The New York Film Critics Circle announced their best films and performances of the year.
Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird continues to maintain its Oscar trek by being named Best Picture. Lady Bird is picking up steam and could be a serious contender for not only a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, but also a win. Gerwig didn’t get Best Director here, but instead that prize went to Sean Baker for The Florida Project.
Saoirse Ronan won her second Best Actress NYFCC prize in three years for Lady Bird this year. Ronan’s win here and at the Gotham awards is setting herself up as major player for Best Actress.
Timothée Chalamet is now the youngest winner of the Best Actor prize in NYFCC history for his work in Call Me by Your Name.
A big surprise was Tiffany Haddish taking the Supporting Actress prize for her role in Girls Trip. She beat out the brilliant Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird and Allison Janney in I, Tonya.
Willem Dafoe stays in the Oscar conversation by getting the Supporting Actor prize for The Florida Project.
Pixar’s Coco won Animated Feature, just two days after winning the same prize at the National Board of Review.
Some films that were shut out include, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, Battle of the Sexes and Last Flag Flying.
Keep in mind critics are NOT Academy members. They don’t vote for Oscars.
Full List of NYFCC film winners:
Best Film – Lady Bird
Best Director – Sean Baker, The Florida Project
Best Actor – Timothee Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Best Actress – Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Best Supporting Actor – Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress – Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
Best Screenplay – Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Best Animated Feature – Coco
Best Non-Fiction Film – Faces Places
Best Foreign Language Film – BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Best Cinematography – Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
Best First Film – Jordan Peele, Get Out
Special Achievement Award – Molly Haskell