Unbiased Spirit Awards Proceed ‘Nomadland’ Successful Streak

Three years in the past, as she accepted a best-actress trophy for “Three Billboards Outdoors Ebbing, Missouri” on the Unbiased Spirit Awards, Frances McDormand talked about all of the folks she hoped to work with subsequent. Then she peered at somebody within the viewers. “Chloé?” she stated.

Few knew it then, however she was singling out the director Chloé Zhao, who had been celebrated earlier on the ceremony for her second movie, “The Rider.” At the moment, McDormand had simply met with Zhao about directing a small unbiased characteristic McDormand deliberate to supply and star in. And on Thursday night time, the movie they made collectively, “Nomadland,” received high honors at this 12 months’s Unbiased Spirit Awards.

That continues the light highway drama’s juggernaut journey by means of awards season, the place it has taken practically each main award obtainable, together with high honors from the Producers Guild, Administrators Guild, and the Golden Globes. It enters the Oscars on Sunday because the determined favourite.

Zhao additionally received the Unbiased Spirit Award for finest director, turning into the fourth lady ever to take action. If she wins on the Oscars, as she’s anticipated to, she’s going to change into solely the second lady to take that trophy since “The Harm Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow in 2010.

Another Oscar favorites additionally triumphed on the Unbiased Spirit Awards. Supporting-actress front-runner Yuh-Jung Youn received for “Minari,” whereas “Promising Younger Girl” filmmaker Emerald Fennell picked up one other award for her screenplay.

However some perpetually on-the-verge contenders lastly obtained a high-profile victory right here, together with Carey Mulligan, who received the best-actress award for “Promising Younger Girl” and devoted it to the British actress Helen McCrory, who died this month. That Oscar class stays vast open: McDormand received the BAFTA award, Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Backside”) received the SAG award, and Andra Day (“America vs. Billie Vacation”) received the Golden Globe.

“Sound of Metallic” star Riz Ahmed triumphed within the best-actor class, the place he was up towards actor Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Backside”), who died final 12 months. Ahmed’s costar Paul Raci earned a win within the supporting-actor class. That’s a significant victory for Raci, a 72-year-old actor who had been working as a court docket interpreter for the deaf for many years earlier than he discovered his breakthrough position.

“I’ve been a day participant for thirty years right here in Hollywood,” Raci stated in his acceptance speech, “and I’ve one little piece of recommendation I can provide to all of you people who find themselves struggling right here: Don’t stop your day job. I by no means did. I nonetheless have it, too!”

The ceremony was held nearly and hosted by comic Melissa Villaseñor. For a full record of winners, click on right here.

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