Last year, the New York Film Critics Circle moved out ahead of the film critics awards pack by doling out their awards on November 28. It was a controversial move, jumping the National Board Of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics because even though they delayed the vote one day to November 29 to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, they could not see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which got a Best Picture nomination. Now, the NYFCC has announced they will vote on December 3, giving movie makers an extra week to get the film before the small circle of voters. The rush to be first is becoming overwhelming in this digital age (I can’t remember where I heard this joke, but it seems that in the importance of things, the only time being first really matters is when you are a sperm in a swim race). More importantly here, finishing first doesn’t seem worth it if in doing it, you can’t see all of the competitive films, and slight a deserving picture in the race because the film maker could not make the deadline. Looks like the NYFCC learned that lesson last year.

I spoke briefly with this year’s NYFCC chairman Joshua Rothkopf, who understandably didn’t want to review last year’s decisions, but said, “Our function as a group is to be as best informed as we can be, and we wanted to make sure we had every opportunity to see everything under consideration for the best in film. This is not as Machiavellian as people might think, but in order to fulfill that function to be as fully informed as possible, I made this decision and the group agreed with me.”

New York, NY – October 16, 2012 — The New York Film Critics Circle announced today they will hold their vote for the 2012 Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday, December 3rd. The awards will be handed out during their annual ceremony to be held on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Crimson.

Additions to the group are new members Bilge Ebiri (New York Magazine), Nick Pinkerton (Village Voice) and Keith Uhlich (Time Out New York).

States Chairman Rothkopf, “We’re always happy to see the group grow. Criticism is as vital as ever; our group celebrates the movies but also the art of response and interpretation. We’re looking forward to deliberating on the best of 2012 in the weeks to come.”

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 newspapers, 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 viewed as harbingers of the Oscar nominations. 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.

A full list of voting members is below:

Thelma Adams
YAHOO! MOVIES

Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

John Anderson
VARIETY/NEWSDAY

Michael Atkinson
VILLAGE VOICE

Dwight Brown
NNPA Syndication/BlackPressUSA.com

Richard Corliss
TIME

David Denby
THE NEW YORKER

Karen Durbin
ELLE

Bilge Ebiri

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

David Edelstein
NEW YORK MAGAZINE

David Fear
TIME OUT NY

Marshall Fine
STAR

Owen Gleiberman
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

J. Hoberman
FREELANCE

Stuart Klawans
THE NATION

Lou Lumenick
NEW YORK POST

Vincent Musetto
NEW YORK POST

Joe Morgenstern
WALL STREET JOURNAL

Joe Neumaier
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Andrew O’Hehir

SALON

Nick Pinkerton

VILLAGE VOICE

Peter Rainer
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

Rex Reed
NEW YORK OBSERVER

Joshua Rothkopf
TIME OUT NEW YORK

Richard Schickel
TIME

Lisa Schwarzbaum
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Kyle Smith
NEW YORK POST

Dana Stevens
SLATE

Amy Taubin

ART FORUM

Peter Travers
ROLLING STONE

Keith Uhlich

TIME OUT NEW YORK

Elizabeth Weitzman

THE DAILY NEWS

Armond White
CITYARTS

Stephen Whitty
NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Stephanie Zacharek
NPR.ORG / FILM.COM