The New York Film Critics Circle is choosing winners in real time.
BEST FILM: “Drive My Car.” Why? Just to be different.
Lady Gaga wins Best Actress for “House of Gucci.” Very cool. She’s guaranteed an Oscar nod now, along with Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Chastain, and Kristen Stewart.
Benedict Cumberbatch is Best Actor for “The Power of the Dog.” (This means the NY Film Festival party at Tavern on the Green was a success.) Jane Campion wins Best Director for “Power of the Dog.” After NBR went against Netflix, NYFCC is all in!
Most lovely choice for Best Supporting Actress— Kathryn Hunter, who plays the three witches in Joel Coen’s “Tragedy of Macbeth.” Really thrilling choice. She played Puck in Julie Taymor’s extraordinary “Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Brooklyn and was incendiary. Gifted actress.
Best Supporting Actor goes to Kodi Smit-McPhee for “The Power of the Dog,” also an inspired and spot on decision.
Best First Film: “The Lost Daughter” from Maggie Gyllenhaal. Congrats to Maggie!
Best Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson for “Licorice Pizza”
Foreign film goes to “The Worst Person in the World.” Non fiction film to animated doc, “Flee.”
Best Animated Film: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines.”
Best Cinematography: “West Side Story”
SPECIAL AWARD: Maya Cade for the creation of the Black Film Archive.
SPECIAL AWARD: Diane Weyermann, posthumous award for supporting daring and impactful filmmaking at Sundance and Participant.
SPECIAL AWARD: Marshall Fine for his years of service as NYFCC’s General Manager and decades on the NY film scene
So far they’re batting a thousand.