The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics announced their picks for best of 2020 yesterday. I’m sad to say that they picked the exact same winners that all the other critics groups are picking. I mean, seriously, DFW — we’re supposed to be the individualists and the contrarians! We’re supposed to be the ones who say, “We’re going to honor whoever we want and if you folks up north don’t like it, tough!” Where’s that independent spirit?
In other words — where’s the love for Money Plane!? I keep waiting for one of these critics groups to have the courage to honor one of the best films of the year. They don’t even have to name it best picture. How about Kelsey Grammer for best supporting actor. “I am the Rumble!” Who else could have delivered that line as skillfully? But, so far, none of the regional groups have had the guts. As a result, both the Golden Globes and SAG ignored Money Plane. I’m starting think that the Oscars might do the same thing. Sometimes, the best films go unhonered and that could happen here. “We’re going to rob the money plane!” That’s a line that will never be forgotten.
Oh well. I am happy that Carey Mulligan won best actress. I haven’t watched Judas and the Black Messiah yet but Daniel Kaluuya is really coming on strong here in the home stretch so I’m going to guess that he’ll soon be picking up his second Oscar nomination. Even if Money Plane is being snubbed, it’s still interesting to watch momentum for a performance build in real time.
Here are the winners from my hometown:
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas And The Black Messiah
Best Supporting Actress
Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Chloe Zhao – Nomadland
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Film
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Joshua James Richards – Nomadland
Best Musical Score
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Mank
The Russell Smith Award (Independent Film)