The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), one of the main forerunners of the awards season, announces its top winners of the year after this very odd year 2020.
Composed of nearly 50 critics and journalists from media such as Variety, Time Magazine and Vanity Fair, the East Coast group began voting at 9 a.m. and will announce the winners as they are decided on Friday morning.
In 2019, the electorate selected Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” as the best film of the year before the Netflix drama was nominated for 10 Oscars. Over the past decade, only Todd Haynes’ “Carol” has failed to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars after winning Best Picture with NYFCC. The group also made some eclectic choices that don’t always translate into Academy votes. In last year’s vote, they shocked many tipsters by selecting Josh and Benny Safdie as their top director pick for the A24 drama “Uncut Gems” starring Adam Sandler. The feature film ended the season with no Academy nominations. Other notable recent highlights are Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”), Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”) and Kristen Stewart (“Clouds of Sils Maria”).
Although some films have changed their release dates due to the Oscar extension, the New York group will not consider or vote for any films released after December 31.
Check out the full list of winners below (updated as they are announced):
Best Film: “First Cow” (A24)
Best Director: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
Best Actor: Delroy Lindo, “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus Features)
Best Supporting Actor: Chadwick Boseman, “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova, “Borat After Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)
Best Screenplay: Eliza Hittman for “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus Features)
Best Animated Feature: “Wolfwalkers” (Apple TV Plus / GKIDS)
Best Cinematography: “Small Ax” – All films (Prime Video)
Best First Picture: Radha Blank, “The Forty-Year-Old Version” (Netflix)
Best Foreign Language Film: “Bacarau”
Best Non-Fiction Film: “Time” (Amazon Studios)
Special Prize: Kino Lorber, for their creation of Kino Marquee, a virtual cinema distribution service that was designed to help support movie theaters, not destroy them.
Special Prize: Spike Lee for inspiring the New York community with his short film “New York New York” and for advocating for a better society through cinema.