- 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 Picture – Nomadland
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 Documentary – Collective
Best Non-English Language Film (awarded in memory of Jay Carr) – La Llorona
Best Animated Film – The 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 Cast – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Original Score – Emile Mosseri, Minari
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