'Nomadland' revs up Oscar hopes with Hollywood producers award

Los Angeles (AFP) – Hollywood’s producers named “Nomadland” the year’s best film at their virtual prizegiving on Wednesday — a prestigious award that revs up the US road movie’s status as the firm Oscars favorite. Disney-owned Searchlight’s intimate portrayal of semi-retired Americans living off the grid in worn-out vans already has a Golden Globe in its glovebox, and again sped past streaming rivals like Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Mank” in an award season transformed by Covid-19. “In a year where we have all been leading such isolated lives and movies felt so vital, we are p…

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