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Chadwick Boseman shines in Houston Film Critics Society's nominations for best in film

Chadwick Boseman shines in Houston Film Critics' best-of nominations

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
The late Chadwick Boseman is a double nominee. Photo by David Lee/Netflix

In all, 2020 was a very unusual year for movies. The pandemic forced a lot of highly anticipated movies to either postpone their release dates or premiere on a streaming service (or, in the case of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, hit the theaters anyway and die an embarrassing death at the box office).

Nevertheless, many smaller, independent films found their way out there on streaming platforms and on-demand services, and those films will be celebrated at this year’s 14th annual Houston Film Critics’ Awards, nominated and voted by the Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS). 

High atop the list is Minari, director Lee Isaac Chung’s study of a family from Korea starting a farm in Arkansas. The film is nominated for seven honors, including the Best Picture of 2020.

In addition to Best Picture, Minari is nominated for Best Director, Best Actor (Steve Yeun), Best Supporting Actress (Youn Yuh-jung), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and a Cinematic Achievement honor for seven-year-old actor Alan S. Kim.

Following the film in overall nominations is Sound of Metal with six nods, including Best Picture, while three films — Nomadland, One Night in Miami and The Trial of the Chicago 7 – received five nominations each, also including Best Picture. Other contenders for this top award are Da 5 Bloods, The Father, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Promising Young Woman, and Soul, which is also a nominee for Best Animated Feature.

“From a year that most of us would love to forget, comes an impressive collection of movies we will always remember,” HFCS president Doug Harris said in a statement. “For the film industry, 2020 will be recalled just as much for works which nourished our souls, as for the ways that world events changed movie habits. The impact of the artistic expression from this year’s nominees reminds us that the size of a screen, or where we view it, matters less than the quality of what we see.”

The late Chadwick Boseman is a double nominee for Leading Actor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Best Supporting Actor for Da 5 Bloods. His performance in the lead category joins Yeun, Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Anthony Hopkins (The Father), and Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods). Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Bill Murray (On the Rocks), Leslie Odom, Jr. (One Night in Miami), and Paul Raci (Sound of Metal) are also nominated for supporting honors.

Competing for the 2020 award for Leading Actress are Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always; Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman; Frances McDormand, Nomadland; and Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman. Along with Yuh-jung, nominees for the Supporting Actress honor are Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm; Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of a Woman; Olivia Colman, The Father; and Amanda Seyfried, Mank.

Three female filmmakers — Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), Regina King (One Night in Miami) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) – are also nominees for Best Director. 

Some 18 categories of film excellence will be recognized by the prestigious body of film journalists and announced on January 18. The winning films, along with nominees and winners in the Society’s Texas Independent Film Awards, will be spotlighted in the Society’s first televised awards programming on January 31 at 4 pm on Houston’s KUBE-TV. 

Houston Film Critics Society nominations

(Outstanding Cinematic Achievement, Best Movie Poster Art and the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners are to be subsequently announced)

Best Picture

Da 5 Bloods

The Father


Never Rarely Sometimes Always


One Night in Miami

Promising Young Woman


Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Regina King, One Night in Miami

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman 

Darius Marder, Sound of Metal

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods

Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 

Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Bill Murray, On the Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of a Woman

Olivia Colman, The Father

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Youn Yuhjung, Minari

Best Screenplay



One Night in Miami 

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Animated Feature

The Croods: A New Age


Over the Moon



Best Cinematography



News of the World 



Best Documentary Feature

Boys State


Dick Johnson is Dead

My Octopus Teacher


Best Foreign Language Feature

Another Round (Denmark)

Bacurau (Brazil/France)

Beanpole (Russia) 

La Llorona (Guatemala) 

A Sun (Taiwan)

Best Original Score


The Midnight Sky

News of the World



Best Original Song

“Turntables” from All In: The Fight for Democracy 

“Lo Si” from Life Ahead

“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami

“Rocket to the Moon” from Over the Moon

“Wear Your Crown” from The Prom

Best Visual Effects


The Invisible Man

The Midnight Sky

Best Stunt Coordination Team

Birds of Prey


The Old Guard


Wonder Woman 1984

Texas Independent Film Award

Boys State

Miss Juneteenth

Ready or Not 

The Vast of Night

Yellow Rose