Chadwick Boseman Shines in Best Houston Film Critics Nominations

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All in all, 2020 has been a very unusual year for movies. The pandemic has forced many highly anticipated films to postpone their release dates or release them on a streaming service (or, in the case of Christopher Nolan Principlehit theaters anyway and die an embarrassing death at the box office).

Nonetheless, many smaller independent films have found their way onto streaming platforms and on-demand services, and these films will be celebrated at this year’s 14th annual. Houston Film Critics Awardnominated and voted by the Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS).

At the top of the list is minari, director Lee Isaac Chung’s study of a Korean family starting a farm in Arkansas. The film is nominated for seven accolades, including Best Picture of 2020.

In addition to the best picture, minari is nominated for Best Director, Best Actor (Steve Yeun), Best Supporting Actress (Youn Yuh-jung), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and a Film Achievement honor for seven-year-old actor Alan S.Kim.

Following the film in the overall nominations is The sound of metal with six nods, including Best Picture, while three films — nomadland, One night in Miami and The Chicago 7 Trial — received five nominations each, including Best Picture. The other contenders for this supreme prize are Da 5 Bloods, the Dad, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, promising young woman, and Soulwhich is also nominated for Best Animated Feature.

“From a year that most of us would like to forget, comes an impressive collection of films that we will always remember,” HFCS President Doug Harris said in a statement. “For the film industry, 2020 will be remembered just as much by works that have nourished our souls as by how world events have changed filmmaking habits. The impact of artistic expression from this year’s nominees reminds us that the size of a screen, or where we see it, matters less than the quality of what we see.

The late Chadwick Boseman is a double nominee for lead actor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Best Supporting Actor for Da 5 Bloods. His performance in the header category joins Yeun, Riz Ahmed (The sound of metal), Anthony Hopkins (The father) and Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods). Sacha Baron Cohen (The Chicago 7 Trial), Bill Murray (On the rocks), Leslie Odom, Jr (One night in Miami) and Paul Raci (The sound of metal) are also nominated for supporting honors.

Competing for the 2020 Leading Actress Award are Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always; Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of woman; Frances McDormand, nomadland; and Carey Mulligan, Promising young woman. Along with Yuh-jung, the nominees for Supporting Actress honor are Maria Bakalova, Borat Next Movie; Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of woman; Olivia Colman, The father; and Amanda Seyfried, male.

Three directors — Chloé Zhao (nomadland), Regina King (One night in Miami) and Emerald Fennell (Promising young woman) – are also nominated for Best Director.

Some 18 categories of cinematic excellence will be recognized by the prestigious body of film journalists and announced on January 18. The winning films, as well as the nominees and winners of the Society’s Texas Independent Film Awards, will be highlighted during the Society’s awards premiere television programming on Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. on Houston’s KUBE-TV.

Houston Film Critics Society Nominations

(Winners of Outstanding Cinematic Achievement, Best Movie Poster and Society Achievement Award will be announced at a later date)

Best Picture

Da 5 Bloods

The father

minari

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

nomadland

One night in Miami

Promising young woman

Soul

The sound of metal

The Chicago 7 Trial

Best Director

Lee Isaac Chung, minari

Chloe Zhao, nomadland

Regina King, One night in Miami

Emerald Fennel, Promising young woman

Darius Marder, The sound of metal

Aaron Sorkin, The Chicago 7 Trial

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Rice Ahmed, The sound of metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The father

Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods

Steven Yeun, minari

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of woman

Frances McDormand, nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising young woman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods

Sasha Baron Cohen, The Chicago 7 Trial

Bill Murray, On the rocks

Leslie Odom Jr. One night in Miami

Paul Raci, The sound of metal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova, Borat Next Movie

Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of woman

Olivia Colman, The father

Amanda Seyfried, male

Youn Yuhjung, minari

Best Screenplay

minari

nomadland

One night in Miami

Promising young woman

The sound of metal

The Chicago 7 Trial

Best Animated Film

The Croods: A New Era

Ahead

above the moon

Soul

wolf walkers

Best Cinematography

male

minari

world news

nomadland

Principle

Best Documentary Feature

state of the boys

Collective

dick johnson is dead

My octopus teacher

Weather

Better foreign language functionality

another round (Denmark)

Bacura (Brazil/France)

Bean (Russia)

La Llorona (Guatemala)

A sun (Taiwan)

Best Original Score

male

The midnight sky

world news

Soul

Principle

Best Original Song

“Turntables” of All In: The Fight for Democracy

“Lo Si” from The life to come

“Talk now” about One night in Miami

“Rocket to the Moon” by above the moon

“Wear Your Crown” from Prom

Best Visual Effects

Principle

The invisible Man

The midnight sky

Best Stunt Coordination Team

Birds of prey

Mulane

The old guard

Principle

Wonder Woman 1984

Texas Independent Film Awards

state of the boys

Miss Juneteenth

Ready or Not

The immensity of the night

A yellow rose

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