Posted Nov 30 2018

Roma Takes First Blood

Although it has not always proved to be the best indicator of how the Oscars will play out, and can often be wilfully idiosyncratic, the New York Film Critics Circle are the first serious awards of the season and they are clearly placing Roma in the lead, awarding it Best Picture and Best Director and Cinematography for Alfonso Cuaron.

Ethan Hawke too is becoming a presence in the season. Having already won Best Actor at the earlier Gotham Awards, he picked up the same title again in NYC.

The big surprise of the night was Regina King taking Best Actress (for the not-too-good Support The Girls) AND Best Supporting Actress (for If Beale Street Could Talk.)

Other good news from the night was Richard E. Grant starting his journey to the Oscars by claiming Best Supporting Actor. Spider-Man Into The Spider Verse surprised many by taking Best Animated Film, ahead of favourites such as The Incredibles 2 and Isle Of Dogs.

Here’s the full list of winners -


Best Picture: 
Best Director: 
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Best Actor: 
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Best Actress: 
Regina Hall, Support the Girls
Best Screenplay: First Reformed

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Cinematography: 
Best First Film: 
Eighth Grade
Best Foreign-Language Film: 
Cold War
Best Nonfiction Film: Minding the Gap
Special Award: David Schwartz, who is stepping down as chief film curator at Museum of the Moving Image after 33 years
Special Award: Kino Classics box set Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers 


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