Hollywood Critics Association Announce 4th Annual HCA Awards Winners

The Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) winners were finally announced during the 4th Annual HCA Film Awards ceremony. And the winners were Promising Young Woman for Best Picture, Chloé Zhao won Best Female Director for Nomadland, followed by Darius Marder as Best Male Director for Sound of Metal, Delroy Lindo for Best Actor in DA 5 Bloods and Carey Mulligan as Best Actress in Promising Young Woman.

The HCA presented the “Valliant Award” to Zack Snyder, the “Trailblazer Award” to Dwayne Johnson, the “Game-Changer Award” to Nicole Beharie, the “Inspire Award” presented to Lin Manuel Miranda, the “Timeless Award” to cinematographer Dante Spinotti, presented to Kiera Allen was the “Spotlight Award” and presented to Judas and The Black Messiah was the “Impact Award.”

“While 2020 was a year of much difficulty for many around the world, we are forever grateful to the filmmakers, storytellers, and studios who went above and beyond to find new ways to release their films to audiences,” said HCA Founder Scott Menzel. “The films that the members of the Hollywood Critics Association nominated were amongst some of the most diverse and inclusive stories that we’ve seen on-screen in quite some time.  Our mission has always been to highlight all voices and I believe it is reflective in our winners tonight. Congrats to all.”

The event streamed virtually this year, on Friday, March 5, 2021 via HCA’s official Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Announced by the Hollywood Critics Association is the full list of the 2021 award winners is found below:  

Best Picture: Promising Young Woman

Best Actor: Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods

Best Actress: Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Best Supporting Actress: Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Best Male Director: Darius Marder – Sound of Metal

Best Female Director: Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Original Screenplay: Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Best Adapted Screenplay: Kemp Powers – One Night in Miami

Best First Feature: Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Best Cast Ensemble: Da 5 Bloods

Best Animated or VFX Performance: Ben Schwartz – Sonic the Hedgehog

Best Action: Birds of Prey

Best Animated Film: Wolfwalkers

Best Blockbuster: Birds of Prey 

Best Comedy or Musical: Palm Springs

Best Documentary: (tie)  All In: The Fight for Democracy & Class Action Park

Best Horror: The Invisible Man

Best Indie: Minari

Best International Film: La Llorona

Best Short Film: The Heart Still Hums

Best Cinematography: Joshua James Richards for Nomadland

Best Score:Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross for Soul

Best Original Song: Husavik (My Hometown) – Eurovision Song Contest

Best Visual Effects: Jonathan Dearing – The Invisible Man

Best Stunts: Birds of Prey

Best Hair & Make-Up: Matiki Anoff, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, Larry M. Cherry, Sian Richards, Deidra Dixon and Jamika Wilson – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Production Design: Donald Graham Burt – Mank

Best Film Editing: Alan Baumgarten for The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Costume Design: The Personal History of David Copperfield

Honorary Awards:

Breakthrough Performance Actor – Paul Raci

Breakthrough Performance Actress -Cristin Milioti

Acting Achievement – Aubrey Plaza

Filmmaking Achievement – Steve McQueen

Artisan Achievement – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Star on the Rise – Jo Ellen Pellman

Filmmaker on the Rise – Emerald Fennell

Artisan on the Rise – Emile Mosseri

Standout Performance by an Actor or Actress 23 or Under Award – Sidney Flanigan

Game-Changer Award – Nicole Beharie

Inspire Award – Lin Manuel Miranda

Timeless Award – Dante Spinotti

Spotlight Award – Kiera Allen

Impact Award – Judas and The Black Messiah

Valiant Award – Zack Snyder

Trailblazer Award – Dwayne Johnson

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Tatiana Ramirez, also known as Tatis Iolani, is a bilingual Mexican-American with additional basic knowledge of Mandarin. She is currently studying at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast. Her expected graduation date is in the Fall of 2022. Tatis has already received an Associate of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Los Angeles Mission College. While completing her Associates Degree, she worked for two semesters hosting her own biweekly segment at Los Angeles Valley College KVCM Monarch Radio. During her time at KVCM, she was able to secure interviews with Latin Boy Band CNCO and Yashua Camacho. In the future she sees herself interviewing celebrities on the various color carpets, hosting live segments on the radio, and covering movie premieres and album releases. As someone who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, she aspires to be a source of inspiration and motivation for the people in her community. She currently hosts a podcast, “Tatis Iolani: You Never Know Con Que Te Va A Sorprender,” (You Never What/Who She'll Surprise You With Next,) where she interviews surprise guests for both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking audiences. She is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), National Association of Hispanic Journalist (NAHJ) and the Alliance of Women in Entertainment at CSUN.

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