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‘Minari’ Wins Big With North Carolina Film Critics Association, Chloé Zhao’s Directing Winning Streak Continues

5 January 2021

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‘Minari’ Wins Big With North Carolina Film Critics Association, Chloé Zhao’s Directing Winning Streak Continues

The North Carolina Film Critics Association has announced this year’s winners, with A24’s Minari nabbing best picture — its first prize of the awards season. The film took four awards overall, including best supporting actress (Youn Yuh-jung), original screenplay (Lee Isaac Chung) and the Ken Hanke Memorial Tarheel Award for actor Will Patton.

Nomadland filmmaker Chloé Zhao continued her winning streaking, taking best director, in addition to adapted screenplay. At this current state, the Searchlight Pictures feature is the one to beat in the top categories, including best picture, although there are many other movies that could rival it down the line.

Sacha Baron Cohen won his first award for best supporting actor for his work in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. Although fellow nominee Paul Raci leads in critics’ prizes for Sound of Metal, five different actors have picked up supporting actor statuettes from the 10 awards announced thus far. This underlines how wide open the category is, with no real frontrunner yet to emerge.

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Image Credit: A24