New York Film Critics Circle Winners

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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Mister Tee » Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:03 pm

When I read Sonic's tweet below, I thought, Hmm, I don't think that's how this process works -- but the way it came out, it looks like he might have been correct. It was the longest Twitter-silent stretch of the day, seemingly reflecting a spirited contest for best director (ending in a slightly oddball choice)...but then The Irishman was announced best film barely a minute later (with two Special Awards in between).

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Banderas, rather startlingly, is the first non-English speaking best actor winner in the 80+ years of NYFCC. There've been MANY such actresses, several directors, films, and supporting actresses, but never a best actor. This pick should help Banderas' hopes of crashing the AMPAS five in what's a very competitive year.

N'yongo underlines my take in the prediction folder: that recent NY surprises have tended to be black women. The best actress field this year is fairly broad, but none of what are seen to be the mainstream choices (Johansson, Theron, Ronan, Zellweger) are A-1 critic-bait (I said yesterday I thought Johansson was closest, which I'll elaborate on when I discuss Marriage Story, but even she has the issue of fading a bit in her film's second half). It may be that LA and the National Society also stay away from the mainstream group, which will probably have the ironic effect of boosting the most mainstream choice of all (Zellweger) with the TV awards and Oscar. As for Lupita herself...she has always been on the fringe for nomination, and remains there, but this certainly doesn't hurt her chances of slipping in.

Marriage Story performed modestly for a film that seemed right up NY's alley, but it was part of a winning platform for Laura Dern. With the additional citation for Little Women, Dern won for two films directed by live-in partners, which feels like it must be a first.

By the way, I continue to monitor the Awards Worthy folk so you don't have to, and they were AGHAST that JLo failed to win here. They were shocked the vote took longer than a few minutes -- they all were sure it would be a first-ballot romp -- and then disbelieving when their choice didn't finish first. They truly live in a bubble over there.

This is Pesci's second win in NY, but Goodfellas is not the earlier one (he lost that year to Bruce Davison/Longtime Companion); his first win was for Raging Bull. And, preview of coming attractions: he's never won at the Globes.

My instinct is the Safdie win migt be like the Sean Baker prize for Florida Project -- a tip of the hat to a small indie that doesn't get full-on Oscar traction. But I haven't seen the movie yet, so maybe I'll change my mind.

With all Quentin's Oscar attention in this millennium -- including a second Oscar -- this is his first attention from NY since Pulp Fiction. Screenplay awards look to be exceedingly competitive on both sides this year.

Below the line, it was a good day for Neon (Parasite, Portrait of a Lady..., Honeyland) and Netflix (I Lost My Body, Atlantics -- along with its Marriage Story/Irishman wins).

Finally, The Irishman. Two major groups, two best picture wins. A long way to go, a lot of movies to compete with, so this doesn't mean anything definitive (Kathryn Bigelow can tell you about being in the same situation 7 years ago). But a good start for an excellent movie.

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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:44 pm

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Congratulations Marty and Netflix. Looks like you're going to have a steller season.

CUT TO LAST YEAR: Congratulations, Alfonso and Netflix. Looks like you're going to have a stellar season.

The only NYFCC Best Film to win the Oscar this decade is The Artist. It's worth noting that A LOT of their winners seemed like Oscar front-runners or close to it at the time of their award: Roma, La La Land, Boyhood, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Social Network.

What I'm trying to say is... The Irishman is done. (not really)

A quick scan reveals that Marty isn't quite the NYFCC favorite as some would think.
-1976: Taxi Driver wins Best Actor.
-1980: Raging Bull wins Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
-1990: Goodfellas wins Best Picture and Director
-2002: Gangs of New York wins Best Actor.
-2006: The Departed wins Best Director.
-2019: The Irishman wins Best Picture and Supporting Actor.

I'm sure there's an outlier I'm forgetting but that's it. Altman has a better record. So, does Woody Allen.
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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Sonic Youth » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:40 pm

Mister Tee wrote:Sabin must have figured he had 10-15 before best picture was announced, but it was instantaneous.


Well, that gives credibility to my guess below.

Congratulations Marty and Netflix. Looks like you're going to have a steller season.
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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Mister Tee » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:37 pm

Sabin must have figured he had 10-15 before best picture was announced, but it was instantaneous: The Irishman.

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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:32 pm

Best Director goes to The Safdie Bros. for Uncut Gems.
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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Sonic Youth » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:22 pm

I'm guessing the discussion going on now is whether they should award both Scorsese and The Irishman, or whether they should limit The Irishman to Best Picture (and Sup. Actor).

Yes, I could be wrong. But why would New York deny their favorite son?

(Now watch as Joker wins.)
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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:06 pm

Best Screenplay: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:47 pm

Best Actress goes to Lupita Nyong'o for Us... and Twitter explodes.
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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:30 pm

Best Actor goes to Antonio Banderas for Pain & Glory.
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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:15 pm

Best Supporting Actress goes to Laura Dern for Little Women and Marriage Story
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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:53 am

Best Supporting Actor goes to Joe Pesci for The Irishman.
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Re: New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Big Magilla » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:39 am

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER: Claire Mathon (Portrait of a Lady on Fire)
BEST FIRST FILM: Atlantics (Mati Diop)

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New York Film Critics Circle Winners

Postby Sabin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:33 am

They're rolling out the winners as we speak:


Honeyland for Documentary.

I Lost My Body for Animated Film (which took them six minutes to vote on)

Parasite for Foreign Language Film.



Whatever's coming up next is taking them a half hour to vote on. As I look back on last year's winner, that looks like... Cinematography.
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