HCA, HFCS, IPA, KCFCC, LAFCA, MFCA, NDFS, NFCS, NYFCO, OAFFC, OFCC, OFCS, OFTA, SFCS, StLFCA, WAFCA, WGA
Minari (11) - AFCA, BFCC, DFCS, FFCC, LEJA, NBR, NCFCA, SDFCS, SEFCA, SFBAFCC, TFCA
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 (10) - AACTA, AARP, CIC, DFCS, GG, HFCS, MCFCA, PFCS, UFCA, VFCC
Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always (7) - CFCA, GWNYFCA, IFJA, NSFC, NYFCC, OAFFC, WFCC
The Forty-Year-Old-Version (3) - BRA, GOTHAM, NAACP
Another Round - EFA
Bacurau - ICS
Fourteen - GOTHAM
Judas And The Black Messiah - LVFCS
Nomadland (35) - AFCA, AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, BOFCA, BSFC, CCA, CFCA, CIC, COFCA, DFWFCA, GFCA, GWNYFCA, HCA, HFCS, LEJA, LVFCS, MCFCA, MFCA, NBR, NCFCA, NDFS, NSFC, NYFCO, OAFFC, OFCS, OFTA, PFCC, PFCS, SDFCS, SEFCA, SFCS, StLFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
Mank (4) - FFCC, IPA, OFCC, SCA
Tenet (4) - BFCC, HFCS, NFCS, NTFCA
Small Axe (2) - LAFCA, NYFCC
Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains - ICS
First Cow - SFBAFCC
Hidden Away - EFA
I'm Thinking Of Ending Things - PCC
Malcolm & Marie - BRA
Saint Maud - BIFA
The Vast Of Night - KCFCC
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (9) - BAFTA, CCA, CDG, CIC, HFCS, LVFCS, OFTA, PFCS, SFCS
Emma. (3) - CFCA, LEJA, SDFCS
The Personal History Of David Copperfield (2) - HCA, IPA
Hidden Away - EFA
Jingle Jangle - BRA
Misbehaviour - BIFA
Mulan - CDG
Promising Young Woman - CDG
BEST FILM EDITING
Nomadland (10) - AFCA, AWFJ, BOFCA, GWNYFCA, LEJA, NDFS, OFCS, SFBAFCC, SFCS, StLFCA
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 (9) - CCA, CIC, COFCA, HCA, HFCS, IPA, MCFCA, PFCS, UFCA
Sound Of Metal (5) - BAFTA, CCA, LVFCS, MFCA, OFTA
The Father (2) - BIFA, LAFCA
I'm Thinking Of Ending Things (2) - BSFC, CFCA
The Invisible Man (2) - MCFCA, SDFCS
Once More Unto The Breach - EFA
Tenet - WAFCA
The Wasteland - ICS
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (6) - BAFTA, CCA, CIC, HCA, LEJA, MUAHS
Birds Of Prey (2) - MUAHS, OFTA
The Endless Trench - EFA
Mank - HFCS
Misbehaviour - BIFA
Pinocchio - MUAHS
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Soul (33) - AFCA, AFCC, BAFTA, BOFCA, BRA, CCA, CFCA, CIC, COFCA, DFCS, FFCC, GFCA, GG, GWNYFCA, HCA, HFCS, HMMA, LAFCA, LEJA, LVFCS, MFCA, NCFCA, OFCC, OFCS, OFTA, PCC, PFCS, SCL, SFBAFCC, SFCS, StLFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
Tenet (4) - HMMA, IFJA, MCFCA, SCA
Mank (3) - DFWFCA, HFCS, NDFS
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet (2) - HMMA, IFMCA
Minari (2) - BSFC, HMMA
Berlin Alexanderplatz - EFA
Blizzard Of Souls - SCL
The Call Of The Wild - IFMCA
Fukushima 50 - IFMCA
The Invisible Man - HMMA
The Midnight Sky - IPA
News Of The World - HMMA
Nomadland - IFCA
The Personal History Of David Copperfield - IFMCA
Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period Of Time - ICS
Wolfwalkers - IFMCA
Wonder Woman 1984 - IFMCA
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
One Night In Miami (12) - BRA, CCA, CIC, DFCS, GFCA, HFCS, HFCS, IFCA, LEJA, MCFCA, OFTA, PFCS
The Life Ahead (3) - GG, HMMA, IPA
Eurovision (2) - HCA, SCL
Giving Voice - HMMA
Judas And The Black Messiah - LVFCS
The Outpost - HMMA
Over The Moon - NDFS
Trolls: World Tour - HMMA
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Mank (22) - ADG, BAFTA, CCA, CFCA, CIC, FFCC, GFCA, HCA, HFCS, IPA, LAFCA, LVFCS, MCFCA, NDFS, NFCS, OFTA, PFCS, SDFCS, SDSA, SFCS, StLFCA, WAFCA
Tenet (2) - ADG, SDSA
Birds Of Prey - MFCA
Da 5 Bloods - ADG
First Cow - SFBAFCC
His House - BIFA
Jingle Jangle - BRA
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - LEJA
The Personal History Of David Copperfield - EFA
Promising Young Woman - SDSA
A Portuguesa - ICS
Soul - ADG
Sound Of Metal (8) - BAFTA, DFCS, HFCS, ICS, IPA, LEJA, MFCA, OFTA
Little Girl - EFA
The Reason I Jump - BIFA
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Tenet (13) - BAFTA, CCA, DFCS, HFCS, HFCS, IPA, MFCA, NCFCA, NFCS, PFCS, SDFCS, SFCS, StLFCA
The Invisible Man (6) - CFCA, CIC, HCA, LEJA, LVFCS, OFTA
Mank - VES
The Midnight Sky - VES
Mulan - VES
The One And Only Ivan - VES
The Platform - EFA
Possessor - FFCC
Project Power - VES
Soul - VES
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Soul (37) - AAFCA, AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, BFCC, CCA, CIC, DFCS, DFCS, DFWFCA, FFCC, GFCA, GG, HFCS, IFCA, IFJA, LEJA, LVFCS, MSFCA, NAACP, NBR, NCFCA, NDFS, NFCS, NTFCA, NYFCO, OFCC, OFCS, OFTA, PCC, PFCC, PFCS, PGA, SEFCA, SFBAFCC, StLFCA, WAFCA
Wolfwalkers (16) - AFCA, BOFCA, CFCA, COFCA, GWNYFCA, HCA, IPA, KCFCC, LAFCA, MFCA, NYFCC, OAFFC, SDFCS, SFCS, TFCA, UFCA
Josep (2) - EFA, ICS
The Wolf House - BSFC
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
Another Round (18) - AFCC, AWFJ, BAFTA, CFCA, EFA, GFCA, IFJA, KCFCC, LFCC, LVFCS, MCFCA, NCFCA, PFCS, SEFCA, SFBAFCC, StLFCA, UFCA, WAFCA
Minari (14) - AFCA, CCA, COFCA, DFCS, DFWFCA, GG, GWNYFCA, NTFCA, NYFCO, OFCS, OFTA, PCC, SFCS, VFCC
La Llorona (6) - BSFC, HCA, IPA, LEJA, NBR, WFCC
Night Of The Kings (4) - AAFCA, BFCC, BRA, NAACP
Bacurau (3) - BOFCA, NYFCC, TFCA
Collective (2) - AARP, NSFC
The Life Ahead (2) - HFCS, SDFCS
And Then We Danced - NDFS
A Sun - HFCS
Beanpole - LAFCA
His House - CIC
Identifying Features - GOTHAM
Jumbo - PFCC
Los Fuertes - FFCC
Martin Eden - OFCC
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Time (14) - AFCC, BFCC, BRA, DFWFCA, GFCA, GOTHAM, GWNYFCA, LAFCA, NBR, NYFCC, OFTA, PFCC, SDFCS, SEFCA
Collective (10) - BSFC, CEHA, EFA, IPA, LFCC, OAFFC, SFBAFCC, StLFCA, TFCA, VFCC
Dick Johnson Is Dead (9) - CCA, CFCA, COFCA, DFCS, IFCA, IFJA, NCFCA, OFCS, UFCA
Boys State (8) - AFCA, CIC, DFCS, LVFCS, OFCC, PCC, PFCS, WAFCA
All In: The Fight For Democracy (5) - AAFCA, AWFJ, HCA, NDFS, NTFCA
My Octopus Teacher (3) - BAFTA, HFCS, PGA
The Dissident (2) - KCFCC, NFCS
The Painter And The Thief (2) - AWFJ, BOFCA
Beastie Boys Story - HFCS
Class Action Park - HCA
Crip Camp - IDA
The History of the Seattle Mariners: Supercut Edition - SFCS
Mucho Amor - LEJA
John Lewis: Good Trouble - NAACP
The Reason I Jump - BIFA
A Secret Love - AARP
The Social Dilemma - MCFCA
Stuntwomen: The Untold Holywood Story -WFCC
A Thousand Cuts - GOTHAM
The Way I See It - NYFCO
The Year Of The Discovery - ICS
You Don't Nomi - FFCC