2020 St. Louis Film Critics Award Winners

The St. Louis Film Critics Association awarded its 2020 film selections on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Eligible films include those that opened in St. Louis during the 2020 calendar year or were made available as a video on demand or streaming service release.

Earning high praise was independent drama “Nomadland,” which won four awards for film, director, editing and cinematography. The story follows middle-aged Fern (Frances McDormand) who embarks on a journey through the American west after losing everything in the 2008 recession.

“Promising Young Woman,” writer-director Emerald Fennell’s social commentary thriller about toxic masculinity, was recognized for Carey Mulligan’s performance and Fennell’s original screenplay, as well as soundtrack for a total of three awards.

Other multiple award winners included Pixar’s “Soul” for animated feature and music score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste; Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” as best action film and visual effects; and “The Invisible Man” for best horror film and best scene.

A complete list of awards follows.

BEST FILM: “Nomadland”

Runner-up (tie): “First Cow” and “Promising Young Woman”

BEST DIRECTOR: “Nomadland” — Chloé Zhao

Runner-up: “Promising Young Woman” — Emerald Fennell

BEST ACTOR: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” —Chadwick Boseman

Runner-up: “Da 5 Bloods” — Delroy Lindo

BEST ACTRESS: “Promising Young Woman” — Carey Mulligan

Runner-up: “Nomadland” — Frances McDormand

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: “Sound of Metal” — Paul Raci

Runner-up: “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — Sacha Baron Cohen

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: “Minari” — Youn Yuh-jung

Runner-up: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — Maria Bakalova

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “Promising Young Woman” — Emerald Fennell

Runner-up: “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — Aaron Sorkin,

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” — Charlie Kaufman (Screenplay); Iain Reid (Novel)

Runner-up: “One Night in Miami” — Kemp Powers (screenplay and play)

BEST EDITING: “Nomadland” — Chloé Zhao

Runner-up: “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” — Robert Frazen

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: “Nomadland” — Joshua James Richards

Runner-up: “Mank” — Erik Messerschmidt

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: “Mank” - Donald Graham Burt

Runner-up: “Emma” — Kave Quinn


Runner-up: “The Invisible Man”

BEST SCORE: “Soul” — Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

Runner-up: “Nomadland” — Ludovico Einaudi

BEST SOUNDTRACK: “Promising Young Woman”

Runner-up: “Hamilton”


Runner-up: “Birds of Prey”

BEST COMEDY FILM: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Runner-up: “Palm Springs”

BEST HORROR FILM: “The Invisible Man”


Runner-up: “Wolfwalkers”



Runner-up: “Beanpole”

BEST SCENE: “The Invisible Man” — A restaurant meet-up between sisters is interrupted.

Runner-up: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — Rudy Guiliani visits a hotel room.