Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle announces 2020 award nominations


Viola Davis in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

George C. Wolfe's stage-to-screen adaptation Ma Rainey's Black Bottom leads the fifth annual Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle award nominations with nine nods. The Netflix title has reportedly been a hit with audiences since opening earlier this month, and it's fared well with critics too, as evidenced by the CIFCC's enthusiasm. The indie Chicago critics haven't shown remarkable independent spirit, though, with fellow Netflix hits Mank and The Trial of the Chicago 7 coming in second with seven nods each. Winners will be announced on the 3rd of January.


Best Independent Film (Budgets Under $20 Million)

THE FATHER

FIRST COW

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

NOMADLAND

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN


Best Studio Film (Budgets Over $20 Million)

DA 5 BLOODS

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MANK

SOUL

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7


Best Foreign Language Film

ANOTHER ROUND

BACURAU

BEANPOLE

HIS HOUSE

THE LIFE AHEAD


Best Documentary

BOYS STATE

DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD

RISING PHOENIX

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

TIME


Best Animated Film

ONWARD

OVER THE MOON

SOUL

THE WILLOUGHBYS

WOLFWALKERS


Best Director

Emerald Fennell, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Spike Lee, DA 5 BLOODS

George C. Wolfe, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Florian Zeller, THE FATHER

Chloe Zhao, NOMADLAND


Best Original Screenplay

Emerald Fennell, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Jack Fincher, MANK

Eliza Hittman, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

Andy Siara, PALM SPRINGS

Aaron Sorkin, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7


Best Adapted Screenplay

Charlie Kaufman, I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt, FIRST COW

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Florian Zeller, THE FATHER

Chloe Zhao, NOMADLAND


Best Actor

Riz Ahmed, SOUND OF METAL

Chadwick Boseman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Anthony Hopkins, THE FATHER

Delroy Lindo, DA 5 BLOODS

Steven Yeun, MINARI


Best Actress

Nicole Beharie, MISS JUNETEENTH

Viola Davis, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Sidney Flanigan, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

Frances McDormand, NOMADLAND

Carey Mulligan, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN


Best Supporting Actor

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Sacha Baron Cohen, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Chadwick Boseman, DA 5 BLOODS

Bo Burnham, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Frank Langella, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Bill Murray, ON THE ROCKS


Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM

Olivia Colman, THE FATHER

Talia Ryder, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

Amanda Seyfried, MANK

Youn Yuh-jung, MINARI


Best Ensemble Cast

DA 5 BLOODS

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MINARI

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7


Best Cinematography

DA 5 BLOODS

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MANK

NOMADLAND

TENET


Best Production Design

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MANK

TENET


Best Costume Design

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MANK

SYLVIE’S LOVE


Best Makeup

BIRDS OF PREY: AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

POSSESSOR


Best Editing

THE FATHER

NOMADLAND

TENET

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

WANDER DARKLY


Best Musical Score

MANK

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

MINARI

SOUL

TENET


Best Original Song

“Husavik” – EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA

“Loyal Brave True” – MULAN

“Speak Now” – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

“This Day” – JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

“Wuhan Flu” – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM


Best Visual Effects

THE INVISIBLE MAN

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

TENET

WONDER WOMAN 1984


Impact Award (Given to a person whose work has had a positive impact on society)

Chadwick Boseman

Garrett Bradley

Scott H. Dehn

Ryan Oestreich

Chloe Zhao


Trailblazer Award (Honors the work of an artist who truly pushes the boundaries of the medium in terms of form and content)

Radha Blank

Chadwick Boseman

Emerald Fennell

Steve McQueen

Chloe Zhao

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