'Nomadland' picks up Critics' Choice wins on Hollywood awards trip

Los Angeles (AFP) – US road movie “Nomadland” swerved controversy in China and accelerated towards award season glory Sunday as it topped the prizes at the Critics Choice Awards, picking up best picture and best director for Chloe Zhao. The film about van dwellers living on America’s spectacular open road also won cinematography and adapted screenplay, confirming its Oscars frontrunner status two days after the Academy voting window began. The movie — which also won big at last weekend’s Golden Globes — has drawn a nationalist backlash in China, where its release was recently thrown in doubt…

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