National Society of Film Critics names ‘Nomadland’ best film

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In a year largely defined by isolation and displacement, ‘Nomadland’, the melancholy and melancholy film which explores these themes in its account of a woman living as a nomad after the recession of ten years ago, was named best 2020 film by the National Society of Film Critics.
“Nomadland” was a favorite as the review group announced the recipients of its 55th annual awards on Saturday. Chloe Zhao, who wrote and directed the film, won the award for best director, while Joshua James won the award for best cinematography for his work on the drama. The film’s star, Frances McDormand, won the Best Actress award for her role as Fern, the homeless widow in her 60s who travels across the West in a van in search of a job.

Zhao has been a favorite with critics heading into the Oscars. Last month, she was named Best Director by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the New York Film Critics Circle when each group announced their awards for 2020. LAFC selected Steve McQueen’s “Small Ax” for Best Picture, while NYFCC awarded Kelly Reichardt’s “First Cow”.

Elsewhere in the acting categories, Maria Bakalova won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her groundbreaking (and eye-catching) performance in Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”, in which she played the teenage daughter of the main character. who accompanies Borat on his trips to the United States. Bakalova was also honored by the New York Critics’ Group.

Isiah Whitlock Jr., from left to right, Norm Lewis, Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters and Jonathan Majors in “Da 5 Bloods”.
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The Best Actor award went to Delroy Lindo for his role in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” as a Vietnam War vet who returns home with three other comrades to find the remains of their team leader – played by Chadwick Boseman in one of his final performances – and recover the gold they left behind during the war. Boseman was a finalist for his role in “My Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Previously, Lindo won the NYFCC Best Actor award. And Paul Raci received the Society’s Best Supporting Actor award for his turn as a deaf advisor who runs a sober Midwestern home for deaf drug addicts in Darius Marder’s eloquent drama “Sound of Metal.”

Meanwhile, Eliza Hittman’s coming-of-age drama “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” which tells the story of a teenage girl’s quest for an abortion outside of her hometown where she needs it. parental consent, won him the award for best screenplay.

Last year, the Society’s Best Picture award went to Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” a dark comedy thriller about a family of crooks who hatch an intricate plan to fit into a woman’s house. rich family. The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

The national society, which has 60 members across the country, met virtually on Saturday to determine the winners through its usual weighted ballot system. Any film released in the United States in 2020 was eligible – in a year in which release strategies have changed due to the still raging COVID-19 pandemic – including films opened on the big screen or on platforms. streaming.

The list of 2020 winners:

Better picture: «Nomadland»

Director: Chloé Zhao, «Nomadland»

Scenario: Eliza Hittman, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”

Cinematography: Joshua James, “Nomadland”

Actress: Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”

Actor: Delroy Lindo, “Give 5 Bloods”

Supporting actress: Maria Bakalova, «Borat Subsequent Moviefilm»

Second ROLE: Paul Raci, «Sound of Metal»

Non-fiction film: ” Time ”

Foreign language film: “Collective”

Film Heritage Prize: The company honored the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded by Cyrus I. Harvey and Bryant N. Halliday, the small, one-screen movie theater has been an arthouse paradise since 1953; Women Make Movies, the New York-based nonprofit media arts organization that supports female directors and distributes their work; and currently on hiatus Film Comment, the influential American film magazine founded in 1962.



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