It’s an indie mix for the New York Film Critics Circle. They gave Best Director to Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” but didn’t give that film Best Picture or Best Actress. They milked the little seen “First Cow” and gave it Best Picture instead. They put Chadwick Boseman in supporting when he was the lead of “Ma Rainey,” and gave Best Actress to Sidney Flanigan in “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.” OK, why not? Best Supporting Actress went to Maria Bakalova for “Borat 2” which is a creative idea. “Time,” an excellent documentary, won that category. “Time” is on Amazon Plus, so you have no excuse for not seeing it.
Best Film: First Cow
Best Director: Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
Best First Film: The 40-Year-Old Version
Best Actor: Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods
Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan for Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Best Supporting Actor: Chadwick Boseman for Da 5 Bloods
Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Best Screenplay: Eliza Hittman for Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Best Cinematography: Small Axe (all films)
Best Foreign Language Film: Bacurau (Brazil)
Best Non-Fiction Film: Garrett Bradley’s Time
Best Animated Film: Wolfwalkers (Apple)
Special Awards: Kino Lorber, for their creation of Kino Marquee, a virtual cinema distribution service that was designed to help support movie theaters, not destroy them. Spike Lee for inspiring the New York community with his short film “New York New York” and for advocating for a better society through cinema.