‘Nomadland’ wins Best Picture at National Society of Film Critics Awards: Full winners list

For almost half a century, the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) , which was founded in 1966, rarely previewed the Oscar winner for Best Picture, doing so only five times in 49 years. But it has done just that three times in the last five years: “Spotlight” (2016), “Moonlight” (2017) and “Parasite” (2020). That stat bodes well for “Nomadland,” which dominated this year’s awards with wins on January 9 for Best Picture, Director (Chloé Zhao) and Actress (Frances McDormand).

Zhao also helmed this group’s pick for best pic two years ago, “The Rider.” She has already been feted by both the  New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association this awards season. As with those two groups, the NSFC also considered only films released in the 2020 rather than extending eligibility as has the Oscars to titles out by February 28.

So NSFC  didn’t look at the likes of “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” “Falling,” “French Exit,”  “Joe Bell,” “The Little Things,” “The Mauritanian,” “Supernova,” “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” and “The White Tiger.” Keep that in mind when making or updating your 2021 Oscar predictions.

Two of the New York favorites repeated here: Best Actor Delroy Lindo (“Da 5 Bloods”) and Supporting Actress Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”). Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”) won Best Supporting Actor.

Unlike most critics groups, the NSFC discloses the results of voting. Voting is conducted via a weighted ballot system. If no winner is declared on the first ballot, the category goes to a second ballot, this time without the proxies. The late Chadwick Boseman was the first runner-up for both Best Actor (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Supporting Actor (“Da 5 Bloods”).

Best Picture
“Nomadland” (52 points)
Runners-up: “First Cow” (50); “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (41)

Best Director
Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland” (58)
Runners-up: Steve McQueen, “Small Axe” (41); Kelly Reichardt, “First Cow” (30)

Best Actor
Delroy Lindo, “Da 5 Bloods” (52)
Runners-up: Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (47); Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal” (32)

Best Actress
Frances McDormand, “Nomadland” (46)
Runners-up: Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (33); Sidney Flanigan, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (29)

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal” (53)
Runners-up: Glynn Turman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (36); Chadwick Boseman, “Da 5 Bloods” (35)

Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (47)
Runners-up: Amanda Seyfried, “Mank” (40); Youn Yuh-jung, “Minari” (33)

Best Screenplay
Eliza Hittman, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (38)
Runners-up: Jon Raymond and Kelly Reichardt, “First Cow” (35); Charlie Kaufman, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (29)

Best Cinematography
Joshua James Richards, “Nomadland” (47)
Runners-up: Shabier Kirchner, “Lovers Rock” (41); Leonardo Simoes, “Vitalina Varela” (34)

Best Foreign-Language Film
“Collective” (38)
Runners-up: “Bacurau” (36), “Beanpole” (36), “Vitalina Varela” (32)

Best Non-Fiction Film
“Time” (46)
Runners-up: “City Hall” (28), “Collective” (22)

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