Detroit Film Critics Society: 2020 Award Nominations




The Detroit Film Critics Society is pleased to announce the BEST OF 2020* nominees and winners in thirteen categories. This year, due to the pandemic, the period for which a film could be released was extended through 2/28/21. Also included this year and not in the past are films that streamed because they could not be theatrically released. The Detroit Film Critics Society was founded in Spring 2007 and consists of a group of 18 film critics from Michigan who write or broadcast in the metro-Detroit area as well as other major cities including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Toledo, Ohio.


Each critic submitted their top 5 picks in the following 13 categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough in any category, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Documentary, Best Animated Feature, and Best Use of Music/Sound. From these submissions, each entry was given a point value and the top 5 in each category have been placed on the final ballot.


NOMADLAND was the big winner this year receiving 4 nominations and 4 wins for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. MINARI had 7 nominations (the most) and 3 wins for Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay. THE TRIAL OF CHICAGO 7 tied with SOUND OF METAL with 5 nominations each. SOUND OF METAL had one win for Best Use of Sound/Music. ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI received 4 nominations with no wins. The coveted Best Actor award went to Delroy Lindo in DA 5 BLOODS.


The DFCS would like to dedicate the awards this year to our longtime member that passed away in 2020 – Corey Hall.


See the full results below.



THE NOMINATIONS & WINNERS FOR 2020*

PICKED BY THE DETROIT FILM CRITICS SOCIETY

(in alphabetical order)


1. BEST PICTURE

  • FIRST COW

  • MINARI

  • NOMADLAND - WINNER

  • SOUND OF METAL

  • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

2. BEST DIRECTOR

  • LEE ISAAC CHUNG - MINARI

  • REGINA KING – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

  • SPIKE LEE – DA 5 BLOODS

  • AARON SORKIN – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

  • CHLOÉ ZHAO - NOMADLAND - WINNER

3. BEST ACTOR

  • RIZ AHMED – SOUND OF METAL

  • CHADWICK BOSEMAN – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

  • ANTHONY HOPKINS – THE FATHER

  • DELROY LINDO – DA 5 BLOODS - WINNER

  • STEVEN YEUN - MINARI

4. BEST ACTRESS

  • JESSIE BUCKLEY – I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

  • VIOLA DAVIS – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

  • VANESSA KIRBY – PIECES OF A WOMAN

  • FRANCES MCDORMAND - NOMADLAND - WINNER

  • CAREY MULLIGAN – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

· CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT - POSSESSOR

· SACHA BARON COHEN – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

· DANIEL KALUUYA – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH - WINNER

· LESLIE ODOM JR. – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

· PAUL RACI – SOUND OF METAL


6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • MARIA BAKALOVA – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM

  • ELLEN BURSTYN – PIECES OF A WOMAN

  • GLENN CLOSE – HILLBILLY ELEGY

  • OLIVIA COLMAN – THE FATHER

  • YUH-JUNG YOUN - MINARI - WINNER

7. BEST ENSEMBLE

  • DA 5 BLOODS

  • MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

  • MINARI - WINNER

  • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

  • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

8. BEST BREAKTHROUGH

  • MARIA BAKALOVA – ACTRESS - BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM - WINNER

  • JASMINE BATCHELOR – ACTRESS – THE SURROGATE

  • RADHA BLANK – ACTRESS/WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION

  • ORION LEE – ACTOR – FIRST COW

  • WUNMI MOSAKU – ACTRESS – HIS HOUSE

9. BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • CHARLIE KAUFMAN – I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

  • KEMP POWERS – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

  • KELLY REICHARDT, JONATHAN RAYMOND – FIRST COW

  • RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

  • CHLOÉ ZHAO - NOMADLAND - WINNER

10. BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • LEE ISAAC CHUNG - MINARI - WINNER

  • EMERALD FENNELL – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

  • SHAKA KING, WILL BERSON – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

  • DARIUS MARDER, ABRAHAM MARDER – SOUND OF METAL

  • AARON SORKIN – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

11. BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • ALL IN : FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY

  • BOYS STATE

  • DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD - WINNER

  • THE DISSIDENT

  • TIME

12. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • THE CROODS: A NEW AGE

  • ONWARD

  • OVER THE MOON

  • SOUL - WINNER

  • WOLFWALKERS

13. BEST USE OF MUSIC/SOUND

  • NEWS OF THE WORLD

  • POSSESSOR

  • SOUL

  • SOUND OF METAL -WINNER

  • TENET