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Nomadland and Promising Young Woman tie atop Kansas City Film Critics Circle awards

Carey Mulligan in Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman
Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle is among the oldest still-active film critics groups in the world, so today's announcement of their 2020 awards isn't just another insignificant chapter in the long story of the 2020-21 awards season. They've found space in their top category, Best Picture, for two movies - Nomadland and Promising Young Woman; in keeping with the trend of this season, they've selected two movies directed by women. The former's director, Chloe Zhao, wins both Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay from the Kansas City critics, while the latter's wins Best Original Screenplay.

Best Picture


Promising Young Woman

Best Director

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

Runner-up: Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Best Actress

Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Runner-up: Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)

Runner-up: Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Best Supporting Actress

Youn Yuh Jung (Minari)

Runner-up: Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

Best Supporting Actor

Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami)

Runner-up: Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

Best Original Screenplay

Promising Young Woman

Runner-up: The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Adapted Screenplay


Runner-up: I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Best Cinematography

The Vast of Night

Runner-up: Mank

Best Animated Film


Runner-up: Soul

Best Documentary

The Dissident

Runner-up: Crip Camp

Best Foreign Language Film

Another Round

Runner-up: 76 Days / Bacurau / The Life Ahead

Tom Poe Award for Best LGBTQ Film


Runner-up: The Prom

Vince Koehler Award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy Film

The Invisible Man

Runner-up: The Vast of Night


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