FARGO — Though it isn’t available to the general public yet, the feature “Nomadland” was the big winner in the North Dakota Film Society Awards, which were announced Friday, Jan. 15.

The movie earned top honors for Best Picture, Director (Chloe Zhao), Actress (Frances McDormand), Cinematography (Joshua James Richards) and Film Editing (Zhao).

"Nomadland" won Best Picture, Director, Actress, Cinematography and Editing honors at the North Dakota Film Society Awards. Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures / Special to The Forum
"Nomadland" won Best Picture, Director, Actress, Cinematography and Editing honors at the North Dakota Film Society Awards. Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures / Special to The Forum

The film follows McDormand, who lives out of her van as she travels the country after losing everything, including her husband, in the Great Recession. She picks up various jobs along the way and makes friends, learning parts of their life stories and learning more about herself. It was partially filmed in South Dakota.

The film will be released in theaters and on Hulu on Feb. 19, but voting members of NDFS had access to screeners.

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Two Sacha Baron Cohen films earned honors as well, as he took home Best Supporting Actor for “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” while Maria Bakalova winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in Cohen’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” That comedy earned another award for Best Original Song with “Wuhan Flu.”

“Mank” won two awards for Best Production Design and Best Original Score.

Other notable award winners were Riz Ahmed, Best Actor in “Sound of Metal”; “Promising Young Woman” for Best Screenplay; “Soul” for Best Animated Feature; “All In: The Fight for Democracy” for Best Documentary Feature; and “And Then We Danced,” from Georgia, for Best International Feature.