Chadwick Boseman Named Best Actor by Los Angeles Film Critics

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. AFI is honoring the film. (Credit: Netflix)

Chadwick Boseman was posthumously named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) for his performance in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Boseman, who passed away in August after battling colon cancer, was selected by the critics group for his role as musician Levee Green in the newly released drama.

Glynn Turman, who plays Toledo in the Netflix production, received the Best Supporting Actor honor when the 2020 awards were announced on Sunday night.

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The film is based on a 1982 play by the same name from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson.

The drama  also stars Viola Davis as pioneering blues singer Ma Rainey. Davis was chosen as this year’s runner-up for Best Actress by LAFCA.

Among other movies recognized by LAFCA, Steve McQueen’s film series Small Axe won the top prize for Best Picture of the Year. The Amazon release consists of five films about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London during the 1960s and ’70s.

Due to the pandemic, there was no awards ceremony held this year by LAFCA, and the winners were announced in a press release.

Below is the full list of winners at the 2020 Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards.

PICTURE: SMALL AXE
Runner-up: NOMADLAND

DIRECTOR: Chloe Zhao, NOMADLAND
Runner-up: Steve McQueen, SMALL AXE

ACTOR: Chadwick Boseman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Runner-up: Riz Ahmed, SOUND OF METAL

ACTRESS: Carey Mulligan, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Runner-up: Viola Davis, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Glynn Turman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Runner-up: Paul Raci, SOUND OF METAL

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Youn Yuh-jung, MINARI
Runner-up: Amanda Seyfried, MANK

SCREENPLAY: Emerald Fennell, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Runner-up: Eliza Hittman, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

ANIMATION: WOLFWALKERS
Runner-up: SOUL

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: BEANPOLE
Runner-up: MARTIN EDEN

DOCUMENTARY / NON-FICTION FILM: TIME
Runner-up: COLLECTIVE

NEW GENERATION: Radha Blank, THE 40-YEAR-OLD-VERSION

FILM EDITING: Yorgos Lamprinos, THE FATHER
Runner-up: Gabriel Rhodes, TIME

CINEMATOGRAPHY: SMALL AXE, Shabier Kirchner
Runner-up: NOMADLAND, Joshua James Richards

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Donald Graham Burt, MANK
Runner-up: Sergey Ivanov, BEANPOLE

MUSIC/SCORE: SOUL
Runner-up: LOVERS ROCK

DOUGLAS E. EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO: John Gianvito’s HER SOCIALIST SMILE

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Harry Belafonte

LEGACY AWARD: Norman Lloyd