2021 Awards: National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) Winners


A note about how the National Society of Film Critics does their ballots

  • Voting is conducted via a weighted ballot system. On the first ballot, members vote for their top three choices (first choice = 3 points, second choice = 2 points, third choice = 1 point). The nominee that receives the most points and appears on a majority of ballots wins.
  • If no winner is declared on the first ballot, the category goes to a second ballot, this time without the proxies. Voting continues with as many rounds as needed until a nominee receives the most points and appears on a majority of ballots.

The National Society of Film Critics announced their winners for their 2021 Awards.

Find out more about the NSFC.

Nomadland led the way with 4 wins including Picture, Director, Actress, and Cinematography.

Picture: NOMADLAND (52 points)

Nomadland (2020) - IMDb

Runners-up: FIRST COW (50 points) and NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS (41 points)

Director: Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND (58 points)

With quiet humanity, Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' makes noise

Runners-up: Steve McQueen, SMALL AXE (41 points) and Kelly Reichardt, FIRST COW (30 points)

Actor: Delroy Lindo, DA 5 BLOODS (52 points)

Delroy Lindo deserves an Oscar for his performance in 'Da 5 Bloods' -  Insider

Runners-up: Chadwick Boseman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (47 points) and Riz Ahmed, SOUND OF METAL (32 points)

Best Actress: Frances McDormand, NOMADLAND (46 points)

Nomadland review: Frances McDormand drama is a masterpiece | EW.com

Runners-up: Viola Davis, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (33 points) and Sidney Flanigan, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS (29 points)

Supporting Actor: Paul Raci, SOUND OF METAL (53 points)

Sound of Metal”: Paul Raci Talks Deaf Casting and His Own Demons | IndieWire

Runners-up: Glynn Turman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (36 points) and Chadwick Boseman, DA 5 BLOODS (35 points)

Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM (47 points)

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

Runners-up: Amanda Seyfried, MANK (40 points) and Youn Yuh-jung, MINARI (33 points)

Screenplay: Eliza Hittman, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS (38 points)

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

Runners-up: Jon Raymond and Kelly Reichardt, FIRST COW (35 points) and Charlie Kaufman, I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (29 points)

Cinematography: Joshua James Richards, NOMADLAND (47 points)

TIFF 2020: 'Nomadland' Review – 812filmReviews

Runners-up: Shabier Kirchner, LOVERS ROCK (41 points) and Leonardo Simões, VITALINA VARELA (34 points

Foreign-Language Film: COLLECTIVE (38 points)

Collective' Review: Romanian Exposé Has Universal Resonance - Variety

Runners-up: BACURAU and BEANPOLE (36 points) and VITALINA VARELA (32 points)

Nonfiction Film: TIME (46 points)

Time movie review & film summary (2020) | Roger Ebert

Runners-up: CITY HALL (28 points) COLLECTIVE (22 points)

Film Heritage:

  • Women Make Movies, which, since the 1970s, has been releasing daring and distinctive female-directed movies that more conventional distributors wouldn’t touch.
Home | Women Make Movies
  • Film Comment, founded in 1962 and currently on hiatus, which has long been the most substantial and wide-ranging American film magazine.
Film Comment Magazine Goes on Hiatus Amid Layoffs - Variety
  • The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA, among America’s premier repertory houses, showing arthouse movies steadily since 1953, and holding strong in continuing the time-honored tradition of daily double features.
Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA - Cinema Treasures

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