Awards season has officially begun! The New York Film Critics Circle announced their award winners this morning. Founded in 1935, The NYFCC is comprised of film critics from New York City’s most esteemed newspapers and magazines. Members include critics from The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Time, Indiewire, and Rolling Stone. The NYFCC awards have consistently been considered the earliest indicators of the films and talents that will likely be nominated for Academy Awards in January. Voting began at 9:30 this morning in New York and results were tweeted out as the decisions were made.
Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor: Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant, and Two Days, One Night)
Best Supporting Actor: J.K Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie
Best Nonfiction Film: Citizen Four
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best First Film: Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Best Cinematography: Darius Khondji (The Immigrant)
Special Award: Adrienne Mancia- Curator of The Department of Film at The Museum of Modern Art
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The first award announced was Best Animated Film, and as expected, Warner Bros.’ critically acclaimed The Lego Movie edged out Dreamworks and Disney’s efforts this year for a win we’ll likely see repeated this winter. Wes Anderson won his second award for Best Screenplay (the first was awarded in 2001 for The Royal Tenenbaums). In exciting news for horror fans, Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook won the award for Best First Film, an important step for genre films that are often overlooked during the prestigious awards season. Richard Linklater earned Best Director and Best Picture for his brilliant film (perhaps even his magnum opus) Boyhood. Out of the 86 Academy Award ceremonies, The NYFCC’s pick for Best Picture has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture 31 times. I’d venture to say it’s safe to bet on Boyhood being this year’s frontrunner.
On the actors’ side of things, the supporting category was awarded to two of the year’s most buzzed about performances. Most surprising were Spall and Cotillard’s wins in the Best Actor/Actress categories for films that have certainly drawn praise, but have not been viewed as contenders to the degree of some of the year’s more widely marketed films like Gone Girl, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game. With a number of potential awards contenders still to be released in the coming month, it will be interesting to see how these wins will line up as we continue into the awards season.