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  • by Jeff Beck

Boston Society of Film Critics Name Nomadland Best Film of 2020

Awards season has finally begun with the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) kicking things off by naming Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" the best film of 2020. The film also received Best Director (Chloe Zhao) and Best Cinematography.

Three films received two wins each: "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" (Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing), "The Father" (Best Actor, Anthony Hopkins, and Best New Filmmaker), and "Minari" (Best Supporting Actress, Youn Yuh-jung, and Best Original Score).

The choice of "Nomadland" is an odd one for sure as there's just not a whole lot to the film (it's basically Frances McDormand driving/walking around for two hours, meeting random people, and doing odd jobs). However, it's interesting to note that over the last few years, the BSFC has been going with Best Picture choices few other groups (if any) have gone with, including "Phantom Thread," "If Beale Street Could Talk," and the outstanding "Little Women," and it's still quite early yet, so better films will hopefully emerge as we go along.

As mentioned, awards season is just getting started, so there's still lots more to come, including the New York Film Critics Circle on the 18th, so be sure to check back for the winners.

In the meantime, please see below for a complete list of Boston's winners:

Best PictureNomadland

Best Actor – Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Best Actress – Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Best Supporting Actor – Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Best Supporting Actress – Youn Yuh-jung, Minari

Best Director – Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Screenplay – Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Best Cinematography – Joshua James Richards, Nomadland

Best DocumentaryCollective

Best Non-English Language Film (awarded in memory of Jay Carr)La Llorona

Best Animated FilmThe Wolf House

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer) – Robert Frazen, I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy) – Florian Zeller, The Father

Best Ensemble CastMa Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Original Score – Emile Mosseri, Minari

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