Nomadland and Saint Maud impress London Film Critics Circle

One of the early front-runners in the delayed film awards season, Nomadland, has collected three prizes from the London Film Critics Circle, including the top honour of Film of the Year.

Frances McDormand won one of Nomadland’s three awards

Its star Frances McDormand was named the Actress of the Year, while its director Chloé Zhao was named the screenwriters of the year.

In a sign of how the pandemic has blurred the lines between film and television, Zhao missed out on the directing prize to Sir Steve McQueen, for his Small Axe anthology TV series, which included the film Mangrove.

Shaun Parkes, who played the Notting Hill restaurant owner at the heart of that film, was named the best supporting actor of the year. Best actor of the year went to the late Chadwick Boseman, for his final role before his death from cancer, as an ambitious jazz trumpeter in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

In the final mainstream acting category, Maria Bakalova was named the best supporting actress of the year, for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.