Nomadland Wins Top Honors from Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics


The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, of which our own Alex Bentley is a member, voted Nomadic country as the best film of 2020.

The results of the DFWFCA’s 27th Annual Critics’ Poll released on February 10, a relatively late date to accommodate films released later in the extended awards season, which officially ends on February 28.

Nomadic country, written and directed by Chloe Zhao and starring Frances McDormand, won the most awards, Zhao also taking home the award for best director and Joshua James Richards for best photography. The film, which is now hitting IMAX theaters, will hit regular theaters and debut on Hulu on February 19.

The DFWFCA was also enamored of Promising young woman, which ranked # 2 on the Best Movies list (it was # 1 on CultureMap’s list). The group awarded writer / director Emerald Fennell the award for best screenplay and named star Carey Mulligan as best actress.

The list of top directors was dominated by women, with Zhao, Fennell and One night in MiamiRegina King took the top three places, followed by David Fincher for man and Aaron Sorkin for The Chicago 7 trial.

Other acting awards went to Chadwick Boseman for Best Actor in Ma Rainey’s black stockings; Daniel Kaluuya for Best Supporting Actor Judas and the Black Messiah; and Amanda Seyfried for Best Supporting Actress man.

Other rewards included Minari for the best foreign language film; Time for the best documentary; Soul for the best animated film; and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for the best musical score for man. Minari also received the Russell Smith Award for Best Low Budget or Cutting Edge Independent Film.

Following Nomadic country and Promising young woman, the rest of the top 10 movies in order were The Chicago 7 trial, Minari, One night in Miami, man, Ma Rainey’s black stockings, The sound of metal, Da 5 bloods, and First cow.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association is made up of 32 broadcast, print and online journalists from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


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