New York Film Critics Online Winners: ‘Minari’ and Ellen Burstyn


New York Film Critics Online have announced their winners for Best Films and Performances of the Year, with A24’s “Minari” leading the Best Picture category. This is the third consecutive year that the group has awarded a foreign language film after “Parasite” in 2019 and “Roma” in 2018.

Lee Isaac Chung’s portrayal of a Korean family immigrating to Arkansas in the 1980s won three awards in total, including Foreign Language and Yuh-Jung Youn in Best Supporting Actress. Youn shared wasn’t the only winner in her category, tied with other winner Ellen Burstyn for her turn in Netflix’s “Pieces of a Woman” by Kornél Mundruczó.

Also winning three awards, Focus Features’ “Promising Young Woman” won the Best Actress award for Carey Mulligan, screenplay and first director, both for Emerald Fennell. Scoring Mulligan’s 11th win this season, and closing the gap for critical leader Frances McDormand for “Nomadland”.

Speaking of “Nomadland,” Chloe Zhao has more than three dozen victories for direction this season, adding another from NYFCO. She becomes the fifth woman to be recognized in the category, after Kathyrn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) and Dee Rees (“Mudbound”).

Riz Ahmed’s performance in Amazon Studios’ “Sound of Metal” won the Best Actor award, his tenth breakthrough award this season. He has only two more wins than his closest rivals Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Delroy Lindo (“Da 5 Bloods”). Also from Amazon Studios, Leslie Odom Jr’s turn as Sam Cooke in Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” was named Best Supporting Actor, still remaining the second most recognized in a category where Paul Raci s. has been running away with him lately. weeks.

Dawn Porter’s “The Way I See It”, a beautiful reflection of Barack Obama through the eyes of her photographer Pete Souza, scored her first victory this season for a feature documentary.

The eligibility period for the films was from January 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. This left films such as “Cherry”, “French Exit”, “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” “Ineligible for recognition. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, members voted virtually for the first time in the group’s 21-year history.”

The full list of winners and the top 10 group films of the year are below. You can see all the winners to date on the Table of winners of the awards circuit (2020-2021).

Better picture: “Minari” (A24)

Best director: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best actor: Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)

Best actress: Carey Mulligan, “Young Promising Woman” (Focus Features)

Best Supporting Actor: Leslie Odom Jr, “A Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)

Best Supporting Actress: Ellen Burstyn, “Pieces of a Woman” (Netflix) and Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari” (A24) – *TO ATTACH*

Best scenario: “Young promising woman” (Focus Features) – Emerald Fennell

Best animated film: “Soul” (Pixar)

Best photography: “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) – Joshua James Richards

Better use of music: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) – Branford Marsalis

Best Feature Documentary: “The way I see it” (Focus on features)

Best foreign language: “Minari” (A24)

Best first director: Emerald Fennell, “Young Promising Woman” (Focus Features)

Revolutionary interpreter: Kingsley Ben-Adir, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) and Maria Bakalova, “Borat After Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios) – *TO ATTACH*

Better overall distribution: “The Chicago Trial 7” (Netflix)

Top 10 films (in alphabetical order)

  • “The Assistant” (rue Bleecker)
  • “First cow” (A24)
  • “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (Netflix)
  • “Minari” (A24)
  • “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus Features)
  • “Nomadland” (Searchlight photos)
  • “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Pictures)
  • “Young promising woman” (Focus)
  • “Tommaso” (Kino Lorber)
  • “The Chicago Trial 7” (Netflix)

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