2020 Florida Film Critics Circle Award Nominations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2020

Miami, FL. – The Florida Film Critic Circle, founded in 1996, is proud to announce its 2020 film nominations. To say this has been a unique year would be an understatement and the list of nominees reflects this accordingly. Unlike past years, movies did not have to appear in theaters to be recognized so as a result, this year’s nominees are an eclectic blend that might not have been recognized in other years and no film is a runaway.

Two films seemed to be stand outs amongst the members of the Florida Film Critics Circle with Nomadland and Minari earning the most nominations, each snagging six apiece. They both share nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay (Nomadland for Adapted, Minari for Original) and Best Director. Nomadland also has nominations for Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Cinematography. While Minari is recognized for Best Ensemble and Best Foreign Language Film.

Right on their heels are First Cow and The Trial of the Chicago 7, both receiving five nominations. They are up for Best Picture, Screenplay (First Cow for Adapted, The Trial of the Chicago 7 for Original) and Best Director. First Cow also has nominations for Best Actor (John Magaro) and Best Score. The Trial of the Chicago 7 branches off with nominations for Best Supporting Actor, (Sasha Barton Cohen) and Best Ensemble.

Not too far behind them are Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Father with a total of four each. 

The film world was shocked earlier this summer when Chadwick Boseman passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer. However, he is recognized by the Florida Film Critics Circle members as one of this country’s brightest talents and he fittingly did not get one, but TWO acting nominations. He is a Best Actor nominee for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and has a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods. Not to be forgotten, the late Brian Dennehy is also among the nominees in the supporting category for one of his final roles in the film Driveways.

There are plenty of surprise nominations this year starting with young Maria Bakalova who made headlines earlier this fall for her part in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Not only is she up for Best Supporting Actress, she is also one of the Breakout nominees this year. Emerald Fennell has not only found herself with a Best First Film nomination, but she is also up for Best Original Screenplay and she helped guide Carey Mulligan to a Best Actress nomination for Promising Young Woman.

FFCC members will have their work cut out for them as they decide who the ultimate winners will be. Those will be announced next Monday, December 21,2020. See below for the full list of nominations.

BEST PICTURE
First Cow
Nomadland
Trial of the Chicago 7
Minari  
BEST ACTOR
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
John Magaro, First Cow
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
BEST ACTRESS
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Carrie Coon, The Nest
Elisabeth Moss, Shirley
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
Brian Dennehy, Driveways
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Bill Murray, On the Rocks
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Swankie, Nomadland
 Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Jane Adams, She Dies Tomorrow
BEST ENSEMBLE
Mangrove
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Minari      
BEST DIRECTOR
Florian Zeller, The Father
Kelly Reichardt, First Cow
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7  
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Peter Docter/ Kemp Powers/Mike Jones, Soul
Jack Fincher, Mank
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari  
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Jon Raymond/ Kelly Reichardt, First Cow
Florian Zeller/Christopher Hampton, The Father
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things  
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Shabier Kirchner, Lovers Rock
Hoyte van Hoytema, Tenet
Victor Kossakovsky/Egil Håskjold Larsen, Gunda
Erik Messerschmidt, Mank
Joshua James Richards, Nomadland  
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Andrew Jackson, Tenet
Matt Kasmir/Chris Lawrence, The Midnight Sky
Murray Barber, Possessor  
BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
Dan Webster, Mank
Kirby Feagan, Shirley
Adam Marshall, Lovers Rock      
BEST SCORE
Ludwig Göransson, Tenet
William Tyler, First Cow
Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross/Jon Batiste, Soul
Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky  
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Dick Johnson is Dead
Gunda
You Don’t Nomi
Time
David Byrne’s American Utopia  
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Los Fuertes
Those Who Remained
Minari
The Painted Bird
Dry Wind  
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Wolfwalkers
Soul
Ride Your Wave
The Wolf House
Over the Moon  
BEST FIRST FILM
Promising Young Woman
The Forty-Year-Old Version
Relic
The Father
Some Kind of Heaven  
BREAKOUT AWARD
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Odessa Young, Shirley
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Marin Ireland, The Dark and the Wicked
Lucas Jaye, Driveways
THE GOLDEN ORANGE AWARD
ENZIAN Theater
Keisha Rae Witherspoon
Amy Seimetz

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