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2020 LAFCA awards: Steve McQueen's Small Axe wins Best Picture

Chadwick Boseman in George C. Wolfe's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association doesn't care much for your outdated distinctions between cinema and TV, so why should any of the rest of us? They've chosen Steve McQueen's Small Axe, three of whose five episodes screened at various film festivals this year, as the best cinema work of the year. The late Chadwick Boseman virtually secured what's likely one of two Oscar nominations with his first Best Actor prize for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, while more top awards went to Nomadland and Promising Young Woman. All the details below.

Best Picture

Small Axe

Runner-up: Nomadland

Best Director

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

Runner-up: Steve McQueen (Small Axe)

Best Actress

Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Runner-up: Viola Davis (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Best Actor

Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Runner-up: Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)

Best Supporting Actress

Youn Yuh Jung (Minari)

Runner-up: Amanda Seyfried (Mank)

Best Supporting Actor

Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Runner-up: Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

Best Screenplay

Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

Runner-up: Eliza Hittman (Never Rarely Sometimes Always)

Best Cinematography

Shabier Kirchner (Small Axe)

Runner-up: Joshua James Richards (Nomadland)

Best Editing

Yorgos Lamprinos (The Father)

Runner-up: Gabriel Rhodes (Time)

Best Production Design

Donald Graham Burt (Mank)

Runner-up: Sergey Ivanov (Beanpole)

Best Music/Score


Runner-up: Lovers Rock

Best Animation


Runner-up: Soul

Best Documentary/Nonfiction Film


Runner-up: Collective

Best Foreign-Language Film


Runner-up: Martin Eden

New Generation Award

Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version)

Douglas Edwards Experimental Film Prize

Her Socialist Smile (John Gianvito)

Career Achievement Award

Harry Belafonte

Hou Hsiao Hsien

Legacy Award

Norman Lloyd


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