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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom wins 7 CIFCC awards

Michael Potts, Chadwick Boseman and Colman Domingo in George C. Wolfe's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Michael Potts, Chadwick Boseman and Colman Domingo in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

2021 has arrived, and with the new year's celebrations out of the way, the critics awards resume! First out of the gate is the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, who announced their award nominees a week ago. Over two separate Best Film categories, there were three winners: Oscar frontrunner Nomadland and a pair of clear favourites among CIFCC members, Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, both of which picked up awards for star Chadwick Boseman. The latter was particularly successful here, winning seven prizes in total. Check out all the results below.

Best Independent Film (budgets under $20 million)


Best Studio Film (budgets over $20 million)

Da 5 Bloods

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Foreign Language Film

His House

Best Documentary

Boys State

Best Animated Film


Best Director

Spike Lee (Da 5 Bloods)

Best Original Screenplay

Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Best Actor

Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Best Actress

Viola Davis (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Best Supporting Actor

Chadwick Boseman (Da 5 Bloods)

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

Best Ensemble Cast

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Cinematography


Best Production Design


Best Costume Design

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Makeup

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Editing

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Musical Score


Best Original Song

"Speak Now" (One Night in Miami)

Best Visual Effects

The Invisible Man

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

Steve McQueen

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

Chadwick Boseman


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