2017 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

Today the New York Film Critics Circle – of which I am a brand new member – voted for our annual awards. It’s quite a large group of people so the voting took time – it’s a blind vote, and it got pretty extensive, with multiple rounds for each category, but I am so pleased with our award winners. A couple of my real “long shot” picks ended up winning – there were definitely some surprises – and I really look forward to the awards dinner on January 3rd, with all of these fabulous talented people in attendance. This year’s ceremony will be dedicated to critic Richard Schickel (whom I’ve written about quite a bit on this site), member of the NYFCC for decades who died earlier this year. Here’s the list of award winners. I have written about quite a few of these, here or at other outlets. I highly recommend all of them!

NYFCC 2017 Award Winners

Best Picture: “Lady Bird,” dir. Greta Gerwig

Best Director: Sean Baker, “The Florida Project”

Best Screenplay: “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Best Supporting Actress: Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”

Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

Best Cinematography: “Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison

(Side note: Morrison is the first woman to win this award. She was always my first choice, in each round of voting, and it’s important to consider that this was a year where there are films shot by Roger Deakins AND Vittorio Storaro. So. GO RACHEL MORRISON. Told ya there were some happy surprises. Real cliffhangers.)

Best Non-fiction Film: “Faces Places,” dir. Agnes Varda and JR

Best Foreign Language Film: “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” dir. Robin Campillo

Best Animated Feature: “Coco,” dir. Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina

Best First Film: “Get Out,” dir. Jordan Peele

We will also be giving a Special Award For Career Achievement to the great and influential film critic Molly Haskell.

More commentary about all of this at Variety.

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7 Responses to 2017 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

  1. Brooke A L says:

    Wow, that’s incredible that you are now a part of this circle and you actually get to vote for these things. So glad Sean Baker won best director, beyond deserved. You must be really looking forward to the dinner in January. I’m excited for you!!

    • sheila says:

      Brooke – thanks! It was pretty intense in that room, I tell ya. And got to meet somebody Ive been reading for … 25 years? He kissed my hand. It was a MOMENT.

      Very very happy about Sean Baker too!

  2. Brooke A L says:

    /And got to meet somebody Ive been reading for … 25 years? He kissed my hand. It was a MOMENT./


    • sheila says:

      I know. It was David Edelstein. I’ve loved him for years. His review of Battlefield Earth is so funny that I go back and re-read it on occasion just for a pick-me-up.

      So it was great to meet him and also to have him kiss my hand. Life = complete.

  3. bob meier says:

    These are all great films. I saw Lady Bird as a result of your review in Film Comment. I live in a town where a lot of films don’t make it here- Faces Places and BPM-not gonna happen here. Girls Trip I admit hadn’t heard of. I missed Get Out so maybe if it gets a second go round cuz of awards I’ll take it in. Did you like Good Time the Safdie Bros film? Why is it not getting recognized now?

    • sheila says:

      Bob – very glad my review made you seek it out! That makes me feel good!

      I looooooved Good Time. From where I sit – critics world anyway – it’s getting a lot of recognition. Robert Pattinson was one of the nominees for Best Actor in this year’s Gotham Awards (I was on the committee for that category – we go through all the different people submitted and come up with 5 nominees). – James Franco ended up winning the award – but Pattinson, of all of the people we nominated – was the only one who was a unanimous choice among the committee members. We all picked him. And it was also one of the nominees for Best Film. So it’s definitely being recognized.

      Not sure if Good Time is an Oscar possibility but it’s in my Top 10 and I think you’ll find it’ll make a lot of critics Best of the Year.

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