Nomadland, Chloé Zhao’s look at America’s van-dwelling community, starring Frances McDormand, has won the Golden Lion for best film at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.
McDormand plays a widow from a collapsed Nevada mining town who finds new life on the road in Zhao’s film, based on Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.
With the Venice win, Nomadland has moved into pole position for the 2021 Oscar race, with Searchlight Pictures sure to throw its weight behind the film as it builds to its Dec. 4 release in North America.
Nomadland pulled off the coup of a triple-premiere on Sept. 11, debuting in competition at Venice, holding a gala premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, and celebrating its Telluride-supported U.S. premiere at drive-in screenings in Los Angeles.
Full list of 2020 Venice Film Festival winners:
Golden Lion: Nomadland, dir. Chloé Zhao
Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize: Michael Franco for New Order
Silver Lion Best Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa for Wife of a Spy
Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Vanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman
Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Pierfrancesco Favino for Padrenostro
Best Screenplay Award: Chaitanya Tamhane for The Disciple
Special Jury Prize: Dear Comrades, dir. Andrey Konchalovskiy
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Young Actor: Rouhallah Zamani for Sun Children
Best Film: The Wasteland, dir. Ahmad Bahrami
Best Director: Lav Diaz for Genus Pan
Special Jury Prize: Listen, dir. Ana Rocha de Sousa
Best Actress: Khansa Batma for Zanka Contact
Best Actor: Yahya Mahayni for The Man Who Sold His Skin
Best Screenplay: Pietro Castellitto for The Predators
Best Short Film: Entre Tu Y Milagros, dir. Mariana Saffon
Lion of the Future Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film: Listen, dir. Ana Rocha de Sousa
Best VR Immersive Story: Killing A Superstar, dir. Fan Fan
Best VR Immersive Experience: Finding Pandora, dir. Kiira Benzing
Best VR Immersive Work: The Hangman at Home – An Immersive Single User Experience, dir. Michelle and Uri Kranot
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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