New from Every Movie Has a Lesson by Don Shanahan: SPECIAL: Winners of the fifth annual Chicago Indie Critics Awards

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MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM AND THE LATE CHADWICK BOSEMAN LEAD ALL WINNERS AT THE 5TH ANNUAL FILM AWARDS FROM CHICAGO INDIE CRITICS

Image courtesy of Netflix

Image courtesy of Netflix

The 17 dedicated and talented members of Chicago Indie Critics cast their final ballots this week to declare the winners of 23 categories for their fifth annual film awards. Recorded for video presentation on the group’s YouTube channel, the CIC film critics came together to celebrate the year and recognize the best in film for 2020. 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted from August Wilson’s stage play, dominated this year’s CIC Awards, winning seven of its nine nominations. Topmost, the Netflix original film was named the Best Studio Film in a tie with another offering from the streaming leader, Best Director winner Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom also won awards for adapted screenplay, lead actor, lead actress, ensemble cast, costume design, and makeup. 

Starring in both of those victorious films, beloved late actor Chadwick Boseman was prominently honored by the CIC. Boseman won posthumous awards for Best Actor (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Best Supporting Actor (Da 5 Bloods), and special recognition as the recipient of the group’s Impact Award celebrating a person whose work during the past year or beyond made a positive influence on society. Also of note, Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland won Best Independent Film and Small Axe anthology filmmaker Steve McQueen won the CIC’s Trailblazer Award honoring the work of an artist who truly pushed the boundaries of the medium in terms of form and content.

Founded in 2016, Chicago Indie Critics is a creative and engaging non-for-profit organization composed of unique, dedicated, and diversified film critics.  Its members are wide-ranging in experiences, backgrounds, tastes, and target audiences across both print and online platforms. The CIC organized to share their assessments, commentaries, passions, and creativity in the vigilant effort to highlight the greatness and diversity found in both independent and mainstream films. While they originate in the Chicagoland area, the efforts of Chicago Indie Critics are to share, celebrate, and promote the rich artistic medium of film to audiences, fans, and eager minds across the nation and the world as an exemplary and upstanding pillar of intelligent print and broadcast journalism.

CIC DIRECTORS:

Emmanuel Noisette, Don Shanahan, El’Ahrai Stanek

CIC MEMBERS:

Annie Banks,  Leo Brady, Mike Crowley, Jonita Davis, Jon Espino, Cati Glidewell, Ryan Jagiello, John Hammerle, Matt Kubinski, Al Lerner, Linda Lerner, Kevin McLenithan, Josh Parham, John Robinson, Andrea Thompson, Mike Vanderbilt, Kevin Wozniak, Jeffrey York


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The complete list of the winners of the 2020 CIC Awards:

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM (budgets under $20 million)

NOMADLAND

Producers: Frances McDorman, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, and Chloe Zhao

BEST STUDIO FILM (budgets over $20 million)

DA 5 BLOODS (tie)

Producers: John Kilik, Spike Lee, Beatriz Levin, and Lloyd Levin

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (tie)

Producers: Denzel Washington, Todd Black, and Dany Wolf

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

HIS HOUSE

Producers: Aidan Elliott, Martin Gentles, Arnon Milchan, Ed King, and Roy Lee

BEST DOCUMENTARY

BOYS STATE

Producers: Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss

BEST ANIMATED FILM

SOUL

Producers: Dana Murray

BEST DIRECTOR

Spike Lee, DA 5 BLOODS

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN – Emerald Fennell (tie)

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Aaron Sorkin (tie)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM – Ruben Santiago-Hudson

BEST ACTOR

Chadwick Boseman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

BEST ACTRESS

Viola Davis, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Chadwick Boseman, DA 5 BLOODS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Maria Bakalova, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Donald Graham Burt, MANK

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Joshua James Richards, NOMADLAND

BEST EDITING

Alan Baumgarten, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

BEST MUSICAL SCORE

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, SOUL

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Speak Now” – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Written by Leslie Odom Jr. and Sam Ashworth, Performed by Leslie Odom Jr.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Jonathan Dearing and Dan Oliver, THE INVISIBLE MAN

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Ann Roth, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

BEST MAKEUP

Matiki Anoff, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, and Mia Neal, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

SPECIAL AWARDS

TRAILBLAZER AWARD 

Honors the work of an artist who truly pushes the boundaries of the medium in terms of form and content

Steve McQueen

IMPACT AWARD

Given to a person whose work has had a positive impact on society

Chadwick Boseman


CIC AWARD WINS BY THE NUMBERS

7: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

3: Da 5 Bloods

2: Nomadland, Soul, The Trial of the Chicago 7

1: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Boys State, His House, The Invisible Man, Mank, One Night in Miami, Promising Young Woman


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The complete list of nominees for the 2020 CIC Awards:

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM (budgets under $20 million)

THE FATHER

FIRST COW

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

NOMADLAND

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

BEST STUDIO FILM (budgets over $20 million)

DA 5 BLOODS

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MANK

SOUL

TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

ANOTHER ROUND

BACURAU

BEANPOLE

HIS HOUSE

THE LIFE AHEAD

BEST DOCUMENTARY

BOYS STATE

DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD

RISING PHOENIX

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

TIME

BEST ANIMATED FILM

ONWARD

OVER THE MOON

SOUL

THE WILLOUGHBYS

WOLFWALKERS

BEST DIRECTOR

Emerald Fennell, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Spike Lee, DA 5 BLOODS

George C. Wolfe, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Florian Zeller, THE FATHER

Chloe Zhao, NOMADLAND

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

MANK – Jack Fincher

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS – Eliza Hittman

PALM SPRINGS – Andy Siara

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN – Emerald Fennell

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Aaron Sorkin

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE FATHER – Florian Zeller

FIRST COW – Kelly Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS – Charlie Kaufman

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM – Ruben Santiago-Hudson

NOMADLAND – Chloe Zhao

BEST ACTOR

Riz Ahmed, SOUND OF METAL

Chadwick Boseman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Anthony Hopkins, THE FATHER

Delroy Lindo, DA 5 BLOODS

Steven Yeun, MINARI

BEST ACTRESS

Nicole Beharie, MISS JUNETEENTH

Viola Davis, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Sidney Flanigan, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

Frances McDormand, NOMADLAND

Carey Mulligan, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Chadwick Boseman, DA 5 BLOODS

Bo Burnham, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Sacha Baron Cohen, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Frank Langella, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Bill Murray, ON THE ROCKS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Maria Bakalova, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM

Olivia Colman, THE FATHER

Talia Ryder, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

Amanda Seyfried, MANK

Youn Yuh-jung, MINARI

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

DA 5 BLOODS

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MINARI

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

DA 5 BLOODS

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MANK

NOMADLAND

TENET

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MANK

TENET

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

MANK

SYLVIE’S LOVE

BEST MAKEUP

BIRDS OF PREY

EMMA

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

POSSESSOR

BEST EDITING

THE FATHER

NOMADLAND

TENET

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

WANDER DARKLY

BEST MUSICAL SCORE

MANK 

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

MINARI

SOUL

TENET

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Husavik” – EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA

“Loyal Brave True” – MULAN

“Speak Now” – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

“This Day” – JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

“Wuhan Flu” – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

THE INVISIBLE MAN

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

TENET

WONDER WOMAN 1984

SPECIAL AWARDS

TRAILBLAZER AWARD 

Honors the work of an artist who truly pushes the boundaries of the medium in terms of form and content

Radha Blank

Chadwick Boseman

Emerald Fennell

Steve McQueen

Chloe Zhao

IMPACT AWARD

Given to a person whose work has had a positive impact on society

Chadwick Boseman

Garrett Bradley

Scott H. Dehn

Ryan Oestreich

Chloe Zhao


CIC AWARD NOMINATIONS BY THE NUMBERS

FILMS:

9: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

7: Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7

6: Da 5 Bloods, The Father, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Nomadland

5: Promising Young Woman, Tenet

4: Emma, Minari, Never Really Sometimes Always

3: Soul

2: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, First Cow, The Midnight Sky, One Night in Miami

1: Another Round, Bacurau, Beanpole, Birds of Prey, Boys State, Dick Johnson is Dead, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, His House, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, The Invisible Man, The Life Ahead, Miss Juneteenth, Mulan, On the Rocks, Onward, Over the Moon, Palm Springs, Possessor, Rising Phoenix, The Social Dilemma, Soul, Sound of Metal, Sylvia’s Love, Time, Wander Darkly, The Willoughbys, Wolfwalkers, Wonder Woman 1984

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