Category: 93rd Oscars (2020)

Precursor: 41st London Critics Nominations (2020)

The first thing to remember about the London Critics is that they have separate awards for British & Irish actors and productions. This inevitably sways the tallies towards those kinds of films. The second is that their eligibility period is slightly wider, as any film that releases in the UK prior to the end of February are usually eligible and since studios release films internationally differently than in the US, some of these films (Les Misérables and Clemency for example were eligible for the 92nd Oscars and Rocks hasn’t even been released in the US at all) wouldn’t be eligible for the Oscars. The other thing to note is that because of the British Irish categories and the home turf advantage, some figures show up in the mainline nominations even though their Oscar chances are almost nil. This is true of About Endlessness, Rocks, and Saint Maud. What’s worse is that the blur between television and films were excepted by this group to recognize Steve McQueen’s Small Axe films even though the film specifically aired in the UK on the BBC.

Award Tallies

(8) Saint Maud
(6) Rocks
(5) Nomadland
(4) Lovers Rock, Mank, Promising Young Woman
(3) Collective, The Father, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Mangrove, The Mauritanian, Pieces of a Woman, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Awards

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Precursor: 30th Gotham Awards (2020)

Other than Nomadland in Best Feature, Riz Ahmed in Best Actor, and Time in Best Documentary (tied with A Thousand Cuts), none of these choices are really following any common path. This might be the farthest outside of the norm they’ve ever been.

The Awards

Best Feature

Nomadland

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Best Actress

Nicole Beharie – Miss Juneteenth

Best Screenplay

TIE:
The Forty-Year-Old Version
Fourteen

Best Documentary

TIE:
A Thousand Cuts
Time

Best International Feature

Identifying Features

Breakthrough Director Award

Andrew Patterson – The Vast of Night

Breakthrough Actor Award

Kingsley Ben-Adir – One Night in Miami

Gotham Award Data

Year Founded: 1979
First Awards: 1991 (30)

Precursor: 55th National Society of Film Critics Awards (2020)

Nomadland has swept the incredibly small and cliquish National Society of Film Critics. Several films got love, but Promising Young Woman, among others, was completely left out even in the screenplay category. With so few members, I would expect a fairly narrow set of films and they have certainly delivered that.

Award Tallies

(4) Nomadland

The Awards

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Precursor: 9th North Carolina Critics Awards (2020)

A respectable haul for Minari and Nomadland with Minari picking up an award that gives it a minor boost towards the Oscars.

Awards Tallies

(4) Minari, Nomadland
(2) Soul

The Awards

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Precursor: 14th Women Journalists Awards (2020)

Of the top four most honored films were directed, three were directed by women. It’s no surprise that the film dominating precursors, Nomadland, would win big here. It’s good to see some love for Promising Young Woman, though.

Awards Tallies

(6) Nomadland
(2) One Night in Miami, Promising Young Woman, Soul

The Awards

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Precursor: 14th Women Journalists Nominations (2020)

For the Women Film Journalists to nominate a strong slate of women is no surprise. For them to have a high chance of mirroring Oscar nominations is representative of a sea change in how cinema sees women as a creative force.

Nominations Tallies

(9) Nomadland
(8) One Night in Miami
(7) Promising Young Woman
(6) The Trial of the Chicago 7
(4) Mank, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Pieces of a Woman
(3) First Cow, Wolfwalkers

The Nominations

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93rd Oscars: Upcoming Precursors – January

Precursors to the Academy Awards come in many different types and they can appear all year from festivals and national awards to critics groups and other organization. Each month, we’ll take a look at all of the upcoming events that could have some small impact on the Oscars so you can plan out what to keep an eye on.
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Precursor: 9th North Carolina Critics Nominations (2020)

Giving traction to Da 5 Bloods and Minari, North Carolina’s film critics have helped deliver some variety to the awards season, even if only a touch of it.

Nominations Tallies

(7) Da 5 Bloods
(6) Nomadland
(5) Mank, Minari
(4) Promising Young Woman
(3) I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Tenet, The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Nominations

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Precursor: 12th Indiana Critics Awards (2020)

Looking more like followers than leaders, the noticeable absence of Promising Young Woman seems strange, especially with some of the titles they chose to include instead.

Awards Tallies

(4) Nomadland
(2) Da 5 Bloods

The Awards

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Precursor: 33rd Chicago Critics Awards (2020)

Nomadland emerged the big winner for this year’s Chicago Film Critics Awards, taking a supreme 5 awards with nearest competitor Never Rarely Sometimes Always only claiming 2.

Award Tallies

(5) Nomadland
(2) Never Rarely Sometimes Always

The Awards

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Precursor: 24th Florida Critics Awards (2020)

Following in the footsteps of New York with a little Los Angeles thrown in, Florida Film Critics have chosen First Cow as best film, but selected Small Axe: Lovers Rock for runner-up in a couple of categories. Beyond that, things seem to be following a rather predictable path so far this year.

Awards Tallies

(2) Mank, Nomadland, Soul

The Awards

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Precursor: 46th Los Angeles Critics Awards (2020)

There’s going to be some major discussions this year about Small Axe, a production that is being submitted to the Emmys by Netflix, but which this group chose to recognize with two awards. It’s a strange decision to make, though it’s nice to see Carey Mulligan get her first award of the year.

Awards Tallies

(2) Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Small Axe

The Awards

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Precursor: 9th Boston Online Critics Awards (2020)

Boston’s online film critics really responded to Nomadland, which may be turning into the critical darling of the year.

Awards Tallies

(5) Nomadland

The Awards

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Precursor: 33rd Chicago Critics Nominations (2020)

Promising Young Woman comes out strong for the first time while First Cow and Nomadland continue to perform well. Da 5 Bloods gets some love and the TV/film dichotomy gets another shot in the arm with several nominations for Lovers Rock.

Nominations Tallies

(7) Nomadland
(6) Da 5 Bloods, First Cow, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
(5) Mank, Promising Young Woman
(4) Lovers Rock, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
(3) Minari, One Night in Miami, Soul, Sound of Metal, Tenet

The Nominations

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Precursor: 86th New York Critics Awards (2020)

The New York Film Critics Circle went all out to change the narrative, with the exception of keeping the boat moored at the Chloe Zhao directorial slot. Everything else was largely new with Da 5 Bloods and Never Rarely Sometimes Always the only films to earn multiple citations.

Award Tallies

(2) Da 5 Bloods, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

The Awards

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