Toronto Film Critics Association Names Collective Best Documentary

Collective, directed by Alexander Nanau, won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s Allan King Documentary Award
Photo: Mongrel Media


By Pat Mullen

Collective won the Allan King Documentary Award at the 24th annual Toronto Film Critics Association Awards. It was Superbowl Sunday for TFCA members as critics from the Toronto group convened via Zoom for the annual live vote. Directed by Alexander Nanau, Collective is a riveting doc about journalists exploring the story of a nightclub fire and flawed healthcare system that took numerous victims through acts of negligence. The film, which is Romania’s official submission in the Oscar race for Best International Feature, is widely considered a favourite to repeat the landmark pair of nominations scored by Honeyland last year.

Nomadland was the big winner of the event, and took three TFCA awards: Best Picture, Best Director for Chloé Zhao, and Best Actress for Frances McDormand. The win for Nomadland marked more Toronto love for Zhao’s hybrid drama, which won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival last September.

Based on the book by Jessica Bruder, Nomadland observes life for America’s itinerant workers and” features many of the real-life figures who inspired the tale”:http://povmagazine.com/articles/view/acting-naturally-nomadland-hybrid-film alongside McDormand in the telling of their own story. McDormand previously won the TFCA Award in 2017 for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The TFCA Awards added to the critical consensus for Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) and Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm). Like Nomadland, Zhao, and McDormand, they’ve been the favourites on the award circuit so far. The Toronto critics moved their voting calendar to reflect the shift in award season and fluctuating Canadian release schedule, which allowed this month’s release of Judas and the Black Messiah to land Daniel Kaluuya his first major win. He scored Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Black Panther Fred Hampton.

Sunday’s vote also delivered the three nominees for the Rogers Best Canadian Feature Award. Louise Archambault’s And the Birds Rained Down, Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 ft, and Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis’s White Lie vie for the award. The winner receives $100,000 courtesy of Rogers. The runners-up score $5000. The winner will be revealed at the TFCA’s virtual gala on March 9.

The full list of TFCA award winners is as follows:

BEST PICTURE
WINNER
Nomadland (Searchlight)
RUNNERS-UP
First Cow (MK2 Mile End)
Minari (Elevation Pictures)

ROGERS BEST CANADIAN FILM
And the Birds Rained Down (MK2 Mile End)
Anne at 13,000 Ft. (MDFF)
White Lie (levelFilm)

BEST ACTOR
WINNER
Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) (Pacific Northwest Pictures)
RUNNERS-UP
Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) (Netflix)
Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round) (Mongrel Media)

BEST ACTRESS
WINNER
Frances McDormand (Nomadland) (Searchlight)
RUNNERS-UP
Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) (Netflix)
Sidney Flanigan (Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always) (Focus Features)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
WINNER
Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) (Warner Bros)
RUNNERS-UP
Leslie Odom, Jr. (One Night in Miami) (Amazon Prime Video)
Paul Raci (Sound of Metal) (Pacific Northwest Pictures)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
WINNER
Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) (Amazon Prime Video)
RUNNERS-UP
Olivia Colman (The Father) (Elevation Pictures)
Yuh-jung Youn (Minari) (Elevation Pictures)

BEST DIRECTOR
Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) (Searchlight)
RUNNERS-UP
Kelly Reichardt (First Cow) (MK2 Mile End)
Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) (Elevation Pictures)

BEST SCREENPLAY
WINNER
Minari (Elevation Pictures)
RUNNERS-UP
Nomadland (Searchlight)
Sound of Metal (Pacific Northwest Pictures)

BEST FIRST FEATURE
WINNER
The Forty-Year-Old Version (Netflix)
RUNNERS-UP
_The Father _(Elevation Pictures)
Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)

ANIMATED FEATURE
WINNER
Wolfwalkers (Apple TV+)
RUNNERS-UP
Soul (Disney)
The Willoughbys (Netflix)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WINNER
Bacurau (Kino Lorber)
RUNNERS-UP
Another Round (Mongrel Media)
Beanpole (Kino Lorber)

ALLAN KING DOCUMENTARY AWARD
WINNER
Collective (Mongrel Media)
RUNNERS-UP
Time (Amazon Prime Video)
Crip Camp (Netflix)
David Byrne’s American Utopia (Crave/HBO Canada)

CLYDE GILMOUR AWARD
Jason Ryle

JAY SCOTT AWARD
Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

TFCA CINEPLEX EMERGING CRITIC AWARD
Mark Hanson
Rose Ho