KEY POINTS

  • Frances McDormand wins Best Actress for "Nomadland" at this year's Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
  • "First Cow" was named Best Picture while Chloe Zhao won the Best Director prize for "Nomadland"
  • Anthony Hopkins, Maria Bakalova, Paul Raci also won big at the event

Oscar winner Frances McDormand has kicked off the awards season by bagging the best actress accolade at the Florida Film Critics Circle Awards for her impeccable acting in Chloe Zhao’s upcoming film “Nomadland.”

The organization announced the winners on its official website and recognized the best movies and artists of 2020. McDormand’s win in the category only solidifies her chances of getting her hands on the golden statuette at next year’s Academy Awards once again.

Viola Davis was named the runner-up in the best actress category. She was nominated for her outstanding work in the movie “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

In the best actor category, it was Anthony Hopkins who won the prize for the movie “The Father” while Brian Dennehy was adjudged the runner-up for “Driveways.”

Kelly Reichardt's "First Cow” won the best picture prize during the ceremony. This is the second best picture win for the project. Last week, it was named the best film of the year at the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC).

Another notable winner of the night was Maria Bakalova, the breakout star of “Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm.” The actress won in the supporting actress category and moved one step closer to getting nominated for an Oscar.

Bakalova has already been named the best supporting actress by Boston Online Film Critics Association, Indiana Film Journalists Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, and NYFCC thus far.

She was also chosen as the runner-up in the breakout star category, which was dominated by Sidney Flanigan for the movie “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.”

Yuh-Jung Youn was named as the runner-up in the category for “Minari.”

Meanwhile, it was Zhao who picked up another best director win for the movie “Nomadland.” The film and director are creating all the right noises before the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards. Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin was the runner-up for "The Trial of Chicago 7."

Here’s the full list of winners:

BEST PICTURE

  • Winner: “First Cow”
  • Runner-up: “Nomadland”/ “Trial of the Chicago 7”/ “Minari”

BEST ACTOR

  • Winner: Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”
  • Runner-up: John Magaro, “First Cow”

BEST ACTRESS

  • Winner: Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
  • Runners-up: Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”/Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Winner: Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”
  • Runner-up: Brian Dennehy, “Driveways”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Winner: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
  • Runner-up: Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari”

BEST ENSEMBLE

  • Winner: “Mangrove”
  • Runner-up: “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Winner: Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”
  • Runner-up: Kelly Reichardt, “First Cow”; Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Winner: Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”
  • Runner-up: Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Winner: Charlie Kaufman, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”
  • Runners-up: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”/ Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Winner: Erik Messerschmidt, “Mank”
  • Runner-up: Shabier Kirchner, “Lovers Rock”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Winner: Murray Barber, “Possessor”
  • Runner-up: Andrew Jackson, “Tenet”

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION

  • Winner: Donald Graham Burt, “Mank”
  • Runner-up: Adam Marshall, “Lovers Rock”

BEST SCORE

  • Winner: Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross/Jon Batiste, “Soul”
  • Runner-up: Ludwig Göransson, “Tenet”

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • Winner: “You Don’t Nomi”
  • Runner-up: “Dick Johnson is Dead”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Winner: “Los Fuertes”
  • Runner-up: “Minari”

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  • Winner: “Soul”
  • Runner-up: “Wolfwalkers”

BEST FIRST FILM

  • Winner: “Promising Young Woman”
  • Runner-up: “The Father”

BREAKOUT AWARD

  • Winner: Sidney Flanigan, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”
  • Runner-up: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

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Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand commended female filmmakers at the Oscars. The actress is pictured receiving an award at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show on Jan. 21, 2018 in Los Angeles. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images
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