2021 Toronto Film Critics’ Awards: ‘Nomadland’ wins best picture

Eternals filmmaker Chloé Zhao shined at the 24th Toronto Film Critics’ Awards. Her Nomadland won top prizes, including the best picture!

According to Variety, Nomadland won the best picture and best director for Eternals filmmaker Chloé Zhao. The Indie drama stars Oscar winner Frances McDormand in the lead role.

Since its release, the film has continuously kept a significant momentum of receiving substantial critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, it’s currently sitting with a near-perfect score of 95 percent at the time of writing.

“Nomadland” team shines in Toronto Film awards

Although there were many heavyweights in the race, the Chloé Zhao directorial outperformed every other competitor. With this, it appears to be a potential frontrunner for April’s Oscars as well.

Nomadland won the best picture, and Zhao took the honor of best director. And Frances McDormand won the best actress trophy. In brief, the film tells the story of a woman who travels through the American West after losing everything during the recession.

The title was initially released last year in France during Christmas eve.

Other notable winners include Minari, Wolfwalkers, and The Forty-Year-Old-Version. Late actor Chadwick Boseman’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was also on the list of potential, empathic winners. However, it eventually ended up as the runners-up.

As an emerging artist, Kelly Fyffe-Marshall took home the trophy of Jay Scott prize. Her short film Black Bodies received global acclaim upon its release last year. The award takes its name from the late Globe & Mail critic, who promoted young filmmakers.

Here are all the winners and runners-up of the Toronto Film Critics’ Awards (TFCA):

Best Picture

WINNER
Nomadland
RUNNERS-UP
First Cow
Minari

Actor

WINNER
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
RUNNERS-UP
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mads Mikkelsen – Another Round

Best Actress

WINNER
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
RUNNERS-UP
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Sidney Flanigan – Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Supporting Actor

WINNER
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah
RUNNERS-UP
Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami
Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Movie film
RUNNERS-UP
Olivia Colman – The Father
Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Director

WINNER
Chloé Zao – Nomadland
RUNNERS-UP
Kelly Reichardt – First Cow
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Screenplay

WINNER
Minari
RUNNERS-UP
Nomadland
Sound of Metal

Best First Feature

WINNER
The Forty-Year-Old Version
RUNNERS-UP
The Father
Promising Young Woman

Animated Feature

WINNER
Wolfwalkers
RUNNERS-UP
Soul
The Willoughbys

Best International Film

WINNER
Bacurau
RUNNERS-UP
Another Round
Beanpole

Documentary

WINNER
Collective
RUNNERS-UP
Time
Crip Camp
David Byrne’s American Utopia

Rogers Best Canadian Film

WINNER
And the Birds Rained Down
RUNNERS-UP
Anne at 13,000 Ft.
White Lie

Clyde Gilmour Award

Jason Ryle

Jay Scott Award

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

TFCA Emerging Critic Award

Mark Hanson
Rose Ho

 

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