The New York Film Critics Circle will vote for its 2020 awards on Dec. 18, the organization announced Friday.
Last year, Martin Scorsese The Irishman was named NYFCC Best Picture on December 4, a day after the National Board of Review bestowed the same honor on the picture. Both review groups are always among the first of awards season to select their annual awards.
The timing will be different this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the National Board of Review announced that it would vote for its winners on January 26.
Like the NBR and other core awards from Oscars to BAFTAs and more, the NYFCC, whose members include reviewers from newspapers, magazines and online publications, has also adjusted its eligibility requirements. Films released in theaters or on digital platforms between January 1 and December 31, 2020 will be considered; the exhibition industry has been mostly closed since March.
“It’s been a year like no other in our lives. But the world of cinema hasn’t stood still and already, even in this very strange year, we’ve seen a series of films and performances that have impressed us and It’s more important than ever to celebrate how movies can connect us, and the NYFCC looks forward to honoring the best of 2020,” said NYFCC President Stephanie Zacharek.