Just weeks after New York’s tabloids began reducing coverage of entertainment news in the country’s culture capital, the New York Film Critics Circle announced the addition of six new names to its roster. The list includes writers for websites that hold increasing sway with Hollywood studios reaching audiences once beholden to print media for reviews and information (not to mention a wider pool for quote ads). It also brings respected veterans including The New Yorker magazine’s Richard Brody, who writes the smart, concise reviews in the magazine’s front-of-book weekly guide as well as for the pub’s website.
The critics’ group will vote on its 2015 awards on December 2, with a gala to follow in January.
The new members are Sara Stewart (New York Post), Alison Willmore (Buzzfeed.com), Nicolas Rapold (The L Magazine), Jordan Hoffman (The Guardian), Ed Gonzalez (Slant.com) and Brody.
“What keeps the NYFCC vital is the regular infusion of new blood and strong opinions. The new members are some of the best film critics working, and represent a cross-section of old and new media, as well as a blend of generations,” chair Marshall Fine said in a prepared release. The 36-member group includes New York-based critics from a wide range of publications; significantly absent are the film critics from the New York Times, which doesn’t allow its critics to participate in awards other than the Pulitzer Prize. Also MIA: the New Yorker‘s longtime chief film critic Anthony Lane.