The Toronto Film Critics Association has named Nomadland the best picture of 2020, and also awarded prizes to its director, Chloé Zhao, and star Frances McDormand. The film had its world premiere online in September at the Toronto, Venice and Telluride film festivals, where it won both the Venice Golden Lion and the Toronto People’s Choice Award. A Canadian release date has not yet been set.
Nomadland, about a group of “RV homeless” who travel from place to place to work, was the only film to receive multiple awards from the group, which comprises 35 Toronto-based critics, including myself.
The TFCA presented the best screenplay prize to writer/director Lee Isaac Chung for Minari, a story of a Korean-American family set in the 1980s, starring Steven Yuen.