Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2020 Awards


(March 5th, 2021 – Las Vegas) A woman who embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad, took home the society’s top Sierra Awards for 2020 – Best Picture, Best Director for Chloé Zhao and Best Actress for Frances McDormand. “Nomadland” was also awarded Best Cinematography.


Riz Ahmed received Best Actor as a heavy-metal drummer whose life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing in “Sound of Metal.” Best Supporting Actor was awarded to Daniel Kaluuya for his portrayal of activist Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”


Amanda Seyfried was recognized as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Marion Davies in the biographical drama “Mank.”


Other highlights this year were Best Animated Film for “Soul,” Best Costume Design for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Boys State” for Best Documentary, “Another Round” for Best Foreign Film and Best Adapted Screenplay for “One Night in Miami.”


The William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon actress Rita Moreno.


The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is a non-profit, progressive organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of film and is composed of select print, television, radio and internet critics in the Las Vegas and Reno areas. The LVFCS presents its Sierra Awards each year for the best in film, including the William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award, which is named for the brilliant Academy Award winning actor.



Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2020 Sierra Award Winners!


Best Picture



Best Actor

Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”


Best Actress

Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”


Best Supporting Actor

Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”


Best Supporting Actress

Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”


Best Director

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”


Best Original Screenplay

Shaka King & Will Berson, “Judas and the Black Messiah”


Best Adapted Screenplay

Kemp Powers, “One Night in Miami”


Best Cinematography

Joshua James Richards, “Nomadland”


Best Film Editing

Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, “Sound of Metal”


Best Score

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste, “Soul”


Best Song

“Fight For You,” by H.E.R., D’Mile & Tiara Thomas, “Judas and the Black Messiah”


Best Documentary

"Boys State"


Best Animated Film



Best Foreign Film

“Another Round” – Denmark


Best Costume Design

Ann Roth, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”


Best Art Direction



Best Visual Effects

“The Invisible Man”


Best Action Film

“Birds of Prey”


Best Comedy

“Palm Springs”


Best Horror/Sci-Fi

“The Invisible Man”


Best Family Film



Breakout Filmmaker

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”


Best Male Youth Performance (under 21)

Alan S. Kim, “Minari”


Best Female Youth Performance (under 21)

Millie Bobby Brown, “Enola Holmes”


William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award

Rita Moreno


LVFCS Top 10 Films of 2020


1.     Nomadland

2.     Sound of Metal

3.     Promising Young Woman

4.     Minari

5.     The Outpost

6.     Selah and the Spades

7.     Da 5 Bloods

8.     Mank

9.     Judas and the Black Messiah

10.  The Trial of the Chicago 7