2020 in film

2020 in film is an overview of events, including award ceremonies, festivals, a list of country-specific lists of films released, and notable deaths. This year was greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and numerous films originally scheduled for theatrical release in 2020 were postponed to later in the year or into 2021, or were released on video on demand or on streaming services throughout 2020, as a result.

List of years in film (table)

Highest-grossing filmsEdit

The top films released in 2020 by worldwide gross are listed below.[1] The COVID-19 pandemic caused severe disruption to the industry, with lower than usual box office returns than previous years and a reduced selection of contenders.

Highest-grossing films of 2020
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 The Eight Hundred CMC Pictures Holdings $472,430,226
2 My People, My Homeland China Lion Film Distribution $428,500,000
3 Bad Boys for Life Sony Pictures $426,505,244
4 Tenet Warner Bros. $357,800,000
5 Sonic the Hedgehog Paramount $319,104,189
6 Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Toho / Aniplex (Sony Music Entertainment Japan) $280,600,000
7 Dolittle Universal $250,482,863
8 Jiang Ziya Beijing Enlight Pictures $243,843,105
9 Birds of Prey Warner Bros. $201,858,461
10 Sacrifice Beijing Enlight Pictures $164,200,000

After being re-released in 4K in China, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone surpassed the $1 billion mark, becoming the second billion dollar film from the Wizarding World franchise, with $1,001,985,848, and is the 47th highest-grossing film of all time.

2020 box office recordsEdit

  • China overtook the United States as the world's largest box office market, for the first time in 2020. This has been largely attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic having a negative impact on the global box office, particularly in North America.[2] Because of the smaller impact of the pandemic on the East Asian film markets, five of the 10 highest-grossing films of the year are Chinese or Japanese productions, which is a first time in history, as the ranking was always dominated by North American productions.

Film recordsEdit

  • Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, a Japanese anime film based on the manga comic series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, broke a number of box office records in Asia. At the Japanese box office, it set the first-day opening record with ¥1.2 billion ($11.3 million),[7] before breaking the opening weekend record with ¥4.6 billion ($43.8 million) over three days.[8] It went on to have the highest-grossing second weekend, and in ten days became the fastest film to cross ¥10 billion ($96.7 million), surpassing Spirited Away (2001) which had previously crossed the ¥10 billion milestone in 19 days and held the record for 19 years.[9] It also became the fastest film to cross ¥20 billion in Japan (again surpassing Spirited Away),[10] and set the record for the highest-grossing IMAX release in Japan, surpassing the previous record holder Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).[11] In Taiwan, Mugen Train grossed NT$360 million (US$12.6 million) in 17 days, setting the record for the highest-grossing animated film of all time in Taiwan, surpassing the previous record holders Frozen 2 (2019) and Your Name (2016).[12][13]

EventsEdit

Award ceremoniesEdit

2020 film awards ceremonies
Date Event Host Location
January 5 77th Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Beverly Hills, California, U.S.[14]
January 11 3rd Zee Cine Awards Telugu Zee Entertainment Enterprises Hyderabad, Telangana, India [15]
January 12 25th Critics' Choice Awards Broadcast Film Critics Association Santa Monica, California, U.S.
January 19 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles, California, U.S.
January 20 55th Guldbagge Awards Swedish Film Institute Stockholm, Sweden[16]
January 25 47th Annie Awards ASIFA-Hollywood Los Angeles, California, U.S.
February 1 10th Magritte Awards Académie André Delvaux Brussels, Belgium
February 2 73rd British Academy Film Awards British Academy of Film and Television Arts London, England
February 8 35th Independent Spirit Awards Independent Spirit Awards Santa Monica, California, U.S.
February 9 92nd Academy Awards Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Los Angeles, California, U.S.
February 28 45th César Awards Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma Paris, France
March 6 43rd Japan Academy Film Prize Nippon Academy-Sho Association Tokyo, Japan
March 16 40th Golden Raspberry Awards Golden Raspberry Awards Foundation Los Angeles, California, U.S.[a]
May 6 39th Hong Kong Film Awards Hong Kong Film Awards Association Ltd. Hong Kong[b]
May 28 8th Canadian Screen Awards Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Toronto, Ontario, Canada[a]

FestivalsEdit

List of some of the film festivals for 2020 that have been accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

2020 film festivals
Date Event Host Location
January 23–February 2 2020 Sundance Film Festival Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah, United States
February 20–March 1 70th Berlin International Film Festival Berlin International Film Festival Berlin, Germany
TBD 2020 Cannes Film Festival Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France
September 2–12 77th Venice International Film Festival Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy

2020 filmsEdit

By countryEdit

The list of films set to be released in 2020, arranged by country, are as follows:

By genreEdit

DeathsEdit

Month Date Name Age Nationality Profession Films
January 4 Tom Long 51 Australian Actor
8 Edd Byrnes 86 American Actor
8 Buck Henry 89 American Actor, Screenwriter, Director
9 Ivan Passer 86 Czech Director, Screenwriter
10 Neda Arnerić 66 Serbian Actress
12 Tony Garnett 83 English Producer
14 Jack Kehoe 85 American Actor
17 Derek Fowlds 82 English Actor
20 Joe Shishido 86 Japanese Actor
21 Terry Jones 77 Welsh Actor, Director, Screenwriter
22 John Karlen 86 American Actor
25 Monique van Vooren 92 Belgian-American Actress
26 Kobe Bryant 41 American Actor, Screenwriter
28 Harriet Frank Jr. 96 American Screenwriter
28 Nicholas Parsons 96 English Actor
28 Marj Dusay 83 American Actress
30 Jörn Donner 86 Finnish-Swedish Director, Screenwriter, Actor
31 Andree Melly 87 English Actress
February 1 Péter Andorai 71 Hungarian Actor
1 Luciano Ricceri 79 Italian Production Designer
3 Gene Reynolds 96 American Actor
4 José Luis Cuerda 72 Spanish Director, Screenwriter, Producer
4 Gianni Minervini 91 Italian Producer
5 Kevin Conway 77 American Actor
5 Kirk Douglas 103 American Actor, Producer
6 Raphaël Coleman 25 English Actor
7 Orson Bean 91 American Actor, Producer
7 Ann E. Todd 88 American Actress
8 Robert Conrad 84 American Actor
8 Volker Spengler 80 German Actor
8 Grazia Volpi 78 Italian Producer
9 Paula Kelly 77 American Actress, Singer
10 Marge Redmond 95 American Actress, Singer
11 Joseph Vilsmaier 81 German Director
13 Rafael Romero Marchent 93 Spanish Director, Actor
14 Lynn Cohen 86 American Actress
14 John Shrapnel 77 English Actor
16 Zoe Caldwell 86 Australian Actress
16 Frances Cuka 83 English Actress
16 Jason Davis 35 American Actor
16 Kellye Nakahara 72 American Actress
17 Ja'Net DuBois 87 American Actress, Singer, Songwriter
18 Tapas Paul 61 Indian Actor
18 Flavio Bucci 72 Italian Actor
19 José Mojica Marins 83 Brazilian Director, Actor
20 Claudette Nevins 82 American Actress
21 Boris Leskin 97 Russian Actor
24 Diana Serra Cary 101 American Actress
24 Ben Cooper 86 American Actor
26 Michael Medwin 96 English Actor
27 Burkhard Driest 80 German Actor
27 Eugene Dynarski 86 American Actor
29 Dieter Laser 78 German Actor
March 2 James Lipton 93 American Writer, Actor
3 Božidar Alić 65 Croatian Actor
6 David Paul 62 American Actor
7 Mart Crowley 84 American Screenwriter, Actor
8 Max von Sydow 90 Swedish Actor
11 Didier Bezace 74 French Actor
12 Gary B. Kibbe 79 American Cinematographer
12 Tonie Marshall 68 French Actress, Director, Screenwriter
15 Suzy Delair 102 French Actress, Singer
15 Roy Hudd 83 English Actor
16 Stuart Whitman 92 American Actor
17 Lyle Waggoner 84 American Actor
19 Nazzareno Zamperla 82 Italian Actor, Stuntman
20 Kenny Rogers 81 American Actor, Singer, Songwriter
23 Lucia Bosè 89 Italian Actress
23 David Collings 79 English Actor
23 Alfio Contini 92 Italian Cinematographer
24 Stuart Gordon 72 American Director, Screenwriter
24 Terrence McNally 81 American Screenwriter
24 Gerard Schurmann 96 English Composer
24 Albert Uderzo 92 French Director, Screenwriter
26 Mark Blum 69 American Actor
28 Barbara Rütting 92 German Actress
31 Julie Bennett 88 American Actress, Voice Actress
31 Andrew Jack 76 English Dialect Coach, Actor
April 1 Adam Schlesinger 52 American Musician, Songwriter
3 Hilary Dwyer 74 English Actress
4 Jay Benedict 68 American Actor
4 Carlo Leva 90 Italian Production Designer
5 Shirley Douglas 86 Canadian Actress
5 Lee Fierro 91 American Actress
5 George Ogilvie 89 Australian Director, Actor
5 Honor Blackman 94 English Actress
6 James Garbutt 94 English Actor
6 James Drury 85 American Actor
7 Allen Garfield 80 American Actor
9 Malcolm Dixon 66 English Actor
9 Marc Engels 54 Belgian Sound engineer
10 Armando Francioli 100 Italian Actor
10 Nobuhiko Obayashi 82 Japanese Director, Screenwriter
10 Francis Reusser 77 Swiss Director
12 Maurice Barrier 87 French Actor
12 Tim Brooke-Taylor 79 English Actor
12 Danny Goldman 80 American Actor
13 Patricia Millardet 63 French Actress
13 Ann Sullivan 91 American Animator
14 Mario Donatone 86 Italian Actor
15 Sean Arnold 79 English Actor
15 Allen Daviau 77 American Cinematographer
15 Brian Dennehy 81 American Actor
16 Luis Sepúlveda 70 Chilean Screenwriter, Actor
17 Sergio Fantoni 89 Italian Actor
19 Philippe Nahon 81 French Actor
20 Claude Evrard 86 French Actor
22 Shirley Knight 83 American Actress
23 Bruce Allpress 89 New Zealand Actor
26 Peter H. Hunt 81 American Director
28 Jill Gascoine 83 English Actress
29 Irrfan Khan 53 Indian Actor
29 John Lafia 63 American Director, Screenwriter
30 Rishi Kapoor 67 Indian Actor
30 Sam Lloyd 56 American Actor
May 2 Jan-Olof Strandberg 93 Swedish Actor
3 John Ericson 93 German-American Actor
6 Leslie Pope 65 American Set Decorator
7 Daniel Cauchy 90 French Actor
7 Peque Gallaga 76 Filipino Director, Screenwriter
9 Geno Silva 72 American Actor
9 Little Richard 87 American Musician
11 Jerry Stiller 92 American Actor
12 Michel Piccoli 94 French Actor
15 Ezio Bosso 48 Italian Composer
15 Lynn Shelton 54 American Director, Screenwriter
15 Fred Willard 86 American Actor
16 Pilar Pellicer 82 Mexican Actress
16 Jon Whiteley 75 Scottish Actor
17 Monique Mercure 89 Canadian Actress
22 Denise Cronenberg 81 Canadian Costume Designer
24 Jean-Loup Dabadie 81 French Screenwriter
26 Richard Herd 87 American Actor
26 Irm Hermann 77 German Actress
26 Anthony James 77 American Actor
27 Peggy Pope 91 American Actress
28 Lennie Niehaus 90 American Composer
30 Michael Angelis 76 English Actor
31 Dan van Husen 75 German Actor
June 2 Mary Pat Gleason 70 American Actress
3 Bruce Jay Friedman 90 American Screenwriter
6 Malcolm Terris 79 American Actor
7 Alan Metter 77 American Director
8 Marion Hänsel 71 Belgian Director, Screenwriter, Actress
11 Mel Winkler 78 American Actor
14 Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz 90 Iranian Actor
14 Sushant Singh Rajput 34 Indian Actor
17 Lewis John Carlino 88 American Director, Screenwriter
18 Vera Lynn 103 English Actress, Singer
19 Ian Holm 88 English Actor
21 Jürgen Holtz 87 German Actor
20 Philip Latham 91 English Actor
22 Steve Bing 55 American Screenwriter
22 Joel Schumacher 80 American Director, Costume Designer
26 Kelly Asbury 60 American Director, Screenwriter
26 Stuart Cornfeld 67 American Producer
26 Taryn Power 66 American Actress
27 Linda Cristal 89 Argentine Actress
28 Louis Mahoney 81 Gambian Actor
29 Johnny Mandel 94 American Composer, Songwriter
29 Carl Reiner 98 American Actor, Director, Screenwriter
30 Dan Hicks 68 American Actor
July 2 Tilo Prückner 79 German Actor
2 Kevin Rafferty 72 American Director, Cinematographer
2 Ronald L. Schwary 76 American Producer
2 Yoon Sam-yook 83 South Korean Screenwriter, Director
3 Earl Cameron 102 Bermudian-English Actor
3 Saroj Khan 71 Indian Choreographer
5 Bettina Gilois 58 American Screenwriter
6 Ennio Morricone 91 Italian Composer
8 Naya Rivera 33 American Actress
12 Kelly Preston 57 American Actress
13 Grant Imahara 49 American Model Maker
14 Galyn Görg 55 American Actress
15 Carlotta Barilli 84 Italian Actress
14 Maurice Roëves 83 English Actor
16 Phyllis Somerville 76 American Actress
17 Zizi Jeanmaire 96 French Dancer, Actress
18 Haruma Miura 30 Japanese Actor
19 Sonia Darrin 96 American Actress
21 Annie Ross 89 English-American Actress, Singer
23 Leida Rammo 96 Estonian Actress
23 Sérgio Ricardo 88 Brazilian Director, Composer
23 Jacqueline Scott 89 American Actress
24 Regis Philbin 88 American Actor
25 John Saxon 84 American Actor
26 Olivia de Havilland 104 English-American Actress
27 Gianrico Tedeschi 100 Italian Actor
31 Alan Parker 76 English Director
August 1 Wilford Brimley 85 American Actor
1 Tom Pollock 77 American Producer, Executive
1 Reni Santoni 81 American Actor
3 Billy Goldenberg 84 American Composer, Songwriter
9 Anna Maria Bottini 104 Italian Actress
9 Kurt Luedtke 80 American Screenwriter
9 Franca Valeri 100 Italian Actress
10 Silvana Bosi 86 Italian Actress
10 Tetsuya Watari 78 Japanese Actor
11 Trini Lopez 83 American Singer, Actor
14 Linda Manz 58 American Actress
16 Nikolai Gubenko 78 Russian Actor, Director
18 Ben Cross 72 English Actor
22 Allan Rich 94 American Actor
23 Benny Chan 58 Hong Kong Director, Screenwriter
23 Lori Nelson 87 American Actress
27 David S. Cass Sr. 78 American Stuntman, Director
28 Chadwick Boseman 43 American Actor
September 3 Birol Ünel 59 Turkish-German Actor
4 Annie Cordy 92 Belgian Actress, Singer
5 Jiří Menzel 82 Czech Director, Screenwriter
6 Kevin Dobson 77 American Actor
8 Ronald Harwood 85 English Screenwriter
8 Jaya Prakash Reddy 74 Indian Actor
10 Diana Rigg 82 English Actress
12 Barbara Jefford 90 English Actress
14 Sei Ashina 36 Japanese Actress
14 Al Kasha 83 American Songwriter
20 Michael Chapman 84 American Cinematographer
20 Alan Tomkins 81 English Art Director
21 Ron Cobb 83 American-Australian Set Designer
21 Michael Lonsdale 89 French-English Actor
22 Michael Gwisdek 78 German Actor, Director
23 Juliette Gréco 93 French Actress, Singer
25 Goran Paskaljević 73 Serbian Director, Screenwriter
25 S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 74 Indian Singer, Composer
27 Yūko Takeuchi 40 Japanese Actress
28 Frédéric Devreese 91 Belgian Composer
29 Helen Reddy 78 Australian Singer, Actress
29 Mac Davis 78 American Singer, Songwriter, Actor
30 Frank Windsor 92 English Actor
October 1 Murray Schisgal 93 American Screenwriter
2 Edward S. Feldman 91 American Producer
3 Thomas Jefferson Byrd 70 American Actor
4 Clark Middleton 63 American Actor
5 Margaret Nolan 76 English Actress
6 Tommy Rall 90 American Actor, Dancer
6 Wladimir Yordanoff 66 French Actor
8 Camillo Bazzoni 85 Italian Cinematographer, Director, Screenwriter
12 Conchata Ferrell 77 American Actress
13 Marisa de Leza 87 Spanish Actress
14 Rhonda Fleming 97 American Actress
15 Bhanu Athaiya 91 Indian Costume Designer
16 Anthony Chisholm 77 American Actor
17 Ryszard Ronczewski 90 Polish Actor
19 Gianni Dei 79 Italian Actor
19 Wojciech Pszoniak 78 Polish Actor
21 Marge Champion 101 American Actress, Dancer
31 Sean Connery 90 Scottish Actor
31 Charles Gordon 73 American Producer
November 1 Carol Arthur 85 American Actress
2 Gigi Proietti 80 Italian Actor
2 John Sessions 67 English Actor
5 Geoffrey Palmer 93 English Actor
6 Fernando Solanas 84 Argentine Director, Screenwriter
7 John Fraser 89 Scottish Actor
10 Sven Wollter 86 Swedish Actor
12 Gernot Roll 81 German Cinematographer
13 Philip Voss 84 English Actor
15 Soumitra Chatterjee 85 Indian Actor
18 Michel Robin 90 French Actor
24 Montserrat Carulla 90 Spanish Actress
26 Daria Nicolodi 70 Italian Actress, Screenwriter
28 David Prowse 85 English Actor

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b The ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, winners announced online.
  2. ^ The ceremony was held and broadcast live online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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