2021 Awards: San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS) Winners


Here are the winners for the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Check out more about the SDFCS.

The 40-Year-Old Version, Sound of Metal, Minari, Nomadland, and Promising Young Woman all led with 2 wins each.

Best Picture – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Runner-Up: Sound of Metal

Promising Young Woman': Film Review - Variety

Best Director – Chloe Zhao, NOMADLAND

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

Best Actor – Riz Ahmed, SOUND OF METAL

Runner-Up: Anthony Hopkins, THE FATHER

MC And Actor Riz Ahmed Embraces A New Kind Of Role In 'Sound Of Metal' |  WBFO

Best Actress – Carey Mulligan, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Runner-Up: Frances McDormand, NOMADLAND

Promising Young Woman (2020) - IMDb

Best Supporting Actor – Paul Raci, SOUND OF METAL

Runner-Up: Peter Macdissi, UNCLE FRANK

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

Best Supporting Actress – Youn Yuh-jung, MINARI

Runner-Up: Amanda Seyfried, MANK

Yuh-Jung Youn on 'Minari,' Shooting with Lee Isaac Chung | IndieWire

Best Comedic Performance – Radha Blank, THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION

Runner-Up: Maria Bakalova, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM, Bill Murray, ON THE ROCKS

The Forty-Year-Old Version' Review: Rapper's Delight - The New York Times

Best Original Screenplay – Lee Isaac Chung, MINARI

Runner-Up: Emerald Fennell, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, Darius Marder, Abraham Marder, Derek Cianfrance, SOUND OF METAL, Aaron Sorkin, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Golden Globes: 'Minari,' 'Promising Young Woman,' 'Borat' Make Changes -  Variety

Best Adapted Screenplay – Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller, THE FATHER

Runner-Up: Charlie Kaufman, I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

The Father' Sets New Release Date - Variety

Best Documentary – TIME

Runner Up: THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

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

Best Animated Film – WOLFWALKERS

Runner Up: OVER THE MOON

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

Best International Film – THE LIFE AHEAD

Runner-Up: THE PLATFORM

Sophia Loren Returns To The Screen For The Life Ahead | Movies | Empire

Best Editing – Andy Canny, THE INVISIBLE MAN

Runner-Up: Alan Baumgarten, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

The Invisible Man haunts us the way abusers always have - The Verge

Best Cinematography – Joshua James Richards, NOMADLAND

Runner-Up: Erik Messerschmidt, MANK

Nomadland Trailer: Frances McDormand Heads West – /Film

Best Production Design – Donald Graham Burt, MANK

Runner-Ups: Molly Hughes, I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, Shane Valentino, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

David Fincher's 'Mank' Trailer Debuts

Best Visual Effects – TENET

Runner-Up: THE INVISIBLE MAN

Tenet: Christopher Nolan Didn't Show Films That Inspired Him to Cast |  IndieWire

Best Costumes – Alexandra Byrne, EMMA.

Runner-Up: Erin Benach, BIRDS OF PREY

Emma.' star and director on updating Jane Austen's text through blood and  tears | Fortune

Best Use of Music – HAMILTON

Runner-Ups: DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA, MA RAINEY’s BLACK BOTTOM

Hamilton” and the Hip-Hop Case for Progressive Heroism | The New Yorker

Best Ensemble – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Runner-Up: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

One Night in Miami movie review (2020) | Roger Ebert

Breakthrough Artist – Radha Blank, THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION

Runner-Up: Riz Ahmed, SOUND OF METAL

Radha Blank Explains the Fact & Fiction of The Forty Year Old Version |  IndieWire

Body of Work – Steve McQueen, The SMALL AXE film series (MANGROVE, LOVER’S ROCK, RED WHITE AND BLUE, ALEX WHEATLE, EDUCATION)

Watch Small Axe - Season 1 | Prime Video

Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.

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