Thu. Sep 24th, 2020

Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Wins Golden Lion Top Prize at 2020 Venice Film Festival, Complete Winners List

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

Horizons Awards

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

Venice VR

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

Photographs are Courtesy: Venice Film Festival

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