AceShowbiz - "Nomadland" has solidified itself as a strong Oscar contender following its big win at the 26th Critics Choice Awards. The film adaptation of Jessica Bruder's non-fiction book led the pack of movie winners at the Sunday, March 7 event, nabbing four awards.
The drama was hailed as Best Picture, edging out other nominees which included "Da 5 Bloods", "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", "Mank", "Minari" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7" among others. Its lead actress Frances McDormand, however, failed to secure the Best Actress gong, which was won by Carey Mulligan for her performance in "Promising Young Woman".
Through "Nomadland", Chloe Zhao also won her first Critics Choice Award for Best Director, after making history as the second woman and first Asian woman to win the category at the recent Golden Globe Awards. Zhao also won Best Adapted Screenplay for her work on the movie, which earned its fourth award that night in Best Cinematography category for Joshua James Richards.
Trailing behind "Nomadland" was "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" with three wins. It successfully helped Chadwick Boseman score Best Actor award posthumously and earned Best Costume Design prize for Ann Roth. The third recognition received by the movie was for Best Hair and Makeup.
Fellow Best Picture nominees "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and "Minari" landed two awards each. The former got the honor for Best Acting Ensemble as well as Best Editing by Alan Baumgarten (tied with "Sound of Metal" - Mikkel E. G. Nielsen), while the latter was named Best Foreign Language Film and led Alan Kim to win the Best Young Actor/Actress title.
Best Original Screenplay went to "Promising Young Woman" scribe Emerald Fennell, while "Palm Springs" came out as Best Comedy Movie. "Mank", which led the nominations with 12, ended up bagging one award for Best Production Design (Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale).
That night also saw Zendaya Coleman being presented with SeeHer Award, in addition to "The Crown" winning big in TV categories. Taye Diggs hosted the Critics Choice Awards for the third consecutive time.
Full Movie Winner List at 2021 Critics Choice Awards: