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New York Film Critics Circle Gives Top Prizes To “The Irishman,” The Safdie Brothers, And Quentin Tarantino

Moments ago, one of the bigger precursors of the critics stage of the awards season chimed in, as the New York Film Critics Circle announced their prizes for 2019. The winners at NYFCC each year are usually given a nice boost in the Oscar race, at least perception wise. This year will prove to be no exception, as the members of this group went in some very interesting, yet still plausible, directions, as you’re about to see.

The New York Film Critics Circle gave only one movie multiple awards, and that was Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. It took Best Picture from NYFCC, along with Best Supporting Actor for Joe Pesci. Other winners today included Benny and Josh Safdie getting Best Director for Uncut Gems, Antonio Banderas taking Best Actor for Pain and Glory, Lupita Nyong’o grabbing Best Actress for Us, Laura Dern winning Best Supporting Actress for both Marriage Story and Little Women, as well as the Best Screenplay prize going to Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood. The rest of the announcement can be seen next…

Here are all of the New York Film Critics Circle winners for this year:

Best Picture: 
The Irishman
Best Director: 
Benny and Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems
Best Actor: 
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Best Actress: 
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood
Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, Marriage Story and Little Women
Best Animated Film: I Lost My Body
Best Cinematography: 
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Best First Film: Atlantics

Best Foreign Language Film: 
Best Nonfiction Film: Honeyland
Special Award 1: Indie Collect
Special Award 2: Randy Newman

Additionally, the American Film Institute has chimed in today with their top ten list. They even went a step further and gave a special citation to Parasite, so technically it’s eleven this year!

Take a gander at AFI’s picks:

The Farewell
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood
Richard Jewell

Special Citation: Parasite

Also of note, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday which twenty films were shortlisted for the Best Visual Effects category at the Oscars. The movies still in the running for that Academy Award are seen below…

Here’s the AMPAS press release:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 92nd Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Ad Astra”
“The Aeronauts”
“Alita: Battle Angel”
“Avengers: Endgame”
“Captain Marvel”
“Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Gemini Man”
“The Irishman”
“Jumanji: The Next Level”
“The Lion King”
“Men in Black: International”
“Spider-Man: Far from Home”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“Terminator: Dark Fate”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary list of films eligible for further awards consideration. Later this month, the committee will select a shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

The 92nd Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Stay tuned for more precursor announcements in the days and weeks to come!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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