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San Diego Film Critics Society's 2020 award winners announced

Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci in Darius Marder's Sound of Metal
Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci in Sound of Metal

The awards just keep on coming for Promising Young Woman. Emerald Fennell's dark comedy is riding a wave of critical and industry buzz en route to potentially claiming a spot near the top of the Oscar race, here taking in a Best Picture prize from the San Diego Film Critics Society. Lead Carey Mulligan wins Best Actress and is among several familiar honorees among the SDFCS' roster: Nomadland director Chloe Zhao and Mulligan's countryman Riz Ahmed winning Best Actor for Sound of Metal. This lot really likes The Trial of the Chicago 7, though luckily not enough to net it any awards - five runner-up slots will just have to cut it! Check out the San Diego critics' nominations at this link.

Best Picture

Promising Young Woman

Runner-up: Sound of Metal

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: Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Best Supporting Actress

Youn Yuh Jung (Minari)

Runner-up: Amanda Seyfried (Mank)

Best Supporting Actor

Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

Runner-up: Peter Macdissi (Uncle Frank)

Best Original Screenplay

Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)

Runner-up: Derek Cianfrance, Abraham Marder and Darius Marder (Sound of Metal) / Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) / Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller (The Father)

Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman (I'm Thinking of Ending Things)

Best Cinematography

Joshua James Richards (Nomadland)

Runner-up: Erik Messerschmidt (Mank)

Best Editing

Andy Canny (The Invisible Man)

Runner-up: Alan Baumgarten (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Best Production Design

Donald Graham Burt (Mank)

Runner-up: Molly Hughes (I'm Thinking of Ending Things) / Shane Valentino (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Best Costumes

Alexandra Byrne (Emma.)

Runner-up: Erin Benach (Birds of Prey: and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Best Visual Effects


Runner-up: The Invisible Man

Best Use of Music


Runner-up: David Byrne's American Utopia / Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Ensemble

One Night in Miami

Runner-up: The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Animated Film


Runner-up: Over the Moon

Best Documentary


Runner-up: The Social Dilemma

Best International Film

The Life Ahead

Runner-up: The Platform

Best Breakthrough Artist

Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version)

Runner-up: Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)

Best Comedic Performance

Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version)

Runner-up: Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) / Bill Murray (On the Rocks)

Best Body of Work

Steve McQueen (Small Axe)


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