2021 Golden Shrimp Award Nominations

WINNERS will be announced on Oscar Night, here is my salute to the best, worst and most ridiculous movies of the 2020 Oscar Season.

Best First Film

The AssistantKitty Green

The FatherFlorian Zeller

The Kid DetectiveEvan Morgan

ShithouseCooper Raiff

Sound of MetalDarius Marder


Best Supporting Actor

Leslie Odom, Jr. for One Night in Miami

Shaun Parkes for Mangrove

Will Patton for Minari

Paul Raci for Sound of Metal

David Straithirn for Nomadland

Glynn Turman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


Worst Supporting Actor

Kelsey Grammer for Money Plane

Thomas Jane for Money Plane

Matthew Lawrence for Money Plane

Rami Malek for The Little Things

Danny Trejo for American Pie Presents Girls’ Rules

Christopher Walken for Wild Mountain Thyme


Best Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman for The Father

Dominique Fishback for Judas and the Black Messiah

Gina Rodriguez for Kajillionaire

Amanda Seyfried for Mank

Letitia Wright for Mangrove

Youn Yuh-jung for Minari


Worst Supporting Actress

Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy

Jackie Cruz for Tremors 7: Shrieker Island

Denise Richards for Money Plane

Sara Rue for American Pie Presents Girls’ Rules

Gabourney Sidibe for Antebellum

Maddie Ziegler for Music


Best Costume Design

Emma Alexandra Byrne

Lovers Rock Jacqueline Durran

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Ann Roth

MankTrish Summerville

The Vast of Night Jamie Reed


Best Production Design

The Father Peter Francis

First CowAnthony Gasparro, Lisa Ward, Vanessa Knoll

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Mark Ricker, James F. Truesdale, Wes Hottman, Karen O’Hara, Diana Stoughton, Travis Kerr

Mank Donald Graham Burt, Dan Webster, Chris Cain, Hogan Lee, Jan Pascale

The Vast of Night Adam Dietrich, Jonathon Rudak, Tyler Corie


Most Awkward Dinner

The Father – “Chicken Twice”

I’m Thinking of Ending Things – “Meet the Parents Time Jump”

Kajillionaire – “Birthday Dinner”

The Nest – “Company Dinner”

Promising Young Woman – “My Parents Wanted Me to Be a DJ.”


Best Sound

Lovers Rock


Sound of Metal


The Vast of Night


Best Adapted Screenplay

Emma Eleanor Catton

The FatherChristopher Hampton

First Cow Kelly Reichardt, Jonathon Raymond

I’m Thinking of Ending Things Charlie Kaufman

One Night in Miami Kemp Powers


Best Original Screenplay

The Assistant Kitty Green

The Kid Detective Evan Morgan

Minari Lee Issac Chung

Never Rarely Sometimes Always Eliza Hittman

The Nest Sean Durkin

Soul Pete Docter, Kemp Powers, Mike Jones

Sound of Metal Derek Cianfrance, Darius Marder, Abraham Marder


Worst Screenplay

American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules Blayne Weaver, David H. Steinberg

Hillbilly ElegyVanessa Taylor

The Lie Veena Sud, Marcus Seibert, Sebastian Ko

Money Plane Andrew Lawrence, Richard Switzer, Tyler W. Konney, Tim Schaff

Music Sia, Dallas Clayton

Wild Mountain Thyme John Patrick Shanley


Worst Dialogue

Hillbilly Elegy – “Everyone in this world is one of three kinds: a good terminator, a bad terminator and neutral.” – Glenn Close on why she’s seen Terminator 2: Judgement Day over 100 times

Money Plane – “The money plane has you covered. You want to bet on a dude fucking an alligator … Money Plane.” – Kelsey Grammer trying to convince Edge to rob the Money Plane

Money Plane – “Are you really fucking with me right now? Are you fucking with me? I don’t give a fuck who’s on that plane! I’m the baddest motherfucker on the planet! I am Darius Grouch III, The Rumble, and I am taking down the Money Plane! [slams hand on table with each punctuation] Now BRING! ME! MY! MONEY! – Kelsey Grammer right before he’s shot 784 times.

Music – “I don’t care about AIDS!” – Drunk Kate Hudson trying to fuck the HIV-positive neighbor.

Wild Mountain Thyme – “I think I’m a bumblebee.” – Jamie Dornan, in complete earnestness, when asked by frustrated crush, Emily Blunt, what’s he so afraid of.


Best Film Editing

The Father Yorgos Lamprinos

First Cow Kelly Reichardt

Lovers RockChris Dickens, Steve McQueen

Sound of Metal Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

Tenet Jennifer Lame


Best Cinematography

First Cow Christopher Blauvelt

Lovers Rock Shabier Kirchner

Mank Erik Messerschmidt

Minari Lachlan Milne

The Nest Matyas Erdely

Nomadland Joshua James Richards


Best Original Score

Da 5 Bloods Terence Blanchard

First Cow William Tyler

Mank Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Minari Emile Mosseri

Soul Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross


Best Ensemble Cast

The Father Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Anthony Hopkins, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams

Kajillionaire Richard Jenkins, Gina Rodriguez, Debra Winger, Evan Rachel Wood

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Chadwick Boseman, Dusan Brown, Jonny Coyne, Viola Davis, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige, Michael Potts, Jeremy Shamos, Glynn Turman

Mangrove Darren Braithwaite, Richard Cordery, Duane Facey-Peason, Jumayn Hunter, Alex Jennings, Malachi Kirby, Nathaniel Martello-White, Shaun Parkes, Rochenda Sandall, Sam Spruell, Letitia Wright

Minari Noel Kate Cho, Kim Ha-Re, Alan Kim, Will Patton, Steven Yeun, Youn Yu-jung

One Night in Miami Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom, Jr.


Best Performance in a Bad Movie

Jane Adams for She Dies Tomorrow

John Carroll Lynch for The Trial of the Chicago 7

Janelle Monae for Antebellum

Robert Pattinson for The Devil All the Time

Rosamund Pike for I Care A Lot

Andrea Riseborough for The Grudge


Shittiest Boyfriend

Christopher Abbot for Black Bear

Bo Burnham for Promising Young Woman

Charles Dance for Mank

Oliver Jackson-Cohen for The Invisible Man

Jesse Plemmons for I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Dan Stevens for The Rental


Worst Performance by a Trial of the Chicago 7 Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman

Frank Langella as Judge Cranky Pants

Joseph Gordon Levitt as Young Republican, Probably Gay

Eddie Redmayne as The Human Equivalent of Watery Mashed Potatoes

Jeremy Strong as Jerry Garcia

Frank Langella’s Gavel as The Gavel that Practically Break Dances Out of Frank’s Hands During the Climax


Made Me Want to Go There

Da 5 Bloods – Vietnam

First Cow – Oregon

The Kid Detective – Canada

Money Plane – An Airplane Casino That’s Actually Just a Storage Shed with Purple Curtains Hung Up

Weathering With You – Animated Japan World


Thanks for Reminding Me, I Miss It

Another Round – Getting Drunk with Friends at Fancy Restaurants Was Once a Thing

Black Bear – Being on Film Sets Were Once a Thing

Lovers Rock – House Parties Were Once a Thing

Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Nomadland – Road Trips Were Once A Thing Minus Abortions and Dead Husbands

Soul – Live Jazz Music Was Once a Thing


Best Lead Actor

Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins for The Father

Daniel Kaaluya for Judas and the Black Messiah

Jude Law for The Nest

Delroy Lindo for Da 5 Bloods

Lakeith Stanfield for Judas and the Black Messiah

Steven Yeun for Minari


Worst Lead Actor

Steven “Edge” Copeland for Money Plane

James Corden for Prom

Pete Davidson for Big Time Adolescence

Pete Davidson for The King of Staten Island

Martin Lawrence for Bad Boys For Life

Denzel Washington for The Little Things


Best Lead Actress

Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Carrie Coon for The Nest

Viola Davis for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Julia Garner for The Assistant

Sidney Flanigan for Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Han Ye-ri for Minari

Frances McDormand for Nomadland

Aubrey Plaza for Black Bear


Worst Lead Actress

Amy Adams for Hillbilly Elegy

Lizze Broadway for American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules

Piper Curda for American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules

Gal Gadot for Wonder Woman 1984

Kate Hudson for Music

Meryl Streep for Prom


Best International Film

Bacurau – Brazil

Relic – Australia

Weathering With You – Japan


Best Director

Lee Issac Chung for Minari

Sean Durkin for The Nest

Rose Glass for Saint Maud

Steve McQueen for Lovers Rock

Kelly Reichardt for First Cow

Chloe Zao for Nomadland


Worst Director

Mike Elliot for American Pie Presents Girl’s Rules

Ron Howard for Hillbilly Elegy

Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman 1984

Andrew Lawrence for Money Plane

Don Michael Paul for Tremors 7: Shrieker Island

Sia for Music


Best Picture

The Father

First Cow

Lovers Rock



The Nest

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Palm Springs


Sound of Metal


Worst Picture

American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules


The Grudge

Hillbilly Elegy

The Lie

Money Plane



Tremors 7: Shrieker Island

Wild Mountain Thyme


Most Overrated

Another Round

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm



Promising Young Woman



Most Underrated

Black Bear


The Kid Detective

The Nest




WINNERS to be ANNOUNCED on Oscar Night. Let me know YOUR favorites!

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