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Promising Young Woman is Columbus critics' Best Film of 2020

Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham in Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman
Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham in Promising Young Woman

Promising indeed! The Columbus Film Critics Association has declared Emerald Fennell's debut feature Promising Young Woman the best picture of 2020. Fennell herself wins prizes for Breakthrough Film Artist and Original Screenplay, while her lead Carey Mulligan wins Best Actress. The Columbus critics also showed support for Chloe Zhao's Nomadland - she herself wins Director and Adapted Screenplay, with the film placing second for Best Film. Check out the COFCA's 2020 award nominations here.

Best Film

  1. Promising Young Woman

  2. Nomadland

  3. Sound of Metal

  4. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  5. Minari

  6. Soul

  7. Never Rarely Sometimes Always

  8. The Trial of the Chicago 7

  9. First Cow

  10. Mank

Best Director

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

Runner-up: Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

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: Olivia Colman (The Father)

Best Supporting Actor

Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

Runner-up: Chadwick Boseman (Da 5 Bloods) / Mark Rylance (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Best Original Screenplay

Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

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

Best Cinematography

Joshua James Richards (Nomadland)

Runner-up: Erik Messerschmidt (Mank)

Best Editing

Alan Baumgarten (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Runner-up: Mikkel E. G. Nielsen (Sound of Metal)

Best Score

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Soul)

Runner-up: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Mank)

Best Ensemble

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Runner-up: Promising Young Woman

Best Animated Film


Runner-up: Soul

Best Documentary

Dick Johnson Is Dead

Runner-up: Boys State

Best Foreign Language Film


Runner-up: Martin Eden

Best Overlooked Film

The Vast of Night

Runner-up: Palm Springs

Breakthrough Film Artist Award

Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) - producing, directing, screenwriting

Runner-up: Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version) - producing, directing, acting, screenwriting

Actor of the Year (for an exemplary body of work)

Chadwick Boseman (Da 5 Bloods / Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Runner-up: Elisabeth Moss (The Invisible Man / Shirley)


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