Drive my car, the Japanese drama co-written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi based on a short story by Haruki Murakami has been named Best Picture of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle.
West Side Story took the group’s award for best cinematography, while Paul Thomas Andersons Licorice pizza was named best screenplay.
Jane Campion has been named Best Director of the New York Film Critics Circle The power of the dog. The award marks the film’s second major victory from critics today, after Benedict Cumberbatch’s victory as best male lead for the film.
Maggie Gyllenhaals The prodigal daughter was voted best first film by the group, and Mitchells vs. The machines was voted best animated film.
Lady Gaga has been voted best female lead for her performance in House of Gucci of the New York Film Critics Circle.
Escape has been the best non-fiction film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle.
Kathryn Hunter was named Best Supporting Actress for her performance The tragedy of Macbeth. Kodi Smit-McPhee was named best performer for her performance in The power of the dog, andThe worst person in the world was voted best foreign language film.
Special awards went to Maya Cade for the creation of the Black Film Archive, and Marshall Fine “for his many years of service as the NYFCC’s General Manager and decades on the NY film scene.”
The New York Film Critics Circle started its poll this morning for its 2021 awards, with the group taking its usual place as an early barometer of the film kudos season.
Founded in 1935, the NYFCC includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and online publications and tends to prefer more independent food. Last year, it chose Kelly Reichardt and A24’s First cow as its best film, the tent among 12 categories upright. Chloé Zhao, who eventually won two Oscars for Searchlight’s Nomadeland (Best Picture and Instructor), won the group’s Instructor Award a year ago.
Former NYFCC Best Movie Winners include Ireren (2019), Rome (2018), Lady Bird (2017), La La Land (2016), Carol (2015) and Childhood (2014).
This year, films released in the New York City area, either in theaters or on digital platforms between January 1 and December 31, are eligible. The winners will be honored at the NYFCC Gala Dinner, scheduled for Jan. 10 in Tao Downtown.
The NYFCC marks the second of the early groups to weigh in with awards this season. On Thursday, the National Audit Office voted for Paul Thomas Andersons Licorice pizza from MGM and United Artists Releasing as its best film, with Anderson also receiving Best Director.
Best movie: Drive my car
Best cinematography: West Side Story
Best script: Licorice pizza
Best first film: The prodigal daughter
Best Instructor: Jane Campion for The power of the dog
Best Animated Movies: Mitchells vs. The machines
Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch for The power of the dog
Best Actress: Lady Gaga to House of Gucci
Best non-fiction movie: Escape
Best Supporting Actress: Kathryn Hunter for The tragedy of Macbeth
Best Foreign Language Film The worst person in the world
Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee to The power of the dog