This year I got the opportunity to join the Las Vegas Film Critics Society and vote in their annual film awards. It’s a great honor and I was really excited to get the chance to be a part of the society and vote. Below is their full press release along with all the awards. Any of the films that we covered on Piecing It Together are linked to their respective episodes.

David Rosen (Host of Piecing It Together)

A woman who embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad, took home the society’s top Sierra Awards for 2020 – Best Picture, Best Director for Chloé Zhao and Best Actress for Frances McDormand. “Nomadland” was also awarded Best Cinematography.

Riz Ahmed received Best Actor as a heavy-metal drummer whose life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing in “Sound of Metal.” Best Supporting Actor was awarded to Daniel Kaluuya for his portrayal of activist Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Amanda Seyfried was recognized as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Marion Davies in the biographical drama “Mank.”

Other highlights this year were Best Animated Film for “Soul,” Best Costume Design for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Boys State” for Best Documentary, “Another Round” for Best Foreign Film and Best Adapted Screenplay for “One Night in Miami.”

The William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon actress Rita Moreno.

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is a non-profit, progressive organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of film and is composed of select print, television, radio and internet critics in the Las Vegas and Reno areas. The LVFCS presents its Sierra Awards each year for the best in film, including the William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award, which is named for the brilliant Academy Award winning actor.

Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2020 Sierra Award Winners!

Best Picture
Nomadland

Best Actor
Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal

Best Actress
Frances McDormand, “Nomadland

Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Best Supporting Actress
Amanda Seyfried, “Mank

Best Director
Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland

Best Original Screenplay
Shaka King & Will Berson, “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Kemp Powers, “One Night in Miami

Best Cinematography
Joshua James Richards, “Nomadland

Best Film Editing
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, “Sound of Metal

Best Score
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste, “Soul”

Best Song
“Fight For You,” by H.E.R., D’Mile & Tiara Thomas, “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Best Documentary
Boys State

Best Animated Film
“Soul”

Best Foreign Film
“Another Round” – Denmark

Best Costume Design
Ann Roth, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Best Art Direction
Mank

Best Visual Effects
The Invisible Man”

Best Action Film
Birds of Prey

Best Comedy
Palm Springs

Best Horror/Sci-Fi
The Invisible Man

Best Family Film
“Soul”

Breakout Filmmaker
Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman

Best Male Youth Performance (under 21)
Alan S. Kim, “Minari”

Best Female Youth Performance (under 21)
Millie Bobby Brown, “Enola Holmes

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award
Rita Moreno

LVFCS Top 10 Films of 2020

  1. Promising Young Woman
  2. Sound Of Metal
  3. Nomadland
  4. Minari
  5. The Outpost
  6. Selah and the Spades
  7. Da 5 Bloods
  8. Mank
  9. The Trail of the Chicago 7
  10. Judas and the Black Messiah

The above was originally published on the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Website