What I Voted For | Buffa’s 2020 St. Louis Film Critics Association award ballot

Good evening, everyone. It’s a new dawn and a new day, and there’s a lot of work to be done. But before we place 2020 in the trunk for good, let’s look back at the year in film one last time here. For the first time in my four years of voting in the St. Louis Film Critics Association, I will present my entire ballot. Top to bottom. Best actor, best actress, screenplay, costume design, score, scene, and best soundtrack. I will tell you what moved me, what stayed with me, and what was great.

Without much filler or more delay, here it is.

Best Film

1-The Way Back

2-Another Round

3-Da 5 Bloods

4-The Climb

5-Palm Springs

Best Director

1-Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods

2-Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

3-Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

4-Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

5-Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round

Best Actor

1-Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods

2-Anthony Hopkins, The Father

3-Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

4-Ben Affleck, The Way Back

5-Mads Mikkelson, Another Round

Best Actress

1-Frances McDormand, Nomadland

2-Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

3-Carrie Coon, The Nest

4-Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

5-Sophia Loren, The Life Ahead

Best Supporting Actor

1-Mark Rylance, The Trial of the Chicago 7

2-Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

3-Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

4-Aldis Hodge, One Night in Miami

5-Caleb Landry Jones, The Outpost

Best Supporting Actress

1-Yuh-jung Youn, Minari

2-Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of a Woman

3-Swankie, Nomadland

4-Olivia Cooke, Sound of Metal

5-Marisa Tomei, The King of Staten Island

Best Original Screenplay

1-The Climb

2-Promising Young Woman

3-The Trial of the Chicago 7

4-Da 5 Bloods

5-The Nest

Best Adapted Screenplay

1-One Night in Miami


3-Pieces of a Woman

4-The Father

5-News of the World

Intermission: Get up, stretch, grab a drink, change the laundry over, and settle back in.

Best Cinematography

1-Promising Young Woman


3-The Midnight Sky

4-The Outpost

5-Da 5 Bloods

Best Editing


2-Sound of Metal

3-Promising Young Woman

4-The Climb

5-The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Production Design


2-Promising Young Woman


4-The Midnight Sky


Best Music Score

1-Maybe Next Year





Best Soundtrack

1-Promising Young Woman

2-I’m Your Woman

3-Birds of Prey

4-Da 5 Bloods

5-One Night in Miami

Best Visual Effects

1-The Invisible Man



4-Words on Bathroom Walls

5-Birds of Prey

Best Scene

1-The Invisible Woman/dinner table throat slice

2-Da 5 Bloods/landmine save

3-Another Round/Martin’s dance

4-Promising Young Woman/the final reveal

5-The Climb/opening bike sequence

Best Ass

1-5: Captain America

Best Action Film



3-The Outpost

4-The Old Guard

5-The Gentlemen

Best Animated Film



3-The Willoughbys


5-Over the Moon

Best Comedy

1-The Climb

2-Palm Springs

3-The King of Staten Island

4-Standing Up, Falling Down

5-The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Documentary

1-Athlete A


3-Maybe Next Year

4-Totally Under Control

5-The Social Dilemma

Best Foreign Language Film

1-Another Round


3-The Life Ahead

4-The Decline


Best Horror Film

1-The Dark and the Wicked

2-The Invisible Man



5-Possessor Uncut

Worst Film



3-Like a Boss

4-The War with Grandpa

5-The New Mutants

Next up, the Critics Choice Association ballot!

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