Every year, there are movies that are initially released in the prior year that I only see in the current one. Usually it has to do with releasing a film for Academy Award consideration. However, in 2021, things got complicated. They pushed the Oscar presentation back a few months and changed the release date to make a movie eligible.
That messed with my usual plan here, but I still considered movies that were eligible for Oscars last year to be movie for 2020 in this situation.
Another tweak here was that I did the DailyView and there were 2020 movies that I had not watched before included. These movies also fall into this category.
I am doing the top 5 of movies released in 2020 that I watched in 2021.
#5. My Octopus Teacher. A doc that I watched on Netflix in the DailyView. It was a lot of fun.
#4. The Father. An amazing performance from Sir Anthony Hopkins, one that earned him an Academy Award win.
#3. Minari. Featuring Steven Yeun, one of the top foreign language films of the past year.
#2. Nomadland. Chloé Zhao’s Oscar winning effort that included an exceptional performance from Frances McDormand.
#1. One Night in Miami. The story of what happened one night when Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X met in a hotel room in Miami.
Other 2020 films that I considered for this list included: Most Rarely Sometimes Always, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Judas and the Black Messiah and the White Tiger.