Awards Season 2020—2021

Welcome to the 2020–2021 motion picture awards season, where we keep track of the major feature film and feature documentary winners throughout the year.

We include several big festival prizes from Sundance, the Berlinale, Cannes, Venice, Toronto and London. Then we roll on into the business end of the year, from November through until the 93rd Academy Awards (which are delayed to April 25, 2021 due to Covid-19). We include major guilds, significant critics associations, select international awards, and several popular awards–e.g. E! People’s Choice–because people are people, too.

The list is ranked by each film’s weighted average rating (highest first). Read the notes for award specifics. We create separate Letterboxd lists for the biggest categories at the biggest events…

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  • I May Destroy You
  • Watchmen
  • Minari
  • Small Axe
  • Nomadland
  • Soul
  • Wolfwalkers
  • Sound of Metal
  • Bacurau
  • The Father
  • Little Girl
  • Collective
  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
  • Boys State
  • Another Round
  • Welcome to Chechnya
  • Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • The Wolf House
  • Dick Johnson Is Dead
  • Time
  • Feels Good Man
  • First Cow
  • The Mole Agent
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Identifying Features
  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
  • The Reason I Jump
  • Nine Days
  • Les Misérables
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • One Night in Miami...
  • The Forty-Year-Old Version
  • The Painter and the Thief
  • Inconvenient Indian
  • The Endless Trench
  • Josep
  • Beanpole
  • Giving Voice
  • Bad Education
  • Nasir
  • A Thousand Cuts
  • Saudi Runaway
  • Acasă, My Home
  • Possessor
  • The Fight
  • The Disciple
  • Softie
  • The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
  • Emma.
  • One in a Thousand
  • Landfall
  • I Carry You with Me
  • Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • The Woman Who Ran
  • The Invisible Man
  • Universe
  • Beasts Clawing at Straws
  • Five Years North
  • The Strong Ones
  • Pieces of a Woman
  • Beans
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz
  • Miss Juneteenth
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • Fourteen
  • There Is No Evil
  • The Vast of Night
  • Undine
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • Mank
  • Her Socialist Smile
  • Charm City Kings
  • Epicentro
  • Hidden Away
  • You Don't Nomi
  • The Apollo
  • La llorona
  • La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla
  • Shirley
  • The Cloud in Her Room
  • Last Days of Spring
  • Beginning
  • Bad Tales
  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Once More Unto the Breach
  • The Big Hit
  • The Wasteland
  • DAU. Natasha
  • The Platform
  • Wildfire
  • Any Crybabies Around?
  • Slow Singing
  • Yalda
  • Wife of a Spy
  • Our Father
  • Surge
  • Encounters