The 2020 Star of the Year was difficult to determine because 2020 was such a dump fire of a year. So much happened that I felt like it sorely limited the potential choices.
I started brainstorming a list of possible choices but none of them felt right. I’ll address those in the runners-up list. Finally, the idea popped into my head and it fit perfectly. It was not unprecedented that the “Star of the Year” was not an individual person. A few years back I gave the Star of the Year to Marvel Studios (ironically, Marvel Studios did not release a movie or TV show in 2020) so I knew this was going to work.
Previous Winners: Gal Gadot, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lawrence, Marvel Studios, J.J. Abrams, Josh Brolin, Damon Lindelof & Regina King
What, then, was the Star of the Year for 2020? What was something so vital and so important to us in the months of isolation and quarantine? And what came through with its best year of movie entertainment ever?
Yes, The Star of the Year is Netflix!
Not only did Netflix have amazing binge-worthy series such as The Crown, including something for everyone, not only did they have tremendous documentaries like The Social Dilemma that were both chilling and sometimes hard to watch, not only did it give the world a true pop culture iconic show with Tiger King that everyone talked about, but it also provided us with some of the best movies of the year. These include, among plenty of others, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, Adam Sandler’s Hubie Halloween, the comic adaption of The Old Guard, Chris Hemsworth starring in Extraction, and the upcoming final performance in the career of Chadwick Boseman with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
This is just a few examples of the content dropped on Netflix in 2020. This streaming service played such a major part in keeping us sane and entertained as the world went to crap around us. Netflix provided an outlet that made the world not feel like it was collapsing in on us. The nightmares of the real world were kept at bay as we blamed Carol for killing her husband or watched as the game was afoot with Enola Holmes or laughed along with Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as they tried to prove that they were not involved with a murder in Lovebirds.
All this and the streaming service did not even have Stranger Things this year. 2020 is clearly a highlight for Netflix and, with all the more streaming services nipping at their heels, Netflix truly came to play.
Runners-Up: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, President-Elect Joe Biden, Late Night Talk Show Hosts, Baby Yoda, Joe Exotic and Carol Baskin, Roman Reigns.