The North Carolina Film Critics Association has announced their picks for the best of 2020 and, in something of a shock for anyone who has following the awards season up to this point, they did not give the best picture award to Nomadland.
Instead, they honored Minari!
And, to be honest, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I have anything against Nomadland or that I think Minari is the best picture of the year. I haven’t seen either film (though I hope to correct that soon) so I really don’t have an opinion on what deserves what. Instead, I’m just happy that the precursor love is getting spread around a little. Nomadland winning every single precursor contest was getting boring.
It’s a bit like the 2010 awards season, when The Social Network just kept winning over and over again. When one of the precursor groups gave their price to The Kids Are All Right instead, I was like, “Finally! Something different!” It didn’t matter what I personally didn’t care much for The Kids Are All Right. What was important was that we had at least gotten some variety.
You can see North Carolina’s nominees by clicking here. And you can find the winners below!
Best Narrative Film — Minari
Best Documentary Film — Dick Johnson is Dead
Best Animated Film — Soul
Best Foreign Language Film — Another Round
Best Director — Chloe Zhao for Nomadland
Best Cinematography — Joshua James Richards for Nomadland
Best Actor — Delroy Lindo in Da 5 Bloods
Best Actress — Frances McDormand in Nomadland
Best Supporting Actor — Sacha Baron Cohen in The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Supporting Actress — Youn Yuh-jung in Minari
Best Original Screenplay — Lee Isaac Chung for Minari
Best Adapted Screenplay — Chloe Zhao for Nomadland
Best Special Effects — Tenet
Best Music — Soul
Ken Hanke Memorial Tar Heel Award — Will Patton (actor, Minari)
Best Restoration — The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner Bros.)