UPDATED with all winners: The New York Film Critics Circle has selected Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman as its Best Film of 2019, the second consecutive major critics group honor for Netlfix’s long (and long-in-the-works) mob drama. Yesterday, the National Board of Review bestowed it the same award.
The NYFCC, one of the early critics-group bellwethers of the movie awards season, voted throughout Wednesday morning for its selections in 12 categories. Winners will be honored at the group’s annual gala January 7 at Tao Downtown.
Also on the winners list today were Lupita Nyong’o, named Best Actress for Universal’s Us, and Antonio Banderas of Sony Pictures Classics’ Pain And Glory‘s was named Best Actor. Josh and Benny Safdie were named Best Director for A24’s Uncut Gems, while Quentin Tarantino’s original script for Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was voted Best Screenplay (Tarantino won Best Director at NBR yesterday).
Other winners include a second award or The Irishman: Joe Pesci for Best Supporting Actor. Laura Dern won for Supporting Actress for both Netflix’s Marriage Story and Sony’s Little Women, a rare double mention. Bong Joon-Ho’s International Oscar favorite Parasite from Neon took the Foreign Language Film category.
Other winners included Mati Diop’s Atlantics for Best First Film and Honeyland for Best Non-Fiction Film (see the full list of today’s winners below).
Last year, the NYFCC selected another Netlfix pic, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, as its Best Film. That one went on to score 10 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and eventually duplicated its NYFCC Director and Cinematography wins. Other wins last year that duplicated the feat at the Oscars: Regina King as Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Animated Film.
The NYFCC, founded in 1935, includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and online publications.
Here is this year’s list of winners:
Josh and Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems
Best First Film
Antonio Banderas, Pain And Glory
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Best Supporting Actor
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern, Marriage Story and Little Women
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Non-Fiction Film
Best Animated Film
I Lost My Body
Cole Kronman (student scholarship)