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The 3rd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards Nominations Includes Streaming Series and Movies

Birds of Prey Shirley Da 5 Bloods nominations

2020 is not your normal year as COVID-19 has forced movie audiences to shift their viewing to streaming services. To reflect the change, the  Hollywood Critics Association is now including movies and series in the 3rd annual HCA midseason awards. The nominations were announced Monday morning, and SHIRLEY starring Elisabeth Mossleads with seven nominations followed by Margot Robbie's BIRDS OF PREY and Spike Lee's DA 5 BLOODS. See the entire list below.

(Los Angeles, CA – June 29, 2020) –The Hollywood Critics Association has revealed its full list of nominees for the 3rd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards. 

Every June, the members of the HCA vote on the best in film, television, and streaming for the first half of the year. “We weren’t 100% certain that we were going to do the Midseason Awards due to the coronavirus, but after seeing that there were hundreds of series and films released in 2020, we knew that we had to push forward and celebrate the work of the actors, filmmakers, and storytellers who released films and series during this incredibly difficult time,” notes HCA co-founder Ashley Menzel. 

“After the entire world was forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, it became very apparent as an organization how much streaming platforms such as Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix have impacted and changed the industry. And with the recent launch of streaming services like Apple TV+, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and Quibi, streaming will only continue to change the traditional landscape of how we watch film and television,” adds HCA founder Scott Menzel. For this reason, the Hollywood Critics Association is pleased to announce that it has created two new award categories that will focus exclusively on streaming series. 

For the Midseason Awards voting, the members of the Hollywood Critics Association organized a list of all 2020 films that were released theatrically, on VOD, and on various streaming platforms. There were over 195 feature length films in consideration and more than 100 series, between traditional television networks and streaming platforms. 

Leading the nominations is Neon’s Shirley with a total of seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. Several films tied for second place including Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, and Autumn de Wilde’s Emma

Among the nominations for new streaming series, Hulu leads the way with a total of four nominations, followed by Netflix and Amazon with two nominations each. 

The winners of the HCA Midseason Awards will be revealed on July 1, 2020.

Best Picture

Bad Education 
Birds of Prey:  And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn 
Blow the Man Down 
Da 5 Bloods 
Never Rarely Sometimes Always 
The Invisible Man 
The Vast of Night 

Best Actress

Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma 
Elisabeth Moss, The Invisible Man 
Elisabeth Moss, Shirley 
Margot Robbie, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn  
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always 

Best Supporting Actress

Allison Janney, Bad Education 
Marisa Tomei, The King of Staten Island 
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn 
Odessa Young, Shirley 
Tracee Ellis Ross, The High Note 

Best Actor

Ben Affleck, The Way Back 
Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods 
Hugh Jackman, Bad Education 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 7500 
Pete Davidson, The King of Staten Island 

Best Supporting Actor

Bill Burr, The King of Staten Island 
Clarke Peters, Da 5 Bloods 
Ewan McGregor, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn  
Jonathan Majors, Da 5 Bloods 
Michael Stuhlbarg, Shirley 

Best Female Director

Autumn de Wilde, Emma 
Cathy Yan, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn 
Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Josephine Decker, Shirley 
Kelly Reichardt, First Cow 

Best Male Director

Andrew Patterson, The Vast of Night 
Cory Finley, Bad Education 
Judd Apatow, The King of Staten Island
Leigh Whannell, The Invisible Man 
Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods

Best Adapted Screenplay

Bad Education
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn 
The Invisible Man

Best Original Screenplay

Da 5 Bloods
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
The King of Staten Island
The Half of It 
The Vast of Night

Best Indie Film

Blow the Man Down 
First Cow
The Assistant 
The Vast of Night 

Best Documentary

Beastie Boys Story
Crip Camp
Miss Americana
Spaceship Earth

Best New Streaming Series (Drama)

Defending Jacob (Apple TV+) 
Hollywood (Netflix)
Hunters (Amazon) 
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu) 
Mrs. America (Hulu) 

Best New Streaming Series (Comedy)

High Fidelity (Hulu) 
Love Life (HBO Max) 
Never Have I Ever (Netflix) 
The Great (Hulu) 
Upload (Amazon)

Best Broadcast Network Series (New or Reoccurring)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)
Evil (CBS)
The Good Place (NBC) 
This is Us (NBC)
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC) 

Best Cable Network Series (New or Reoccurring)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
The Outsider (HBO)
Schitt's Creek (POP) 
Westworld (HBO) 
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

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