By MCN Editor

NY Film Critics Circle Winners

Best Picture The Artist
Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Best Screenplay Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Foreign Language Film A Separation
Best Actor Brad Pitt, Moneyball & The Tree of Life
Best Actress Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive
Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, The Help, and Take Shelter
Best First Feature Margin Call
Best Non-Fiction Film Cave of Forgotten Dreams

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2 Responses to “NY Film Critics Circle Winners”

  1. movieman says:

    All that Sturm Und Drang over “Dragon Tattoo” and “Loud/Close” ultimately signified nothing.
    The only real surprise in the bunch is Streep in a film that nobody seems to like very much. The Harvey love spilleth over.
    Not bad choices overall, but “The Artist” does seem pretty….safe.

  2. Sam says:

    They never did get to see Loud/Close, right? So I don’t know that it necessarily signifies nothing. If for some reason it really catches on with other awards groups, NYFCC will look stupid for having missed it. Otherwise, yeah, I’d say they got away with the early move, which sucks.

    Of course what REALLY sucks is any kind of expectation that the NYFCC generally pick things that the other awards groups do too. Critics groups should be able to pick what they want and “get away with it,” because they’re supposed to have greater insight than just being reflective of the awards season at large. But when you move this early, you make an issue out of what films had a chance. The attention stops being on what films you want to bestow prestige upon and becomes instead about what films ever had a fair shot at that prestige in the first place. Therefore, if a film did NOT get a fair shot and yet catches on with other awards groups, the assumption is that the NYFCC screwed up, rather than judged the film fairly and legitimately found others more deserving.

    In other words, if NYFCC had awarded the exact same set of films in January instead of November, they could be seen as a lot more credible than they can now. Even if Loud/Close fizzles. But especially if it doesn’t.

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