2020 National Society of Film Critics Awards: ‘Parasite’ wins Best Picture, Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’) takes Best Director

The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) will be the latest voting group to chime in with their list of winners today. Keep checking back for a full list of winners, updating live.

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For almost half a century, the National Society, which was founded in 1966, rarely previewed the Oscar winner for Best Picture, doing so only five times in 49 years. Then in 2016, it foreshadowed the two Oscar wins for “Spotlight”: Best Picture and Best Screenplay. In 2017, it went all in for “Moonlight” over Oscar rival “La La Land” naming it Best Picture, and awarding prizes to director Barry Jenkins, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali ) and lenser James Laxton. The next year, it was enamored with “Lady Bird,” which won four awards including Best Picture. Rookie solo helmer Greta Gerwig won both the directing and screenplay prizes while Laurie Metcalf claimed Supporting Actress.

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Last year, the iconoclastic group gave their Best Picture prize to Chloe Zhao‘s “The Rider,” which didn’t even go onto compete at the Oscars. They did, however, predict wins for Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) in Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film, Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) in Best Actress and Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) in Best Supporting Actress. Their Best Actor winner, perennial critics favorite Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”), also failed to snag a bid, as did Best Supporting Actor victor Steven Yeun (“Burning”).

Unlike other major critics groups, the NSOFC is unique in that they also release their runners-up lists. So keep checking back here for a full list of winners in all categories, updating live as they’re announced.

First up is Best Actress, which went to LA Film Critics victor Mary Kay Place for “Diane” (40 points). Second place went to Zhao Tao for “Ash is Purest White” (28 points), while Florence Pugh took third for “Midsommar” (25 points).

Laura Dern added another Best Supporting Actress trophy to her mantle for both “Marriage Story” and “Little Women” (57 points). Her “Little Women” costar, Best Actress runner-up Florence Pugh, came in second with 44 points, followed by “Hustlers” star Jennifer Lopez with 26 points.

New York and LA winner Antonio Banderas took yet another Best Actor prize for “Pain and Glory,” placing in first with 69 points. Coming in second was Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”) with 43 points, while Adam Sandler (“Uncut Gems”) placed third with 41 points.

Oscar frontrunner Brad Pitt took Best Supporting Actor for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with a whopping 64 points. Up next with New York Film Critics Circle winner Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”) with 30 points, followed by a tie for third by Wesley Snipes (“Dolemite is My Name”) and Song Kang Ho (“Parasite”), each of whom got 18 points.

Cinematographer Claire Mathon added another victory to her belt for “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” and “Atlantics,” having previously triumphed at New York and LA. She received 41 points, while Robert Richardson reaped 29 for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Yorick Le Saux racked up 22 for “Little Women.”

It was a close race for Best Screenplay, with Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won eking out a win for “Parasite” with 37 points. Quentin Tarantino was close behind for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with 34 points, while Greta Gerwig rounded out the bunch for “Little Women” with 33 points.

Bong Joon Jo’s foreign language hit “Parasite” takes the group’s Best Picture prize with 44 points. Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” adaptation placed second with 27 points, followed by Quentin Tarantino’s Tinseltown ode “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with 22 points.

Greta Gerwig picked up the group’s Best Director prize for “Little Women” with 39 points. “Parasite” helmer Bong Joon Ho came in second with 36 points, while Martin Scorsese placed third for his mob epic “The Irishman” with 31 points.

For Best Non-Fiction Film, the victor was “Honeyland” with 33 points. “American Factory” followed close behind with 28 points, while “Apollo 11” landed just one vote shy for third with 27 points.

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