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Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland won three prizes including film of the year at the 41st London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, which were held in a virtual ceremony today (February 7).

As well as the main prize, Nomadland won screenwriter of the year for Zhao and actress of the year for Frances McDormand.

Scroll down for the full list of prizes.

UK coming-of-age drama Rocks was also a multiple winner, with lead actress Bukky Bakray taking the young British/Irish performer of the year prize and casting director Lucy Pardee winning the technical achievement award.

Steve McQueen won the director of the year award for his five Small Axe films, with Shaun Parkes receiving supporting actor of the year for his role in the first title Mangrove.

Riz Ahmed won British/Irish actor of the year for Sound Of Metal and Mogul Mowgli, with Aneil Karia’s short The Long Goodbye, written by and starring Ahmed, winning British/Irish short film of the year.

The late Chadwick Boseman, a record four-time nominee in this week’s Screen Actors Guild nominations, won actor of the year for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, with co-star Colman Domingo providing a video message in accepting the award.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm breakout Maria Bakalova was another winner to accept her prize via video message, for supporting actress of the year.

There were prizes for Screen Stars of Tomorrow, for Rose Glass (2018) in breakthrough British/Irish filmmaker, and Morfydd Clark (2016) in British/Irish actress of the year, as well as Ahmed (2006).

Nomadland rolls on

The prizes are the latest in a strong awards run for Searchlight Pictures’ Nomadland, which was this week nominated for four Golden Globes and received eight longlisting spots for the Baftas. 

The 2020 Venice Golden Lion and Toronto People’s Choice winner has also been named best film by the Gotham Awards as well as critics’ circles including Boston, Chicago and the US National Society of Film Critics.

The London Critics’ Circle event was held on the organisation’s YouTube channel, with an in-person celebration with nominees and winners planned for later in the year.

London Critics’ Circle 2021 winners 

Film Of The Year - Nomadland

Foreign-Language Film Of The Year - Another Round

Documentary Of The Year - Collective

The Attenborough Award: British/Irish Film Of The Year - Saint Maud

Director Of The Year - Steve McQueen (Small Axe)

Screenwriter Of The Year - Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)

Actress Of The Year - Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Actor Of The Year - Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Supporting Actress Of The Year - Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

Supporting Actor Of The Year - Shaun Parkes (Mangrove)

British/Irish Actress Of The Year (for body of work) - Morfydd Clark (Eternal Beauty, Saint Maud)

British/Irish Actor Of The Year (for body of work) - Riz Ahmed (Mogul Mowgli, Sound Of Metal)

The Philip French Award: Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker - Rose Glass (Saint Maud)

Young British/Irish Performer - Bukky Bakray (Rocks)

British/Irish Short Film - The Long Goodbye

Technical Achievement - Lucy Pardee, Casting (Rocks)