Oklahoma critics honored Oklahoma filmmaking.
Minari, an immigrant portrait of a Korean family shot entirely in eastern Oklahoma, was named Best Picture of 2020 by the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. (Disclosure: I am a member and current Vice President for the OFCC.)
The 1980s set drama, starring Steven Yen (The Walking Dead) and directed by Korean-American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung (who based the story on his own childhood), also won the Best Supporting Actress prize for Yuh-Jung Youn.
Nine more films filled out the org’s Top 10 List, all listed alphabetically. Awards were announced on the OFCC’s Twitter account, @OkFilmCritics.
One of the 10 came from Oklahoma City native Andrew Patterson; along with making the Top 10, his film The Vast of Night was also cited as Best First Feature. Streaming on Amazon Prime, the ambitious low-fi sci-fi has drawn praise from the likes of Oscar winners Steven Soderbergh and cinematographer Roger Deakins.
Another film from Amazon Prime took the two Actor prizes. Riz Ahmed won Best Actor for his powerful turn in Sound of Metal, playing a metal band drummer who loses his hearing. Paul Raci was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as a deaf counselor who struggles to help Ahmed’s drummer to accept what’s happening to him.
Microbudget indie Nomadland took home the most awards from the OK critics, with a haul of 4. Filmmaker Chloé Zhao won honors as Best Director and for her Adapted Screenplay, star Frances McDormand was named Best Actress, and the film landed in the org’s Top 10.
Pixar’s Soul also won 4 prizes: a Top 10 movie, Best Animated Feature, Best Score, and composers Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross won the Best Body of Work trophy for their work on Soul and David Fincher‘s Mank.
Best Original Screenplay went to first-time feature filmmaker Emerald Fennell for her provocative script for Promising Young Woman. The film was also listed in the year’s Top 10.
OKLAHOMA FILM CRITICS CIRCLE
2020 Film Awards
Best Picture: Minari
Top 10 Films
(films 2 through 10 are listed alphabetically)
- Da 5 Bloods
- Palm Springs
- Promising Young Woman
- Sound of Metal
- The Trial of the Chicago 7
- The Vast of Night
Best Director: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Best Actor: Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Best Supporting Actress: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Best Supporting Actor: Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
Best Original Screenplay: Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Best Cinematography: Erik Messerschmidt, Mank
Best Score: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Soul
Best Animated Film: Soul
Best Documentary: Boys State
Best Foreign Film: Martin Eden (Italy)
Best Ensemble: The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best First Feature: The Vast of Night, dir. Andrew Patterson
Most Disappointing Film: Tenet
Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2020 / 21 season: