Bay Area Film Critics Pay Tribute to ‘Nomadland,’ Chadwick Boseman


“Nomadland,” the highly acclaimed drama starring Frances McDormand as a woman traveling the American West in a pickup truck following the Great Recession, has been named Best Picture of 2020 by the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle. .

The film — which is based on the 2017 nonfiction book, “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century,” by Jessica Bruder — also won three other major awards from the organization. Chloé Zhao triumphed in the director and editing categories and McDormand was named best actress. “Nomadland” also received an honorable mention for the film work of Joshua James Richards.

“Nomadland” premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, snagging the Golden Lion award, then winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival later that month. It’s slated to get a full theatrical release — whatever that may end up mean in the COVID era — in February.

“First Cow” and “Soul” were among the other top films honored by the Bay Area Critics’ Circle. Pixar’s “Soul” won in the animated film category. Chadwick Boseman, the “Black Panther” superstar who died of colon cancer in August at the age of 43, was nominated for best actor for his work in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” And filmmaker Dawn Porter won the prestigious Marlon Riggs Award, which is given to Bay Area filmmakers or people who exemplify courage and innovation.

“She had not one, but two hard-hitting films that couldn’t be more timely in this political climate: ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’ and ‘The Way I See It’,” Critics’ Circle announced.

The list of winners — which the Bay Area Film Critics Circle announced on Monday — is included below. Learn more about the other nominees at

2020 SFBAFCC Awards for Achievement in Film:

Best Picture

“Nomadic Land”

Honorable Mention: “First Cow”

Best Director

Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”

Best Original Screenplay

Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”

Honorable Mention: Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”

Best Adapted Screenplay

Kelly Reichardt, Jonathan Raymond, “First Cow”

Best actor

Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Best Actress

Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”

Honorable Mention: Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”

Best Supporting Actor

Paul Raci, “The Sound of Metal”

Best Supporting Actress

Youn Yuh-jung, “Minari”

Best Animated Film


Best Foreign Language Film

“Another Round”

Best Documentary


Honorable Mention: “Boys State”

Best Cinematography

Christopher Blauvelt, “First Cow”

Honorable Mention: Joshua James Richards, “Nomadland”

Best Production Design

Production designer Anthony Gasparro, production designer Vanessa Knoll for “First Cow”

Best Film Editing

Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”

Best Original Score

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “Soul”

Special citation for independent cinema

“La Llorona” (tie)

“Sh*thouse” (tie)

Marlon Riggs Award



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