UPDATE, 10:23 AM: IFC Films came away the big winner today at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Its much-buzzed-about award title Boyhood collected best picture, best director for Richard Linklater and best supporting actress Patricia Arquette, while its horror-drama The Babadook from genre label IFC Midnight took Best First Film for Jennifer Kent.
The latter film bowed this weekend at three theaters collecting $27,000 and a per theater of $9K (according to Sunday estimates). Boyhood‘s kudos today follow its five Indie Spirit noms from last Tuesday.
Previous, 10:07 AM: Richard Linklater takes best director for Boyhood.
Previous 9:42AM: Marion Cotillard is bestowed with best actress for her work in The Immigrant and the French film Two Days, One Night.
Previous, 9:14 AM: British actor Timothy Spall takes best actor for his turn in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.
Previous, 8:48AM: Slow, as she comes. The New York Film Critics Circle is still drawing ballots on several categories. Already announced: Darius Khondji for his DP work on The Immigrant, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel for best screenplay, J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) for best supporting actor, Patricia Arquette for best supporting actress, The Lego Movie for best animated film, and The Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour for best non-fiction film.
Previous, 7:28AM: The New York Film Critics Circle Awards are announcing their winners live this morning. As the Frank Sinatra song kinda goes, the New York Film Critics ‘do it their way’ when it comes to recognizing the best film and some of the top acting slots, and their selections are often those films that are hitting a nerve on the big screen (i.e. their 2012 top film Zero Dark Thirty and 1972’s Clockwork Orange ) or are just simply cinematically brilliant (the org’s 2002 choice year for best film, Mulholland Drive, and 2000 selection Topsy-Turvy). With a 43% bellwether rate for determining Oscar’s best picture, the org doesn’t get mired down in the whole “we got it right first” egoism of Oscar prognostication rather they laud, defend and champion those titles and artists that audiences, and sometimes the film industry, might otherwise overlook. Still, some of the NYFCC choices for top film are right in line with Oscar, read 2011‘s The Artist, 2009’s The Hurt Locker, 2008’s No Country for Old Men, and the list goes on. Last year, those NYFCC awards that synced with AMPAS were Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) for best actress and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club). Of the NYFCC winners last year that were overlooked by the Academy: Robert Redford (All Is Lost) for best actor, Blue Is the Warmest Color for best foreign film (it wasn’t eligible per AMPAS rules) while their best director selection, 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen, and best supporting actress choice, Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), received Oscar noms, but no trophies.
Here is the full list of NYFCC winners:
Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant; Two Days, One Night
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Foreign Language Film
Ida (Poland, dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)
Best Animated Film
The Lego Movie (dirs. Phil Lord, Christopher Miller)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (dir. Wes Anderson)
Darius Khondji, The Immigrant
Best First Film
Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook
Best Non-fiction Film (Documentary)
Citizenfour (dir. Laura Poitras)