NOMADLAND Wins Picture, Director, Actress & More From Chicago Crix (AWARDS 2020)

The Chicago Film Critics Association gave 5 awards to NOMADLAND, including Best Picture of 2020.

If there’s an early Oscar favorite, Nomadland is it.

The critics from Chicago continued the impressive (though still early) awards season run for the micro-budget indie starring Frances McDormand. It’s directed by emerging Chinese-American director Chloé Zhao (The Rider, Marvel’s upcoming The Eternals).

Winning five awards total, Nomadland was cited as Best Picture of 2020 by the Chicago crix. Zhao won for Director and her Adapted Screenplay, McDormand for Best Actress, and the Cinematography was also feted.

The late Chadwick Boseman took Best Actor honors for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Paul Raci continued his long shot Oscar hopes for Supporting Actor in Sound of Metal, and Maria Bakalova also won another critics prize for her turn as Borat’s daughter in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

Along with a woman writer/director dominating the group’s top prizes, female artists were also cited by Chicago as the year’s most promising newcomers.

Sidney Flannigan was Most Promising Performer for her lead turn in the abortion drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always (writer/director Eliza Hittman also won for her Original Screenplay) and Emerald Fennell won the Breakthrough Filmmaker Award for her debut feature Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan.

Here is a full list of the 2020 awards from the CFCA.

2020 Film Awards

Best Picture: Nomadland

Best Director: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best Adapted Screenplay: Nomadland, Chloé Zhao

Best Original Screenplay: Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Eliza Hittman

Best Animated Feature: Wolfwalkers

Best Documentary: Dick Johnson is Dead

Best Foreign Language Film: Another Round, Brazil, dir. Thomas Vinterberg

Best Art Direction: Mank

Best Cinematography: Nomadland, Joshua James Richards

Best Costume Design: Emma., Alexandra Byrne

Best Editing: I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Robert Frazen

Best Original Score: Soul, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Best Use of Visual Effects: The Invisible Man

Most Promising Performer: Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Milos Stehlik Breakthrough Filmmaker Award: Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2020 / 21 season:

National Society of Film Critics
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics

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