In a surprising twist on an already crazy year for films, the New York Film Critics Circle, one of the nation’s most prestigious and longest-running film critic groups, announced that the organization would not draw inspiration from no Oscars and would extend the voting deadline. . Instead, the group will vote for their congratulations for 2020 on December 18.
Following the coronavirus pandemic, the Oscars have extended their eligibility period until February 28, 2021, and the National Board of Review has moved their voting date to January 26, 2021.
The New York Film Critics Circle has also decided to freeze new memberships for 2020. Additionally, all current members will remain eligible to vote whether or not their jobs have been affected due to the coronavirus.
“This is a year unlike any other in our lives,” NYFCC President Stephanie Zacharek said in a statement. “But the world of cinema has not stopped, and already, even in this very strange year, we have seen a range of films and performances that have impressed and moved us. Celebrating the way movies can connect us is more important than ever, and NYFCC looks forward to honoring the best of 2020. ”
While some films have changed their release dates due to the Oscar extension, the New York-based group will not consider or vote for any films to be released after December 31. This will screen out some possible candidates for multiple studio awards, including Liesl Tommy’s “Respect”. with Jennifer Hudson, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” by Jonathan Buttrell with Max Harwood, “Antlers” by Scott Cooper with Keri Russell and “French Exit” by Azazel Jacobs with Michelle Pfeiffer. These films will be eligible for the group’s awards next year. Coincidentally, Jacobs’ film wraps up the New York Film Festival scheduled for October 11.
NYFCC is typically one of the first precursor awards to announce the best films and performances of the year and effectively kick the Oscar season into high gear. 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. 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”).
Founded in 1935, the members include reviews from numerous publications. The date for their annual gala has yet to be set, nor announced whether it will take place in person or virtually.