2020 Awards: Chicago Indie Critics (CIC) Nominations

NINE NOMINATIONS FOR MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM LEAD ALL FILMS AS THE CHICAGO INDIE CRITICS ANNOUNCE THEIR NOMINEES FOR THEIR FIFTH ANNUAL AWARDS

Even in this challenging year, quality cinema still lived on! The Chicago Indie Critics have announced their nominees for their fifth annual film awards. The voting members completed ballots to select nominees in 23 categories. The CIC members will commence a final round of voting ending on January 1, 2021. The 2020 CIC Award winners will be announced on the evening of January 2, 2021 in an online presentation posted on their YouTube Channel.

Leading all films with an impressive nine nominations is Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom helmed by Best Director nominee George C. Wolfe and starring acting nominees Chadwick Boseman and Viola DavisFollowing next with seven nominations each was David Fincher’s Mank and Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, both also hailing from NetflixIn all, 45 different films are represented with nominations for the 2020 CIC Awards.  

Two awards of special recognition and interest are the annual Trailblazer and Impact Awards. The CIC’s Trailblazer Award honors the work of an artist who truly pushed the boundaries of the medium in terms of form and content. The Impact Award celebrates a person whose work during the past year or beyond made a positive influence on society. Beloved double-acting nominee Chadwick Boseman of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Da 5 Bloods and Nomadland filmmaker Chloe Zhao are included in both fields.

The other nominees this year for 2020 Trailblazer Award include filmmakers Radha Blank (The 40-Year-Old Version), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), and Steve McQueen (Small Axe). For the Impact Award, the late actor and female filmmaker are joined by Music Box Theatre general manager Ryan Oestreich, McHenry Outdoor Theater owner Scott H. Dehn, and documentarian Garrett Bradley (Time). 

Founded in 2016, the Chicago Indie Critics (formerly known as the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle) is a creative and engaging non-for-profit organization composed of unique, dedicated, and diversified film critics.  Its members are wide-ranging in experiences, backgrounds, tastes, and target audiences across both print and online platforms and publications. The CIC organized to share their personal assessments, commentaries, passions, and creativity in the vigilant effort to highlight the greatness and diversity found in both independent and mainstream films. While they originate in the Chicagoland area, the efforts of Chicago Indie Critics are to share, celebrate, and promote the rich artistic medium of film to audiences, fans, and eager minds across the nation and the world as an exemplary and upstanding pillar of intelligent print and broadcast journalism.


THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE 2020 CIC AWARDS:

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM (BUDGETS UNDER $20 MILLION)

THE FATHER

FIRST COW

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

NOMADLAND

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

BEST STUDIO FILM (BUDGETS OVER $20 MILLION)

DA 5 BLOODS

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MANK

SOUL

TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

ANOTHER ROUND

BACURAU

BEANPOLE

HIS HOUSE

THE LIFE AHEAD

BEST DOCUMENTARY

BOYS STATE

DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD

RISING PHOENIX

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

TIME

BEST ANIMATED FILM

ONWARD

OVER THE MOON

SOUL

THE WILLOUGHBYS

WOLFWALKERS

BEST DIRECTOR

Emerald Fennell, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Spike Lee, DA 5 BLOODS

George C. Wolfe, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Florian Zeller, THE FATHER

Chloe Zhao, NOMADLAND

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

MANK – Jack Fincher

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS – Eliza Hittman

PALM SPRINGS – Andy Siara

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN – Emerald Fennell

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Aaron Sorkin

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE FATHER – Florian Zeller

FIRST COW – Kelly Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS – Charlie Kaufman

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM – Ruben Santiago-Hudson

NOMADLAND – Chloe Zhao

BEST 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

BEST ACTRESS

Nicole Beharie, MISS JUNETEENTH

Viola Davis, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Sidney Flanigan, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

Frances McDormand, NOMADLAND

Carey Mulligan, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Chadwick Boseman, DA 5 BLOODS

Bo Burnham, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Sacha Baron Cohen, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Frank Langella, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Bill Murray, ON THE ROCKS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Maria Bakalova, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM

Olivia Colman, THE FATHER

Talia Ryder, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

Amanda Seyfried, MANK

Youn Yuh-jung, MINARI

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

DA 5 BLOODS

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MINARI

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

DA 5 BLOODS

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MANK

NOMADLAND

TENET

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MANK

TENET

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MANK

SYLVIE’S LOVE

BEST MAKEUP

BIRDS OF PREY

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

POSSESSOR

BEST EDITING

THE FATHER

NOMADLAND

TENET

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

WANDER DARKLY

BEST MUSICAL SCORE

MANK 

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

MINARI

SOUL

TENET

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Husavik” – EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA

“Loyal Brave True” – MULAN

“Speak Now” – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

“This Day” – JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

“Wuhan Flu” – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

THE INVISIBLE MAN

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

TENET

WONDER WOMAN 1984


SPECIAL AWARDS

TRAILBLAZER AWARD 

Honors the work of an artist who truly pushes the boundaries of the medium in terms of form and content

Radha Blank

Chadwick Boseman

Emerald Fennell

Steve McQueen

Chloe Zhao

IMPACT AWARD

Given to a person whose work has had a positive impact on society

Chadwick Boseman

Garrett Bradley

Scott H. Dehn

Ryan Oestreich

Chloe Zhao

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