2020 Ballot, List Version

* – original nominee that subsequent became a runner-up
^ – runner-up that was originally a nominee
^^ – runner-up that was a nominee and then became a runner-up again
” – film seen after original ballot was posted


  1. Time, dir. Garrett Bradley
  2. Dear Comrades!, dir. Andrei Konachlovsky
  3. Graves Without a Name, dir Rithy Pahn
  4. Ghost Tropic, dir. Bas Devos
  5. The Wild Goose Lake, dir. Diao Yinan
  6. Wolfwalkers, dirs. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart
  7. Dick Johnson is Dead, Kirsten Johnson^
  8. Never Rarely Sometimes Always, dir. Eliza Hittman
  9. Babyteeth, dir. Shannon Murphy
  10. The Wolf House, Cristobal Leon and Joaquin Cocina^

Runners-Up: Martin Eden, David Byrne’s American Utopia, First Cow*, The Assistant, Zombi Child, Welcome to Chechnya, Bloody Nose Empty Pockets*, Ride Your Wave, Lingua Franca, I Carry You With Me, Swallow, La Llorona, Finding Yingyinh.


Runners-Up: Shannon Murphy (Babyteeth), Bas Devos (Ghost Tropic)*, Pietro Marcello (Martin Eden), Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca)^^, Bertrand Bonello (Zombi Child), Kelly Reichardt (First Cow)*, Kitty Green (The Assistant), Oliver Laxe (Fire Will Come), Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart (Wolfwalkers), Spike Lee (David Byrne’s American Utopia), Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), Bill Ross and Turner Ross (Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets)*, Cristobal Leon and Joaquin Cocina (The Wolf House)^^, Matthew Rankin (The Twentieth Century), Jayro Bustamente (La Llorona), Miranda July (Kajillionaire).


  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, dirs. Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  • David Byrne’s American Utopia, dir. Spike Lee
  • Dick Johnson is Dead, dir. Kirsten Johnson
  • Graves Without a Name, dir. Rithy Pahn
  • Time, dir. Garrett Bradley

Runners-Up: Welcome to Chechnya, Collective, Born to Be, Finding Yingying, Rewind, Boys State, Crip Camp, 76 Days.

International Film

  • Days, Taiwan, dir. Tsai Ming-liang
  • Dear Comrades!, Russia, dir. Andrei Konachlovsky
  • Notturno, Italy, dir. Gianfranco Rosi
  • Quo Vadis, Aida?, Bosnia and Herzegovina, dir. Jasmila Zbanic
  • Sweat, dir. Magnus van Horne^”

Runners-Up: Atlantis”, Welcome to Chechnya, Ride Your Wave, Collective, Night of the Kings, Impetigore, Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, Summer of 85, 76 Days, My Little Sister.


  • Jasmine Batchelor, The Surrogate
  • Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth
  • Olivia Colman, The Father
  • Carrie Coon, The Nest
  • Kate Winslet, Ammonite^

Runners-Up: Frances McDormand (Nomadland), Viktoria Miroschnichenko (Beanpole), Vasilina Perelygina (Beanpole), Julia Vysotoskaya (Dear Comrades!), Sidney Flanigan (Never Rarely Sometimes Always), Yeri Han (Minari), Michelle Pfeiffer (French Exit), Aubrey Plaza (Black Bear)*, Haley Bennett (Swallow), Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Hong Chau (Driveways), Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman), Mariko Tsutsui (A Girl Missing), Eliza Scanlan (Babyteeth), Jessie Buckley (i’m thinking of ending things), Kwei Lun-Mei (The Wild Goose Lake), Debbie Honeywood (Sorry We Missed You), Julia Garner (The Assistant), Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca), Kelli O’Sullivan (Saint Frances), Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey), Virginia Efira (Sibyl), Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version), Meryl Streep (Let Them All Talk), Wunmi Mosaku (His House), Darya Zhovner (Closeness), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Evan Rachel Wood (Kajillionaire), Eva Whittaker (Wolfwalkers), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm).


  • Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Brian Dennehy, Driveways^
  • Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
  • Ishii Yuichi, Family Romance, LLC

Runners-Up: Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round)*, Luca Marianelli (Martin Eden), Steven Yeun (Minari), Dan Bierne (The Twentieth Century), Toby Wallace (Babyteeth), Michael Scott Martin (Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets), Orion Lee (First Cow), John Magaro (First Cow), Levan Gelbakhiani (And Then We Danced), Shaun Parks (Mangrove), Sope Dirisu (His House), Jean Dujardin (Deerskin), John Boyega (Red, White, and Blue), Gary Oldman (Mank), Jesse Plemmons (i’m thinking of ending things), Bill Murray (On the Rocks), Kris Hitchens (Sorry We Missed You), Christopher Abbott (Possessor), Eamon Farren (Lingua Franca), Ben Affleck (The Way Back), Jude Law (The Nest).

Supporting Actress

Runners-Up: Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)^^, Valerie Mahaffey (French Exit), Mia Goth (Emma.), Ramona Edith Williams (Saint Frances), Talia Ryder (Never Rarely Sometimes Always), Letitia Wright (Mangrove), Amanda Seyfried (Mank), Sônia Braga (Bacurau), Molly Parker (Pieces of a Woman), Miranda Hart (Emma.), Gina Rodriguez (Kajillionaire), Sandra Hüller (Sibyl), Swankie (Nomadland), Gemma Chan (Let Them All Talk), Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy), Debra Winger (Kajillionaire), Dianne Wiest (Let Them All Talk), Marissa Anita (Impetigore), Allison Brie (Promising Young Woman), Andrea Riseborough (Possessor), Robyn Nevin (Relic), Mikako Ichikawa ( A Girl Missing), Fiona Shaw (Ammonite), Linda May (Nomadland), Olga Dragunovna (Closeness), Lynn Cohen (Lingua Franca), Marsha Stephanie Blake (I’m Your Woman), Denise Gough (The Other Lamb), Jessica Raine (Carmilla), Katiana Milfort (Zombi Child), Christine Hakim (Impetigore).

Supporting Actor

  • Richard Jenkins, (Kajillionaire)^
  • Matthew Macfayden, The Assistant
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Babyteeth
  • Glynn Turman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Ventura, Vitalina Varela^

Runners-Up: Aldis Hodge (One Night in Miami)*, Colman Domingo (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Steve Toussaint (Red, White, and Blue)*, Toby Jones (First Cow), Johnny Flynn (Emma.), Charles Dance (Mank), Paul Raci (Sound of Metal), Udo Kier (Bacurau), Silvio Pereira (Bacurau), Yahya Abdul-Maheen III (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Kendrick Sampson (Miss Juneteenth), Eli Goree (One Night in Miami), David Strathairn (Nomadland), Bob Wells (Nomadland), Robin de Jesús (Boys in the Band), Chadwick Boseman (Da 5 Bloods), Russell Crowe (True History of the Kelly Gang), Nicolas Hoult (True History of the Kelly Gang), Giorgi Tsereteli (And Then We Danced), Arliss Howard (Mank), Sean Bean (Wolfwalkers), Michael Stuhlbarg (Shirley), Michael Benjamin Washington (The Boys in the Band).


  • Babyteeth, Kristy McGregor and Stevie Ray
  • Bloody Nose Empty Pockets, Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross^
  • Minari, Chris Freifhofer, Tori Hartley,  Jenn Rader, and Seth Stuart
  • Nomadland, Nathan Harrison, Hannah Peterson, and Georgia Simon^
  • Saint Frances, Alexis Jade Links, Mickie Paskal, and Jennifer Rudnicke

Runners-Up: Sibyl, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom*, Bacurau*, Let Them All Talk, Mangrove, Emma., Mank, Kajillionaire, The Surrogate, The Twentieth Century, The Assistant, The Father, Sorry We Missed You, True History of the Kelly Gang, She Dies Tomorrow, I’m Your Woman.

Original Screenplay

Runners-Up: Ride Your Wave, The Kid Detective, Swallow, Zombi Child, The Assistant, Wolfwalkers, The Nest, Saint Frances, Kajillionaire, Sibyl, Collective, Bloody Nose Empty Pockets, She Dies Tomorrow, The Twentieth Century, The Forty-Year-Old Version, Fourteen, Lingua Franca, Let Them All Talk, La Llorona, Finding Yingying, Mangrove, Minari, Education, His House, The Surrogate, Black Bear, Night of the Kings, Impetigore, Possessor, Promising Young Woman, Palm Springs, Sorry We Missed You, The Wild Goose Lake, I’m Your Woman.

Adapted Screenplay

  • Babyteeth, Rita Kalnejais
  • The Father, Florian Zeller
  • French Exit, Patrick deWitt
  • i’m thinking of ending things, Charlie Kaufman
  • Martin Eden, Maurizio Braucci & Pietro Marcello^

Runners-Up: First Cow*, The Painted Bird, Emma., Carmilla, The Personal History of David Copperfield.


Runners-Up: Ghost Tropic*, Martin Eden, David Byrne’s American Utopia, Bloody Nose Empty Pockets*, Babyeeth, Ammonite, Bait, Lovers Rock, I Carry You With Me, Song Without a Name, Impetigore, Nomadland, La Llorona, The Nest, And Then We Danced, Lingua Franca, Fire Will Come, The Painted Bird, Da 5 Bloods, Dear Comrades!, Birds of Prey, She Dies Tomorrow, Night of the Kings, Swallow, Zombi Child, So Pretty, The Twentieth Century, On the Rocks, Color Out of Space, Sorry We Missed You, Carmilla.


  • Bait, Mark Jenkin^
  • The Father, Yorgos Lamprinos
  • Sibyl, Laurent Sénéchal
  • Time, Gabriel Rhodes
  • The Wild Goose Lake, Jinlei Kong and Matthieu Laclau

Runners-Up: Rewind*, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, The Painted Bird, Fire Will Come, Zombi Child, The Wild Goose Lake*, Collective, And Them We Danced, Babyteeth, On the Rocks, Lingua Franca, i’m thinking of ending things, Sound of Metal, Night of the Kings, Let Them All Talk, Bloody Nose Empty Pockets, The Nest, David Byrne’s American Utopia, Minari, First Cow, Palm Springs, Finding Yingying, Dear Comrades!, Wolfwalkers, Sorry We Missed You, Nomadland.

Sound Design

Runners-Up: Nomadland^^, The Assistant^^, The Wolf House, Bacurau, Bloody Nose Empty Pockets, Bait, First Cow, Fire Will Come, Zombi Child, Lovers Rock, Impetigore, She Dies Tomorrow, Soul, Possessor, David Byrne’s American Utopia, Birds of Prey, Monster Hunters, The Painted Bird, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Wolfwalkers, Da 5 Bloods, His House, Ghost Tropic, Tenet, So Pretty, Wendy.

Production Design

  • Beanpole, Sergey Ivanov
  • Martin Eden, Roberto De Angelis & Luca Servino
  • The Nest, James Price^
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield, Cristina Cassali & Charlotte Dirickx
  • The Twentieth Century, Danny Boivin

Runners-Up: First Cow*, The Father, News of the World, Birds of Prey, i’m thinking of ending things, Swallow, Emma., Babyteeth, Ammonite, His House, The Wild Goose Lake, Promising Young Woman, Mank, Night of the Kings, Soul, Vitalina Varela, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Zombi Child, Wendy, Impetigore, Wolfwalkers, Shirley.

Costume Design

  • Ammonite, Michael O’Connor^
  • Closeness, Lidiya Kryukova
  • Emma., Alexandra Byrne
  • First Cow, April Napier
  • True History of the Kelly Gang, Alice Babidge

Runners-Up: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom*, Birds of Prey^^, Beanpole, Let Them All Talk, The Twentieth Century, Promising Young Woman, Martin Eden, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Tenet, Lovers Rock, Kajillionaire, Mank, Monster Hunters, The Wild Goose Lake, The Prince, News of the World.


  • Ghost Tropic, Brecht Ameel
  • Kajillionaire, Emile Mosseri
  • Minari, Emile Mosseri
  • Soul, Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  • Zombi Child, Bertrand Bonello

Runners-Up: Tenet, Mank, Da 5 Bloods, Wendy, Color Out of Space, Wolfwalkers, La Llorona, First Cow.

Visual Effects

  • Love & Monsters, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Sloan, & co.
  • Possessor, Derek Luscoumb, Murray Barber, & co.
  • Tenet, Andrew Jackson, Mark Patch, & co.
  • Welcome to Chechnya, Ryan Laney, Eugen Bräunig, & co.
  • The Wolf House, Joaquín Cociña & Cristóbal León

Runners-Up: Monster Hunters, Soul, Onward, The Invisible Man, Wendy, His House, Color Out of Space, Ride Your Wave, Mank, The Twentieth Century.

Makeup & Hairstyling

  • Birds of Prey, Deborah Lamia Denaver, Adruitha Lee, & co.
  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Katy Fray, Lisa Layman, Thomas Kolarek, Kimberly Boyenger and Tyler Ely 
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, & co.
  • Pinocchio, Dalia Colli, Mark Coulier, and Francesco Pegoretti
  • Relic, Angela Conte and Larry Van Duynhoven

Runners-Up: The Twentieth Century, True History of the Kelly Gang, Color Out of Space, Emma., Promising Young Woman, i’m thinking of ending things, Hillbilly Elegy, Monster Hunters, Alex Wheatle, Ammonite, Martin Eden, News of the World, The Personal History of David Copperfield, First Cow.

Films with multiple nominations:

The Wild Goose Lake-5
Never Rarely Sometimes Always-4
Dear Comrades!-3
Dick Johnson is Dead-3
The Father-3
First Cow-3
Ghost Tropic-3
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom-3
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets-2
Graves Without a Name-2
Martin Eden-2
The Nest-2
Saint Frances-2
Sound of Metal-2
True History of the Kelly Gang-2
The Wolf House-2

Best films with no nominations:

76 Days, Born to Be, Collective, Finding Yingying, Fire Will Come, The Forty-Year-Old Version, His House, I Carry You With Me, Impetigore, The Kid Detective, Lingua Franca, Lovers Rock, Mangrove, Mank, Night of the Kings, The Painted Bird, Ride Your Wave, So Pretty, Songs Without a Name, Swallow, Wendy.

Still to see:

12 Hour Shift, A Sun, Bad Education, Better Days, Careless Crime, City Hall, Cuties, Disclosure, Divine Love, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, Farewell Amor, Feels Good Man, Gretel & Hansel, Gunda, The Half of It, The Happiest Season, Happy Old Year, Hope Gap, I’m No Longer Here, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Story, Kill It And Leave This Town, Kindred, The Life Ahead, Luxor, Malmkrog, The Man Who Sold His Skin, The Midnight Sky, Miss Americana, Mulan, No. 7 Cherry Lane, No Hard Feelings, The Old Guard, Over the Moon, The Painter and the Thief, Project Power, The Prom, Proxima, The Rental, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Space Dogs, Swerve, System Crashers, Technoboss, Tommaso, The Truffle Hunters, We Are Little Zombies, What the Constitution Means to Me, The White Tiger, A White White Day, Wonder Woman 1984, Your Bones Your Eyes, Your Name Engraved Herein.

Click here for a list of the 2020 releases I’ve seen!

Other Ballots:

| 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 (pt. 1, pt. 2, pt. 3, pt. 4) |

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