The events of 2020 have led to some interesting developments in the world of cinema, from the shuttering of theaters to year-long delays for potential blockbusters to big studio films moving to streaming. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences even pushed their ceremony back to April and extended their qualifying period to the end of February 2021, a decision resulting from knee-jerk panic that seemed to confirm that most members don't pay attention to movies until it gets closer to nomination time. That extension has a lot of us movie-loving writer folk talking amongst ourselves about wether or not to follow suit: when we make our best-of lists, do we go by the 2020 calendar, do we go by the Academy's calendar, do we include festival screenings, how should we consider streaming titles?
Speaking for myself, I have had my Hollmann Awards at the end of January since 2016, and I see no reason to change that. Starting tomorrow, I'm writing up the films I've been watching since September, five a day, weekdays only, running through the 22nd (I did this before, of course, back in August, and you can catch up with my takes on those 65 films by hitting the 2020 tag). Then, of course, my Top Ten on the 25th, nominations the 26th, awards the 28th and 29th.
It begins tomorrow!