The Black Film Critics Circle have named Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom the best film of 2020, also awarding it Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman) and Best Adapted Screenplay to Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
Regina King (One Night in Miami) tied in Best Director with Chloé Zhao for Nomadland. This is King’s first best director win of the critics’ season. King’s film also took home the wins for Best Supporting Actor (Leslie Odom, Jr.) and Best Ensemble. Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari was named Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Youn Yuh-jung) and was the #2 film of the year on the group’s ranked top 10 list.
The BFCC is comprised of 25 members who are all “film critics of color from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, radio, television and qualifying online publication.”
Three special awards were given this year: the Pioneer Award to MLK/FBI director Sam Pollard, the Rising Star Award to Radha Blank (The Forty-Year Old Version) and a Special Mention to Steve McQueen and his five-film series Small Axe.
The news was originally first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Here is the full list of winners of the 2020 Black Film Critics Circle Awards.
Best Film: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
4. One Night in Miami
6. Judas and the Black Messiah
7. Da 5 Bloods
8. The Trial of the Chicago 7
9. Sound of Metal
10. The 40-Year-Old Version and Sylvie’s Love (tie)
Best Director (tie): Regina King, One Night in Miami and Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Actress: Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Supporting Actor: Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami
Best Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-jung, Minari
Best Original Screenplay: Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Best Adapted Screenplay: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Animated Film: Soul
Best Documentary: Time
Best Foreign Film: Night of the Kings
Best Ensemble: One Night in Miami
Best Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema, Tenet
Pioneer Award: Sam Pollard
Rising Star Award: Radha Blank
Special Mention: Steve McQueen, Small Axe
Photo credits: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (David Lee / Netflix), One Night in Miami (Patti Perret/Amazon Studios)