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London Critics Circle Surrounds ‘Nomadland’ With Love

Frances McDormand in the film NOMADLAND. Photo by Joshua Richardson. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

While we still have another month to wait for the BAFTAs to reveal their final nominations (check out their longlists here), the London Critics’ Circle have handed out their 41st annual awards today, with Nomadland taking the top prize. Chloé Zhao’s life on the road movie was the big winner, picking up the awards for best film, best actress (Frances McDormand), and best screenplay (Zhao). 

While Zhao has won the large (very large) majority of critics’ prizes for best director this year, the LCC went in a different direction, handing that prize to Steve McQueen for his collective work on the Small Axe anthology. Must feel encouraging for Zhao to only be able to be beaten by someone who isn’t actually competing with her for the Oscar. 

Saint Maud, which has finally now seen its release in the US after an almost year long wait, also managed to scoop up three prizes, winning for British/Irish film of the year, breakthrough British/Irish filmmaker (Rose Glass), and British/Irish actress of the year (Morfydd Clark, also awarded for her performance in Eternal Beauty). 

See the full list of winners from the LCC below: 

Film of the year
Nomadland

Foreign-language film of the year

Another Round

Documentary of the year

Collective

The Attenborough Award: British/Irish film of the year

Saint Maud

Director of the year

Steve McQueen (Small Axe)

Screenwriter of the year

Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)

Actress of the year

Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Actor of the year

Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Supporting actress of the year

Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

Supporting actor of the year

Shaun Parkes (Mangrove)

British/Irish actress of the year (for body of work)

Morfydd Clark (Eternal BeautySaint Maud)

British/Irish actor of the year (for body of work)

Riz Ahmed (Mogul MowgliSound of Metal)

The Philip French Award: Breakthrough British/Irish filmmaker

Rose Glass (Saint Maud)

Young British/Irish performer

Bukky Bakray  (Rocks)

British/Irish short film

The Long Goodbye

Technical achievement

Rocks ( Lucy Pardee, casting)

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Written by Mitchell Beaupre

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