New York Film Critics Circle Announce 2019 Winners The Irishman Named Best Film

By | December 4, 2019

The New York Film Critics Circle voted today at Film at Lincoln Center for their 2019 awards winners. The awards will be handed out during their annual ceremony on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Tao Downtown.

The Irishman was awarded Best Film and Benny and Josh Safdie were named Best Director for Uncut Gems. Lupita Nyong’o was selected as Best Actress for Us. Antonio Banderas was chosen as Best Actor for Pain and Glory. Special Awards were given to IndieCollect, for their work preserving American independent film, and to Randy Newman, for providing so many essential soundtracks.Cole Kronman (NYU) was awarded the student scholarship. Full list of winners below.

“This year has felt more unpredictable than most in terms of what our members have championed. I’m thrilled that we ended up with such a varied array of choices, and that we managed to do so with minimal fisticuffs,” said NYFCC chair Alison Willmore of New York magazine.

Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is the oldest and most prestigious in the country. The circle’s membership includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and the web’s most respected online publications. Every year the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the calendar year’s films.

The Circle’s awards are often seen as shaping the Oscar race. The Circle’s awards are also viewed — perhaps more accurately — as a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring aesthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures.

Best Film:
The Irishman

Best Director:
Benny and Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems

Best Screenplay:
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood

Best Actress:
Lupita Nyong’o, Us

Best Actor:
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Best Supporting Actress:
Laura Dern, Marriage Story and Little Women

Best Supporting Actor:
Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Best Foreign Language Film:
Parasite

Best Cinematography:
Claire Mathon, Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Nonfiction Film:
Honeyland

Best First Film:
Atlantics (Mati Diop)

Best Animated Film:
I Lost My Body

Special Awards:
IndieCollect
Randy Newman

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