Tuesday, October 19

US critics push ‘Nomadland’ as Oscars favorite

Joaquin Phoenix, at the 2020 Oscars gala.

Joaquin Phoenix, at the 2020 Oscars gala.

There are still more than four months left in one of the races at Oscar more atypical than are remembered, but the associations of American critics these days have driven the moviefrom the Hollywood Academy. “Nomadland” took home the best film of 2020 from the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) and the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA). Additionally, “Nomadland” was a finalist in that same category of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) awards.

The case of the Los Angeles awards has its crumb as they chose “Small Ax” as the best film of the year, a television series made up of five films directed by Steve McQueen and which, except for last minute changes, will be able to compete in the Emmys but not at the Oscars.

The options of “Nomadland” in the great gala of the cinema are even clearer in the section of best direction, since Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao played poker in this category by winning the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) awards and those of her colleagues in Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago.

These accolades are in addition to “Nomadland’s” successful passage through the festival circuit, where he won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and where he also won the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Starring Frances McDormand, “Nomadland” tells the story of a woman who hits the road in America to live in a motorhome after losing her job and her husband.

Posthumous Oscar for Chadwick Boseman?

Another name that figures with increasing weight for the Hollywood awards season is that of Chadwick Boseman, the star of “Black Panther” (2018) and who died in August at age 43 due to cancer.

Thanks to “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, which was his last film, Boseman posthumously won the best actor award from critics in Los Angeles and Chicago. He also triumphed at the critics’ awards in New York, which instead awarded him best supporting actor for the same film.

As for the actresses, Sidney Flanigan (“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”) pide paso after winning the award for best female performer from critics in New York and Boston.

From there, the situation is more uncertain with many films and artists looking for space. For example, “First Cow” took home the best picture award at the NYFCC honors, which recognized Delroy Lindo (“Da 5 Bloods”) as best actor. Carey Mulligan won the LAFCA Best Actress Award for “Promising Young Woman.” The Boston critics gave the best actor award to a veteran like Anthony Hopkins for his role in “The Father.” And Chicago journalists awarded Frances McDormand Best Actress for “Nomadland.”

The 93rd edition of the Oscars will be held on April 25, 2021 after they were delayed for two months, like the rest of Hollywood awards, to adapt to the exceptional context of the pandemic that has kept theaters closed for months. For this reason, the Oscars will also allow this time films that have only been released online are eligible for the statuettes.


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