The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), the longest-running film critics group in the country dating back to 1935, also became the first critics group of the year to announce their annual film awards.
This year’s choices were particularly surprising, as the group went with Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird as its Best Picture with The Florida Project‘s Sean Baker receiving Best Director. These are both smaller independent films that are likely to get more attention, although both of the A24 releases have already started losing theaters. (Correction: Lady Bird is actually gaining 400 theaters tomorrow.)
The New York critics also picked two of their youngest selections for actor and actress with Call Me By Your Name‘s 21-year-old star Timothée Chalamet and Lady Bird‘s 23-year-old star Saoirse Ronan taking the respective honors.
Willem Dafoe received recognition for his supporting role in The Florida Project, but the biggest surprise was the group choosing Tiffany Haddish for her comedic role in Girls Trip.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread received its second screenplay award after the National Board of Review selected it earlier this week.
They also gave a special award for career achievement to film critic and author Molly Haskell.
The group convenes in person once a year to discuss, debate and vote on the top movie and performances in a number of categories, and their tastes are pretty specific to the New York film critic community.
Only a few movies that receive their top honor go on to win Best Picture with The Artist, Hurt Locker and No Country for Old Men coming to mind. They have picked many films that have gone on to get Oscar nominations, although 2015’s Carol was a noticeable one that received six Oscar nominations but no Best Picture nomination.
The group’s annual Gala Awards dinner will take place on Weds, Jan. 3 with the ceremony dedicated to film critic and historian Richard Schickel.
You can see the full list of winners below.
Best Film: Lady Bird (director: Greta Gerwig)
Best Director: Sean Baker for The Florida Project
Best Screenplay: Phantom Thread by Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird
Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name
Best Supporting Actress: Tiffany Haddish for Girls Trip
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project
Best Cinematography: Rachel Morrison for Mudbound
Best Non-fiction Film: Faces Places (directors: Agnes Varda and JR)
Best Foreign Language Film: BPM (Beats Per Minute) (director: Robin Campillo)
Best Animated Feature: Coco (directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina)
Best First Film: Get Out (director: Jordan Peele)
Special Career Achievement Award: Molly Haskell
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor