The New York Film Critics Circle announced their picks of the year.  CAROL continues its reign as a strong Oscar contender.

Best Picture: Carol
Best Director: Todd Haynes, Carol
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Spotlight
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Best Cinematography: Edward Lachman, Carol
Best Nonfiction Film: In Jackson Heights
Best Animated Film: Inside Out, Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Best First Film: Son of Saul
Best Foreign Film: Timbuktu

Next up: Los Angeles Film Critics on Sunday December 6th.


While the New York Film Critics pushed Boyhood further into the Oscar race, The Gotham Independent Film Awards pushed Birdman along.

Best Feature – Birdman  – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director

Best Actress – Julianne Moore in Still Alice

Best Actor* – Michael Keaton in Birdman

Best Documentary – CITIZENFOUR – Laura Poitras, director

Breakthrough Actor – Tessa Thompson in Dear White People

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award – Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Audience Award – Boyhood

The 2014 Best Actor nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum for their ensemble performance in Foxcatcher


Boyhood led the New York Film Critics awards with Best Picture, Director and Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress. The NYFCC may not be the biggest predictor of the Oscars, but it helps to solidify Boyhood as a major contender.

Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater
Best First Film: Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (for The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night)
Best Actor: Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Cinematography: Darius Khondji (The Immigrant)
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Nonfiction Film: Citizenfour
Special Award: Adrienne Mancia


On Monday December 1st-The New York Film Critics will confirm or deny some of the Oscar hopefuls when they announce their awards. Last year they chose American Hustle as Best Picture. At that time, it had yet to be seen or reviewed, but American Hustle immediately became part of the conversations. It went on to get a Best picture nomination. The year before they chose another film that had not yet been seen or reviewed, Zero Dark Thirty.  My guess is that the NYFCC will award Birdman as their Best Picture and confirm it as a serious Oscar contender. Unbroken is the only other contender that has not been seen or reviewed in the US. That all changes tonight with a screening in Los Angeles. Tomorrow night at this time we will know what movies the quirky New York Film critics chose as their best of the year and if Unbroken was able to live up to the hype.

Tuesday December 2nd-The National Board of Review will announce their awards. Last year they chose Her as Best Film. Her went on to get a Best Picture nom.

Sunday December 7th-The Los Angeles Fiml Critics will announce their choices for best of the year. Last year there was an unprecedented tie between Gravity and Her.


Just when 12 YEARS A SLAVE was the film to beat for Best Picture, along comes the New York Film Critics who think that AMERICAN HUSTLE is the Best Picture of the year.  The NYFCC may not directly influence the Oscar race, but they do stir things up. Last year at this time most were sure that LINCOLN was a sure thing, much like this year with 12 YEARS A SLAVE. Then they chose ZERO DARK THIRTY as there Best Picture. Many began to reconsider their picks. Then of course the torture backlash hurt any chances ZDT had at a win. That is the risk of being the front-runner so early. Everyone is looking for a way to bring it down and believe me people are going to trash AMERICAN HUSTLE. There is no way to tell if AMERICAN HUSTLE will win Best Picture, but this win guarantees that it will be part of the race.

All of the New York Film Critics Winners:

Best Picture: American Hustle

Best Actor: Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises

Best Screenplay: American Hustle

Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best First Film: Fruitvale Station

Best Documentary: Stories We Tell