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The First Annual Awards Radar Awards (Part Three): The Big Finish!

Awards Radar Awards

Ladies and gentlemen, the First Annual Awards Radar Awards have come to a close. For part three of this awards series (part one is here and part two is here), we’re handing out our prizes in a multitude of categories. I already revealed my Actor and Actress of year, as well as my Top Ten list. Now, you’ll find out my picks for Best Director, Best Animated Feature, and so on. Consider this a bow on 2020. I know I’m not alone when I say bring on 2021, so let’s get this started. Look for more discussion of these winners on an upcoming Awards Radar podcast episode, but right now, it’s time to hand out some prizes…

Without further adieu, the full list of the First Annual Awards Radar Awards is here. Behold:

Best Picture

Carey Mulligan (front) stars as “Cassie” and Bo Burnham (back) stars as “Ryan“ in director Emerald Fennell’s PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, a Focus Features release. Credit : Merie Weismiller Wallace / Focus Features

The King of Staten Island

Never Rarely Sometimes Always – Runner Up

Promising Young Woman – Winner


The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Way Back

Best Director

Emerald Fennell

Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman – Winner

David Fincher for Mank – Runner Up

Eliza Hittman for Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Spike Lee for Da 5 Bloods

Rod Lurie for The Outpost

Leigh Whannell for The Invisible Man

Best Actor

Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck for The Way Back – Winner

Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Runner Up

Bruce Dern for The Artist’s Wife

Anthony Hopkins for The Father

Delroy Lindo for Da 5 Bloods

Best Actress

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Cinematography by Hélène Louvart

Zoey Deutch for Buffaloed

Sidney Flanigan for Never Rarely Sometimes Always – Winner

Vanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman

Cristin Milioti for Palm Springs

Elisabeth Moss for The Invisible Man

Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman – Runner Up

Best Supporting Actor


Yahya Abdul Mateen II for The Trial of the Chicago 7

Bill Burr for The King of Staten Island

Caleb Landry Jones for The Outpost

Bill Murray for On the Rocks – Runner Up

Mark Rylance for The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Winner

J.K. Simmons for Palm Springs

Best Supporting Actress

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Cinematography by Hélène Louvart

Judy Greer for Buffaloed

Zoe Kazan for The Kindness of Strangers

Liana Liberato for Banana Split

Talia Ryder for Never Rarely Sometimes Always – Winner

Sadie Scott for Crshd

Amanda Seyfried for Mank – Runner Up

Best Adapted Screenplay

Brian Duffield

i’m thinking of ending things (Charlie Kaufman)

The Mauritanian (Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani)

Nomadland (Chloe Zhao)

One Night in Miami… (Kemp Powers) – Runner Up

The Outpost (Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy)

Spontaneous (Brian Duffield) – Winner

Best Original Screenplay

“Promising Young Woman”

Banana Split (Hannah Marks, Joey Power)

The King of Staten Island (Judd Apatow, Pete Davidson, Dave Sirus)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hittman) – Runner Up

Palm Springs (Andy Siara)

Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell) – Winner

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Ensemble

The Trial of the Chicago 7. Kelvin Harrison Jr as Fred Hampton, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale, Mark Rylance as William Kunstler, Aaron Sorkin as Writer / Director, Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden in The Trial of the Chicago 7. Cr. Niko Tavernise/NETFLIX © 2020

Da 5 Bloods

The King of Staten Island


One Night in Miami… – Runner Up

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Winner

Best Animated Feature

Courtesy of Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Onward – Runner Up

Over the Moon


Soul – Winner

The Willoughbys


Best Documentary Feature

Courtesy of Apple TV+

Boys State

Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You – Winner

Dick Johnson is Dead

Jimmy Carter: Rock n’ Roll President

Totally Under Control

The Way I See It – Runner Up

Best International Feature

Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

Another Round – Runner Up


Bacurau – Winner

The Life Ahead

The Whistlers

Zombi Child

Best Production Design

Mank (2020) – Courtesy of Netflix

Birds of Prey

i’m thinking of ending things

Mank – Winner

The Midnight Sky

The Outpost

Tenet – Runner Up

Best Cinematography


Da 5 Bloods – Runner Up

Mank – Winner

Never Rarely Sometimes Always


The Outpost

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Costume Design

“Mank” (2020) Courtesy of Netflix


Da 5 Bloods

Mank – Winner

The Outpost

The Prom – Runner Up

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Film Editing

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Never Rarely Sometimes Always

The Outpost

Promising Young Woman

Tenet – Winner

The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Runner Up

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Courtesy of Amazon Studios

Birds of Prey

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Winner

Da 5 Bloods

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


Possessor – Runner Up

Best Sound

Warner Bros.

Da 5 Bloods


The Outpost


Sound of Metal – Runner Up

Tenet – Winner

Best Original Score


Mank – Runner Up

Soul – Winner


The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Way Back


Best Original Song


All Together Now (Feels Like Home) – Winner

Eurovision Song Contest (Jaja Ding Dong)

Miss Americana (Only the Young) – Runner Up

The Outpost (Everybody’s Cries)

The Prom (Wear Your Crown)

Promising Young Woman (Come and Play With Me)

Best Visual Effects

Warner Bros. Pictures

The Invisible Man


The Midnight Sky – Runner Up


Tenet – Winner

Wonder Woman 1984

Congratulations to all of the winners of the First Annual Awards Radar Awards!


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  1. Well, well, well… if it isn’t Mister Lone Director. In a way, these awards have a leg up on the Oscars because I know for absolute certain that 100% of the ‘voters’ have actually seen 300+ films this year. Its nice to know that these picks actually reflect what most of 2020 in film has to offer, even if it is only one person’s opinion.

    Anyways, I was counting on you to get that Caleb Landry Jones nod in there, and you didn’t disappoint. The Sidney Flanigan win was expected but excellent; the Talia Ryder win was not expected yet equally excellent. Reznor and Ross getting the win AND runner-up in Original Score is quite amusing, and I’ll certainly take those two runner-up mentions for One Night in Miami. Without any amount of snark (which I will reserve for the Tenet wins in certain categories), I’m not sure I understand where the Visual Effects nod for Mank comes from, and I’m curious what the rationale is there. Overall, very good picks.

    • Thanks! Mank in Visual Effects was mostly due to a dearth of quality contenders and my assumption that it being Fincher, there’s some subtle effects work in the background.

  2. After getting to that point in the techs where The Outpost was getting nominated for absolutely everything (9 nominations!!!) I was just a little surprised to see Mank and Mulan get in over it. I wondered if that was maybe a result of that one helicopter near the end looking a little suspect.

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