By John H. Foote

At the end of every calendar year, usually by Christmas, every film of importance has been released in L.A. and N.Y. in order to qualify for Academy Award consideration. Through the years some films have even missed those all important critics and guild awards because they remained unseen, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) the most recent.

This year given the pandemic again raging around the globe, currently decimating California, the year’s cutoff date has been extended to February 28, 2021. So the end of the film year 2020 is not December 31, 2020, but February 28 of the new year. This is being done so the studios – large, small or streaming – can get their awards worthy films seen, to catch up as much as possible on the month’s films were shut down.

In addition, we already know the films made specifically for streaming services have been invited to the part and they will be permitted to qualify for the Oscars. At this writing I expect Netflix to dominate the nominations as they did last year with The Irishman, Marriage Story and The Two Popes. This year among the Best Picture nominees could be Da Five Bloods, Spike Lee’s daring study of a group of black men returning to the jungles of Vietnam where they fought 40 to 50 years ago. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is beautifully crafted, as is the brilliant, soul filled Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, both likely nominees along with Mank which is set during the Golden Age of Hollywood when movies were struggling to be a significant art form. Still to be released is George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky, which is among the year’s best films, while the overwrought Hillbilly Elegy might convince voters its shrillness is authentic and worthy of attention.

And that takes us to the end of 2020.

Then there is January and February for 59 days, so things are far from over. 2020 will officially end for film in April at the Oscars, the curtain closing on film as we have known it since those first Nickelodeons in the early part of the 20th century.

From now to February 28, it is going to be an awards season unlike any we have experienced.

Hold on….

1 Comment

  • Marith
    On December 9, 2020 4:34 am 0Likes

    There is a great actor ho never wone an Oscar and that’s Cary Grant.For two movies he was nominated: penny serenade and none but the lonely hart.He had to deserve an Oscar for it….. and there were a few other movies were he should win a Oscar for. A great actor ho coulth play drama and comedy. He played with a lot off feelings, This was not only a man beautiful on the out side but very beautiful on the inside too……. I hear that why he didn’t get an Oscar is that he was one of the first ho was not by a great studio but he did it on his online. They missed it when they give him therefor no Oscar. He deserved it…….!!! ????

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