2020 Awards: Greater Western New York Film Critics Association (GWNYFCA) Nominations


The nominations are in for the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association’s third annual end-of-year Film Awards. We’ve chosen the below films as our collective favorites after engaging in a weighted scale voting process for Best Picture and fifteen other major categories. Potential titles/artists were restricted to those films released theatrically in the United States during the 2020 calendar year (with a few exceptions due to pandemic complications).

Leading the way are SOUND OF METAL (8 nominations), NOMADLAND (6 nominations), and MANK, MINARI, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS, and THE FATHER (5 nominations each).

The 2020 GWNYFCA Film Awards NOMINEES:

BEST PICTURE:

  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Driveways
  • The Father
  • First Cow
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things
  • Mank
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Nomadland
  • Small Axe: Lovers Rock
  • Sound of Metal
Photo Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

  • Another Round (Denmark)
  • Bacurau (Brazil)
  • Ema (Chile)
  • Minari (United States)
  • Undine (Germany)

BEST ANIMATED FILM:

  • Onward
  • Soul
  • The Wolf House
  • Wolfwalkers
  • World of Tomorrow Episode Three

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
  • Boys State
  • Collective
  • Dick Johnson is Dead
  • Time
Dick Johnson in Dick Johnson is Dead. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix / 2020

BEST DIRECTOR:

  • Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods
  • Darius Marder, Sound of Metal
  • Steve McQueen, Small Axe: Lovers Rock
  • Kelly Reichardt, First Cow
  • Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

LEAD ACTOR:

  • Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Father
  • Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
  • Steven Yeun, Minari

LEAD ACTRESS:

  • Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
  • Frances McDormand, Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

SUPPORTING ACTOR:

  • Sasha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Brian Dennehy, Driveways
  • Bill Murray, On the Rocks
  • Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami …
  • Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

  • Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of a Woman
  • Olivia Colman, The Father
  • Amanda Seyfried, Mank
  • Youn Yuh-jung, Minari
MANK (2020) Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies and Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz. Cr: NETFLIX

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen, Driveways
  • Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
  • Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Darius Marder & Abraham Marder, Sound of Metal

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • Eleanor Catton, Emma.
  • Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller, The Father
  • Jonathan Raymond & Kelly Reichardt, First Cow
  • Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
  • Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  • Christopher Blauvelt, First Cow
  • Erik Messerschmidt, Mank
  • Martin Ruhe, The Midnight Sky
  • Joshua James Richards, Nomadland
  • Shabier Kirchner, Small Axe: Lovers Rock

BEST EDITING:

  • Andy Canny, The Invisible Man
  • Kirk Baxter, Mank
  • Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
  • Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, Sound of Metal
  • Alan Baumgarten, The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST SCORE:

  • Terence Blanchard, Da 5 Bloods
  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Mank
  • Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky
  • Emile Mosseri, Minari
  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Soul
Frances McDormand in the film NOMADLAND. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2020 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE:

  • Kiera Allen, Run
  • Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
  • Talia Ryder, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Isabel Sandoval, Lingua Franca

BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR:

  • Max Barbakow, Palm Springs
  • Radha Blank, The Forty-Year Old Version
  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
  • Darius Marder, Sound of Metal
  • Florian Zeller, The Father

Find out more about the GWNYFCA.

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