2020 Awards: Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC) Winners

MIAMI, FL – In a year marked by theater closings and remote viewings thanks to COVID-19 fears, the Florida Film Critics Circle awarded its Best Picture prize to FIRST COW. Kelly Reichardt’s adaptation of Jonathan Raymond’s The Half Life also scored a runner-up in the Best Actor category for John Magaro.

MINARI and NOMADLAND led in nominations with six apiece. The Circle awarded NOMADLAND the Best Actress award to Frances McDormand and Best Director to Chloé Zhao. Disney Pixar’s SOUL for Best Animated Film and Best Score (Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross/Jon Batiste), and MANK for Cinematography (Erik Messerschmidt) and Best Art Direction/Production (Dan Webster) also won two awards each. MINARI’s Lee Isaac Chung also won Best Original Screenplay. Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for playing the aging father opposite Olivia Colman in THE FATHER, Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his own play.

In the secondary acting categories, Maria Bakalova won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the mockumentary BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIE FILM, and Paul Raci Best Supporting Actor as the recovering alcoholic in SOUND OF METAL.

The Circle’s Breakout Award went to Sidney Flanigan as the young woman agonizing over an abortion in NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYSTENET’s Andrew Jackson lost Best Visual Design to Murray Barber for his work in Brandon Cronenberg’s horror film POSSESSOR.

Other noteworthy winners included LOS FUERTES, the Chilean drama about young men in love, in the Best Foreign Film category; and YOU DON’T NOMI, about the filming of the 1995 camp classic SHOWGIRLS, in Best Documentary.

The Florida Film Critics Circle also awards the Golden Orange each year to a person, film, or organization in Florida that embodies the essence of filmmaking in the Sunshine State.  This year’s winner was Maitland, Florida’s non-profit Enzian Theater, a strong voice for arthouse cinema.  Like all cinemas this year, it closed for a time and, once reopened, persevered with unique programming, reduced capacity and an expansion of an outdoor area.  In August, against the odds,  the theater  held the Florida Film Festival, arguably the first major in-person festival in the Southeast United States during the pandemic. Enzian managed to hold a combination in-person/virtual festival following CDC protocols safely. Lastly, the Enzian is hoping to build a second screen, which would represent a dramatic improvement to arthouse cinema in Central Florida. 

The Florida Film Critics Circle is an organization of 25 writers from Florida-based print and online publications. Founded in 1996, the FFCC strives to recognize outstanding work in film, further the cause of good movies, and maintain the highest level of professionalism among film critics in Florida. Allison Hazlett of FlickDirect has served as chair of the organization since the beginning of 2020.

Best Picture – First Cow

Runner up: Nomadland/Trial of the Chicago 7/Minari 

First Cow' Review: Kelly Reichardt Explores a Frontier Friendship - Variety

Best Actor – Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Runner up: John Magaro, First Cow

The Father (2020) - IMDb

Best Actress – Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Runners up: Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom/Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman 

Nomadland' Review: Frances McDormand Embraces Vagabond Life - Variety

Best Supporting Actor – Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Runner up: Brian Dennehy, Driveways 

Paul Raci (Sound of Metal): Boston critics winner and Oscars contender -  GoldDerby

Best Supporting Actress – Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent MovieFilm

Runner up: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Maria Bakalova Tells All About 'Borat 2' and Rudy Giuliani Scaring Her |  IndieWire

Best EnsembleMangrove

Runner up: The Trial of the Chicago 7

Mangrove Review | Movie - Empire

Best Director – Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Runner up: Kelly Reichardt, First CowAaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Searchlight Pictures Sets Premiere Events With Major Fall Film Festivals  For Chloé Zhao's “Nomadland” Followed By Fall 2020 Theatrical Release |  SHOOTonline

Best Original Screenplay – Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Runner up:  Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Minari' Director Lee Isaac Chung Tapped to Helm Live-Action 'Your Name' |  Hollywood Reporter

Best Adapted Screenplay – Charlie Kaufman, i’m thinking of ending things

Runners up: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland/ Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Charlie Kaufman approach to 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' - Los Angeles  Times

Best Cinematography – Erik Messerschmidt, Mank

Runner up: Shabier Kirchner, Lovers Rock

Mank' Official Trailer: Netflix Brings David Fincher Back to Theaters |  IndieWire

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – Murray Barber, Possessor

Runner up: Andrew Jackson, Tenet 

Possessor' Review: David Cronenberg's Son Has a Mind of His Own - Variety


Runner up: Adam Marshall, Lovers Rock

Nerding Out With David Fincher and His New Movie, 'Mank'

BEST SCORE – Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross/Jon Batiste, Soul

Runner up:  Ludwig Göransson, Tenet  

Soul's New Release Date Has Special Meaning For Pixar - CINEMABLEND


Runner up:  Dick Johnson is Dead

You Don't Nomi


Runner up:  Minari

Los fuertes: Amor con fecha de vencimiento | El Agente | Crítica de Cine


Runner up:  Wolfwalkers

Will 'Soul' Be The Next Animated Film To Cancel Its Theatrical Release?

BEST FIRST FILMPromising Young Woman

Runner up:  The Father

Promising Young Woman': Sundance Review | Reviews | Screen

BREAKOUT AWARD – Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Runner up: Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Never Rarely Sometimes Always' Review: Pointed Film Stays With You Forever  : NPR


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