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The Sunset Film Circle (SFC) today announced their nominees for the inaugural “Sunset Circle Awards”, an event honoring 2020’s best in film across 13 categories. Minari and Sound of Metal lead all films with six nominations each, both landing a spot on the Sunset Circle Awards “Top Films”. The Father and Nine Days follow immediately behind with five nominations each including Top Films nods.
SFC Chair Erick Weber said, “While 2020 has been an unprecedented year for the motion picture industry, we are thrilled to honor a rich and diverse group of films and performances which proved to be extremely strong even in the face of theatrical’s current challenges. While there has been much talk of this being a down year for film, one look at this list of nominees should quiet that discussion.”
All films that were made available to screen before Sunday, November 22, 2020’s nomination deadline were considered. The Sunset Circle Awards winners will be announced Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

The Sunset Film Circle is comprised of film journalists with special emphasis on awards coverage. Chair Erick Weber (Editor-in-Chief, AWARDS ACE) is joined by Vice Chair Scott Menzel (Editor-in-Chief, We Live Entertainment), Sasha Stone (Founder, Awards Daily), Chris Gore (Editor, Film Threat), Rodrigo Salem (Writer, Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil)) and Simon Thompson (Writer, Forbes).

NOMINATIONS FOR THE INAUGURAL SUNSET CIRCLE AWARDS 
(All nominees listed alphabetically. Best Film to be announced December 1, 2020, along with winners in all categories)
TOP FILMS

The Father

The King of Staten Island

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Minari

Nine Days

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Saint Maud

Sound of Metal

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

David Fincher – Mank

Darius Marder – Sound of Metal

Florian Zeller – The Father

Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

 

BEST ACTOR

Ben Affleck – The Way Back

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Winston Duke – Nine Days

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

 

BEST ACTRESS

Morfydd Clark – Saint Maud

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Bill Burr – The King of Staten Island

Bill Murray – On The Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Stanley Tucci – Supernova

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams – Hillbilly Elegy

Zazie Beetz – Nine Days

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung – Minari

 

BEST ENSEMBLE

Hillbilly Elegy

The King of Staten Island

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Minari

The Prom

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

The Father – Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller

Minari – Lee Isaac Chung

Nine Days – Edson Oda

Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell

Sound of Metal – Derek Cianfrance & Darius Marder

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Gretel & Hansel – Galo Olivares

Mank – Erik Messerschmidt

Nomadland – Joshua James Richards

Sound of Metal – Daniël Bouquet

Tenet – Hoyte Van Hoytema

 

BEST SCORE

First Cow – William Tyler

Gretel & Hansel – Robin Coudert

Minari – Emile Mosseri

Soul – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Tenet – Ludwig Göransson

 

BEST BREAKTHROUGH

Kiera Allen – Run

Nicole Beharie – Miss Juneteenth

Joe Kerry – Spree

Orion Lee – First Cow

Jo Ellen Pellman – The Prom

 

SCENE STEALER

Michael Keaton – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Gabourey Sidibe – Antebellum

Toby Wallace – Babyteeth

Wil Wheaton – Rent-A-Pal

 

DIRECTORS TO WATCH

Radha Blank – The 40-Year-Old Version

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Rose Glass – Saint Maud

Edson Oda – Nine Days

Jon Stevenson – Rent-A-Pal

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