Active Spectator Film Awards 2019/2020 – Shortlist

Hello Ladies and Gentleman, and welcome to the first and (currently) most popular Active Spectator Film Awards ever! We’ve comprised a list of the 2019/20 film releases that we think deserve recognition for their brilliant addition to the world of cinema. Have a look and see what we believed was worthy of celebration from an excellent year for film, and check back in a weeks’ time (Sunday the 16th) when we’ll be sharing the winners for each category, as well as little bit of reasoning for why we think they deserved the top prize.

The nominations are…

Best Picture:

  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • Parasite
  • 1917

Best Lead Actress:

  • Renee Zellweger (Judy)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
  • Florence Pugh (Midsommar)
  • Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)

Best Lead Actor:

  • Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
  • Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
  • Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse)

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Florence Pugh (Little Women)
  • Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
  • Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)
  • Jessie Buckley (Judy)

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Timothee Chalamet (Little Women)
  • Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
  • Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse)
  • Sam Rockwell (Richard Jewell)

Best Director:

  • Greta Gerwig (Little Women)
  • Sam Mendes (1917)
  • Bong-Joon Ho (Parasite)
  • Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)

Best Cinematography:

  • Roger Deakins (1917)
  • Marshall Adams (El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie)
  • Hong Kyung-pyo (Parasite)
  • Jarin Blaschke (The Lighthouse)

Best Original Score:

  • Hildur Guðnadóttir (Joker)
  • Thomas Newman (1917)
  • Mark Korven (The Lighthouse)
  • Michael Abels (Us)

It isn’t always just the most ambitious or dramatic films which deserve the most attention, and so we’ve comprised a list of a few more unusual categories. Take a look at what we’ve nominated and have a think about what you want to see win. Perhaps you’ll be reminded of a few smaller releases that you missed last year, and can catch up on in 2020!


  • Fishermans Friends
  • Fighting With My Family
  • Yesterday
  • Little Women
  • Knives Out


  • Us
  • Midsommar
  • The Lighthouse
  • Parasite
  • Uncut Gems

Most Impactful:

  • Bombshell
  • 1917
  • Parasite
  • Judy
  • Marriage Story

Based On a True Story:

  • Official Secrets
  • Richard Jewell
  • Fighting With My Family
  • The Irishman
  • Ford vs Ferrari


  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil
  • Spiderman: Far From Home
  • Toy Story 4


  • Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil
  • Toy Story 4
  • Aladdin
  • Detective Pikachu
  • The Lion King

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Booksmart
  • Fighting With My Family
  • Zombieland 2: Double-Tap
  • Jumanji: The Next Level