Sound of Metal leads Greater Western New York critics' 2020 award nominations


Riz Ahmed in Darius Marder's Sound of Metal
Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Darius Marder's Sound of Metal is the surprise leader in the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association's 2020 award nominations. The popular indie drama amassed eight nods from the GWNYFCA, including acting mentions for Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci. Also proving successful with voters are some less surprising picks such as Kelly Reichardt's First Cow, Chloe Zhao's Nomadland and Steve McQueen's Small Axe installment Lovers Rock. Winners are due to be announced on the 31st of December. Check it all out below:


Best Picture

  • Da 5 Bloods

  • Driveways

  • The Father

  • First Cow

  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things

  • Lovers Rock

  • Mank

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

  • Nomadland

  • Sound of Metal


Best Foreign Language Film

  • Another Round (Denmark)

  • Bacurau (Brazil)

  • Ema (Chile)

  • Minari (United States)

  • Undine (Germany)


Best Animated Film

  • Onward

  • Soul

  • The Wolf House

  • Wolfwalkers

  • World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime


Best Documentary

  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

  • Boys State

  • Collective

  • Dick Johnson is Dead

  • Time


Best Director

  • Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods

  • Darius Marder, Sound of Metal

  • Steve McQueen, Lovers Rock

  • Kelly Reichardt, First Cow

  • Chloé Zhao, Nomadland


Best Lead 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 Lead Actress

  • Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

  • Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

  • Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

  • Frances McDormand, Nomadland

  • Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman


Best Supporting Actor

  • Sasha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

  • Brian Dennehy, Driveways

  • Bill Murray, On the Rocks

  • Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

  • Paul Raci, Sound of Metal


Best Supporting Actress

  • Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

  • Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of a Woman

  • Olivia Colman, The Father

  • Amanda Seyfried, Mank

  • Youn Yuh-jung, Minari


Best Original Screenplay

  • Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, Driveways

  • Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

  • Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

  • Darius Marder and Abraham Marder, Sound of Metal


Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Eleanor Catton, Emma.

  • Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, The Father

  • Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt, First Cow

  • Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things

  • Chloé Zhao, Nomadland


Best Cinematography

  • Christopher Blauvelt, First Cow

  • Erik Messerschmidt, Mank

  • Martin Ruhe, The Midnight Sky

  • Joshua James Richards, Nomadland

  • Shabier Kirchner, Lovers Rock


Best Editing

  • Andy Canny, The Invisible Man

  • Kirk Baxter, Mank

  • Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

  • Mikkel E. G. Nielsen, Sound of Metal

  • Alan Baumgarten, The Trial of the Chicago 7


Best Score

  • Terence Blanchard, Da 5 Bloods

  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mank

  • Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky

  • Emile Mosseri, Minari

  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Soul


Best Breakthrough Performer

  • Kiera Allen, Run

  • Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

  • Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

  • Talia Ryder, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

  • Isabel Sandoval, Lingua Franca


Best Breakthrough Director

  • Max Barbakow, Palm Springs

  • Radha Blank, The Forty-Year Old Version

  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

  • Darius Marder, Sound of Metal

  • Florian Zeller, The Father

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