The Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC), established in 1996 and the second oldest film critics’ group in the United States, announced its winners and runners-up for the best in film for 2020 on Sunday and for the sixth time in the org’s 55-year history, there was a tie for Best Film: Nomadland and Promising Young Woman. In 2018, The Favourite and Roma tied for Best Film.
Promising Young Woman had a good day elsewhere in Kansas, winning Best Actress for Carey Mulligan and Best Original Screenplay for its director, Emerald Fennell. Same goes for Nomadland, which picked up more wins for Chloé Zhao in Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Leslie Odom, Jr. (One Night in Miami) racked up another Best Supporting Actor win, as did Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) in Best Actor and Youn Yuh-jung (Minari) in Best Supporting Actress.
Aaron Sorkin played second fiddle, twice, with two runners-up mentions for The Trial of the Chicago 7, for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. The Dissident, Bryan Fogel’s gripping film about the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, won the group’s Best Documentary award.
Special awards were given to The Invisible Man (The Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film) and Kajillionaire (The Tom Poe Award for Best LGBT Film).
Here is the full list of winners and runners-up from the 55th Kansas City Film Critics Circle awards.
Nomadland and Promising Young Woman (tie)
Robert Altman Award for Best Director
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Runner-up: Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Runner-up: Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
Runner-up: Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Best Supporting Actor
Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami
Runner-up: Paul Race – Sound of Metal
Best Supporting Actress
Youn Yuh-jung – Minari
Runner-up: Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Best Adapted Screenplay
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)
Runner-up: I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Charlie Kaufman)
Best Original Screenplay
Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)
Runner-up: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin)
The Vast of Night
Best Animated Feature
Best International Feature
Runner-up: 76 Days, Bacurau and The Life Ahead
Runner-up: Crip Camp
Tom Poe LGBTQ+ Award
Runner-up: The Prom
Vince Kohler Award for Best Horror/Science-Fiction Film
The Invisible Man
Runner-up: The Vast of Night
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