Golden Donut Awards Analysis

Since we aren’t doing the awards in video form this year, I wanted to do a quick post with some of my thoughts on the most surprising results. I definitely didn’t see some of the winners coming.

You can check out the full results here.

Landslide in Best Picture

In one of the most shocking categories, Parasite took a whopping 35.4% of the votes for Best Picture- over a third in the 10 film race. The real battle was for second place, which belonged to Avengers: Endgame with 12.4%. Endgame was followed closely by Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with 10.8%, Knives Out with 9.2%, 1917 with 8.9%, and Joker with 8.7%.

I never saw Parasite winning here. It’s a good, maybe even great film, but it is also foreign language and not very popular among general audiences. I expected Endgame to take this due to being the most popular movie of the year, with 1917 and Joker also being favorites.

Tightest Race- Best Adapted Screenplay

The Top 4 films in the Best Adapted Screenplay category all finished within 3.5% of each other. The Irishman took the top spot with 26.1%, followed by a tie between Joker and Little Women with 23.5% apiece and Jojo Rabbit with 22.8%. 9 votes separated 1st and 4th in this category. This was another surprise for me, as I thought Joker had this one locked down.


Endgame, Joker, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Disappoint

All three films were among those that had the most nominations, but none of them performed well in the audience vote. Endgame did earn 3 wins out of its 8 nominations, but its biggest was Best Visual Effects. Joker was nominated 7 times but only took home Best Actor and Best Score. And lastly, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was shut out, failing to take the top spot in any of the 6 categories it was nominated for.

Least Surprising- John Wick Chapter 3 Takes Home Best Stunts

For several hours after voting opened, I was shocked to see John Wick was not winning in the Best Stunts category. That quickly changed as it ended up taking more than 69% of the votes, the biggest margin of victory in any category. That’s obviously no surprise if you’ve seen even just some of the insane action scenes in the movie. That probably explains why it also won Best Action Movie of the year.

That’s what stood out to me about this year’s Awards. Let us know what you think of the results in the comments, here or in our new Reddit community.

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