Over the course of 2020, the film industry saw possibly the most devastating time in the history of the medium. Movie theaters were forced to close down from March onward, leaving theaters with no source of revenue and movie studios being forced to find a way to debut their high-profile projects. The result has been an increase in streaming services, from HBO Max to Disney+ to Netflix. As a result of the shifted film landscape and the rise in streaming, this year’s Golden Potato Award is looking not just at the most beloved film of 2020, but also the most admired television show.
After putting up a poll listing over 20 of last year’s most popular films, both in terms of views as well as critical reception, we were surprised to find out that none other than Disney’s “Soul” was the most enjoyed film of 2020. Getting 28.4% of the votes, “Soul” easily outdid any other film, with “Borat: Subsequent Movefilm” being it’s only competition, garnering 16% of votes. Set in our very own New York City, “Soul” tells the story of middle-school jazz teacher Joe whose life hasn’t gone quite the way he envisioned. As his life continuously becomes less and less of what he desires, he suddenly finds himself in an alternate reality where he attempts to help someone discover their passions, resulting in Joe discovering what it really means to have a soul.
Just as “Soul” was the undisputed victor in what film was everyone’s favorite, the same can be said for everyone’s favorite tv series, “The Queen’s Gambit.” It was only a few days back when the miniseries’ star, Anya Taylor-Joy, won the Golden Globe for Best Actress In A Limited Series which is only another feather in the show’s cap. “The Queen’s Gambit,” which got 34.1% of Grace’s votes, was easily one of the most talked-about shows during 2020, in large part due to the unique story and fantastic direction.