Foreword by Adam Brannon: And just like that, the 2020 Alternative Oscars have drawn to a close. Looking back at an incredible decade of film, myself, Daulton, Jesse, Joe and Emily have picked our favourite films, directors and performances over the last 10 years and let you vote for the ones you feel are most worthy at taking a trophy.
Nearly 1,100 votes were cast this year, throwing up all sorts of surprises in each of the categories available to choose from. Without further ado, let’s announce the winners of this year’s Alternative Oscars.
A hotly contested category which included some incredibly strong films from the last 10 years. The winner continued to change throughout the month, however, one film proved to be massively victorious in the end with a share of votes that came in at 47.2%.
Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (47.2%)
A surprise victory here, although the voting was split three ways with our winner narrowly edging out those in second and third place. Some great scores were chosen for this year’s Alternative Oscars, so it was always going to be difficult to pick a winner.
Winner: La La Land (33%)
Runners up: Inception (29.2%) & Interstellar (22.6%)
Best Special Effects
One film absolutely swept the board in the Best Special Effects category with nearly 50% of the vote, and there’s no doubt to the reasons why. Still being very fresh in the minds of individuals, the MCU is one of the hottest cinema properties in action today.
Winner: Avengers: Endgame (48.1%)
Best Set Piece
There were some great choices for the Best Set Piece award this year. Bringing the very best of multiple genres, this was a hotly contested category with three of the five films being in the running at different points during the voting process.
Winner: MCU Assembles – Avengers: Endgame (36.8%)
Runners up: Opening Chase – Baby Driver (24.5%) & Battle of Hogwarts – Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 (21.7%)
Best Supporting Actor
Right from the outset, one actor had this award in the bag, and I’m so pleased that this was the case. Amassing nearly 50% of the vote, over 500 people voted for the great Alan Rickman to take home the Best Supporting Actor role for his portrayal of Severus Snape in the final Harry Potter film.
Winner: Alan Rickman – Severus Snape (48.1%)
Runners up: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (23.6%) & Woody Harrelson – Edge of Seventeen (17%)
Best Supporting Actress
Only four actresses were nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category this year as two of our team believed that Alicia Vikander was deserving of taking home the trophy for her work in Ex Machina. But was she the resounding winner?
Winner: Lupita Nyong’o – Us (45.3%)
Runners up: Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina (40.6%) & Felicity Jones – A Monster Calls(11.3%)
The Best Director category was the most contested category of the whole event with four of the five nominees being in top position for at least a week during the voting process. In the end, one narrowly edged out the other with a surprise result.
Winner: Taika Waititi (29.2%)
Runners up: Steven Spielberg (25.5%) & Denis Villeneuve (22.6%)
Another category with only four nominees, two of our team thought that Saoirse Ronan should take home the trophy for her incredible body of work over the last decade. However, was this faith enough to see her grasp a win from two more established stars?
Winner: Saoirse Ronan (32.1%)
Runners up: Emily Blunt (30.2%) & Emma Stone (27.4%)
Our final category with only four nominations, two of the team thought that Leonardo DiCaprio was the right guy to take home the Best Actor trophy. Up against stiff competition in Hollywood nice guys, Hugh Jackman and Ryan Gosling, was it enough to see Leo bag an Alternative Oscar?
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio (35.8%)
Runners up: Hugh Jackman (26.4%) & Adam Driver (24.5%)
And our final award for Best Picture goes to in my opinion, the most shocking result since starting the Alternative Oscars. Taking almost a third of the vote, this film swept away the competition to take the most prestigious award of the year, becoming our readers’ favourite film of the last decade from the five movies nominated.
Winner: Get Out (30.2%)
Runners up: Logan (28.3%) & La La Land (20.8%)
And there we have it, the winners of the 2020 Alternative Oscars of the Decade. To say there have been some surprise winners is a little bit of an understatement but after over 1,000 votes, this is a quick rundown of your winners:
- Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (Best Animation)
- La La Land (Best Score)
- Avengers: Endgame (Best Special Effects)
- Avengers: Endgame (Best Set Piece)
- Alan Rickman (Best Supporting Actor)
- Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress)
- Taika Waititi (Best Director)
- Saoirse Ronan (Best Actress)
- Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor)
- Get Out (Best Picture)
Until next year, thanks to everyone who took part!