Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Big Winners Include ‘Nomadland,’ ‘Sound of Metal,’ and ‘The Father’

The members of the Boston Society of Film Critics spent the majority of their Sunday voting for the winners of film awards for 2020. The group, which is made up of 26 film critics and journalists from the Boston area, came together to decide on which films they thought were the best 2020 had to offer. This is one of the first organizations to announce this year. The announcement comes a few weeks after the Gotham Nominations and the Sunset Circle Awards. The Boston Society of Film Critics was formed in 1981 and has become a major player when it comes to predicting the Oscars.

A full list of winners can be found below:

Best Picture: “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
Runner up: “First Cow” (A24)

Best Director: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
Runner up: Kelly Reichardt, “First Cow” (A24)

Best Actor: Anthony Hopkins, “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Runner up: Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)

Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus Features)
Runner up: Julia Garner, “The Assistant” (Bleecker Street)

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
Runner up: Brian Dennehy, “Driveways” (FilmRise)

Best Supporting Actress:  Yuh-jung Youn, “Minari” (A24)
Runner up: Amanda Seyfried, “Mank” (Netflix)

Best Screenplay: “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (Netflix) – Charlie Kaufman
Runner up: “First Cow” (A24) – Kelly Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond

Best Cinematography: “Nomadland” – Joshua James Richards (Searchlight Pictures)
Runner up: Shabier Kirchner, “Lovers Rock” (Amazon Studios)

Best Non-English Language Film (awarded in memory of Jay Carr): “La llorona” – Jayro Bustamante (Shudder)
Runner up: “The Painted Bird” – Václav Marhoul (IFC Films)

Best Documentary: “Collective” – Alexander Nanau (Magnolia Pictures and Participant)
Runner up: “The Painter and the Thief” – Benjamin Ree (Neon)

Best Animated Film: “The Wolf House” – Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña (Kimstim Films)
Runner up: “Wolfwalkers” – Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart (Apple TV Plus/GKIDS)

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer): “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” – Robert Frazen (Netflix)
Runner up: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy): “The Father” – Florian Zeller (Sony Pictures Classics)
Runner up: Autumn de Wilde, “Emma” (Focus Features)

Best Ensemble Cast: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
Runner up: “Minari” (A24)

Best Original Score: Emile Mosseri, “Minari” (A24)
Runner up: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “Mank” (Netflix)

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Born in New Jersey, Scott Menzel has been watching film and television since he was three years old. Growing up, he watched as many movies as he could and was highly influenced by the films of Tim Burton, John Hughes, Robert Zemeckis, and Steven Spielberg. Scott has an Associate's Degree in Marketing, a Bachelor's in Mass Media, Communications, and a Master's in Electronic Media. He has been writing film reviews under the alias of MovieManMenzel since 2003 and started his writing career as a contributing critic at and In 2009, Scott launched where he posted several of his film reviews but in 2011 decided to shut down the site when he launched We Live In 2015, We Live Film became We Live Entertainment. The domain name change occurred after months of debate but was done so that he and his fellow staff members could write about anything and everything in the world of entertainment.

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