The National Society of Film Critics has been voting this afternoon. Their choices are solid, and not far from other critics’ groups.
Best Picture, Director, and Actress all go to “Nomadland,” star Frances McDormand, director Chloe Zhao. That will all repeat at the Oscars in April I predict. “Nomadland” also won cinematography.
Best Actor goes to Delroy Lindo from Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods.” This is an actor who’s had a stellar career and is now reaping the rewards, justifiably.
The supporting actors are little off beat, but they’re fine. Maria Bakalova of “Borat 2” is the supporting actress choice. Paul Raci, the deaf actor from “The Sound of Metal,” is supporting actor. As good as they were, I would have chosen Candice Bergen, and Glynn Turman.
Screenplay went to “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” with strange runners up “First Cow” and “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.” If this is the vein they were going in, I’m surprised “Minari,” better than all those, didn’t win.
What I liked most about this critics meeting is that they dedicated it to the late critic and writer William Wolf, who died last year from COVID. We all miss him.