There are still more than four months left in one of the most atypical Oscars in memory, but the associations of American critics have recently promoted the film ‘Nomadland’ as a favorite for the Hollywood Academy statuettes, according to EFE .
‘Nomadland’ took home the best film of 2020 from the Boston Film Critics Society (BSFC) and the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA). In addition, it was a finalist in that same category of the awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).
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 consisting 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 cinema gala are even clearer in the section of best direction, since the Chinese director Chloé Zhao made poker in this category when she won in the awards of the New York Film Critics Circle ( NYFCC) and those of his colleagues in Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago.
These recognitions join the successful passage of ‘Nomadland’ 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 takes to the road in the United States to live in a motorhome after losing her job and her husband.
Another name that figures with more and more weight for the Hollywood awards season is that of Chadwick Boseman , the star of “Black Panther” (2018) and who died in August at the age of 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’) asks for passage after taking the award for the best female interpreter 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 the award for best picture in 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 reporters awarded Frances McDormand Best Actress for “Nomadland.”
The 93rd edition of the Oscars will be held on April 25, 2021 after being delayed for two months, like the rest of the Hollywood awards, to adapt to the exceptional context of the pandemic that has kept the rooms closed for months.
For this reason, the Oscars will also allow films that have only been released online to be eligible for the statuettes.