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  • Writer's pictureKaveh Jalinous

The 2020 KavehJAwards - Nominations

Highlighting the best films of the year, and some of the worst as well. Full winners, as well as runner-ups, will be posted on December 25, 2020.

Best Picture

Minari (pictured above)


Never Rarely Sometimes Always

First Cow

Sound of Metal

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Mangrove [Small Axe]

Lovers Rock [Small Axe]


Bad Education


Da 5 Bloods

The Vast of Night


Best Actress, Leading Role

Jessie Buckley, I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Aubrey Plaza, Black Bear

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version

Catherine Deneuve, The Truth

Elisabeth Moss, Shirley/The Invisible Man

Dylan Gelula, Shithouse

Cristin Milioti, Palm Springs

Han Ye-ri, Minari

Letitia Wright, Mangrove

Best Actor, Leading Role

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night In Miami

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods

John Magaro, First Cow

Cooper Raiff, Shithouse

Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Shaun Parkes, Mangrove

Best Actress, Supporting Role

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Talia Ryder, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Olivia Cooke, Sound of Metal

Toni Collette, I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Olivia Coleman, The Father

Allison Janney, Bad Education

Swankie, Nomadland

Odessa Young, Shirley

Juliette Binoche, The Truth

Best Actor, Supporting Role

Leslie Odom Jr., One Night In Miami

Bill Murray, On The Rocks

David Strathairn, Nomadland

Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Orion Lee, First Cow

Brian Dennehy, Driveways

Michael Stuhlbarg, Shirley

Arliss Howard, Mank

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Alan S. Kim, Minari

Best Ensemble Cast (Film Titles Mentioned Only)

Bad Education




Get Duked!

Black Bear

Sound of Metal



One Night In Miami

Best Foreign Film


A White, White Day

House of Hummingbird

We Are Little Zombies

The Whistlers

The Truth

I'm No Longer Here

Best Director

Kelly Reichardt, First Cow

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Andrew Patterson, The Vast of Night

Darius Marder, Sound of Metal

Spike Lee, David Byrne's American Utopia/Da 5 Bloods

Charlie Kaufman, I'm Thinking of Ending Things

David Fincher, Mank

Steve McQueen, Small Axe (Lovers Rock/Mangrove/Education/Red, White & Blue/Alex Wheatle)

Best Screenplay, Original

Shithouse, Cooper Raiff

The Forty-Year-Old Version, Radha Blank

Minari, Lee Isaac Chung

Mank, Jack Fincher

Palm Springs, Andy Siara

Get Duked!, Ninian Doff, Alice Lowe, and Eddie Izzard

Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Eliza Hittman

Sound of Metal, Abraham Marder and Darius Marder

Best Screenplay, Adapted

Nomadland, Chloé Zhao

First Cow, Kelly Reichardt

I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Charlie Kaufman

The Father, Florian Zeller

Bad Education, Cory Finley

Best Animated Feature




Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against The Universe

Best Documentary

Boys State


Feels Good Man

David Byrne's American Utopia

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Dick Johnson Is Dead

76 Days

City Hall

The Truffle Hunters

On The Record

Best Original Score

Mank, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Minari, Emile Mosseri

Da 5 Bloods, Terrence Blanchard

Tenet, Ludwig Görranson

The Vast of Night, Erick Alexander and Jared Bulmer

Best Original Song

"Speak Now", Leslie Odom Jr., One Night In Miami

"Turntables", Janelle Monae, All In: The Fight for Democracy

"Only The Young", Taylor Swift, Miss Americana

Best Editing

Sound of Metal


I'm Thinking of Ending Things



Best Sound Design/Editing

Sound of Metal


The Invisible Man

The Vast of Night

The Forty-Year-Old Version

Best Visual Effects



The Invisible Man

Wonder Woman 1984

Best Feel-Good Flick

Palm Springs

The Forty-Year-Old Version

On The Rocks


Happiest Season

Get Duked!

Defining Cinema Award (Awarded to the film that I believe will be the most impactful on the world of cinema)

Sound of Metal


The Forty-Year-Old Version

Lovers Rock

Palm Springs

Worst Film

The Turning



The Kissing Booth 2

Brahms: The Boy 2

The Grudge

The Wrong Missy

The Binge

Artemis Fowl

The Last Days of American Crime



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