‘Tár’ Leads New York Film Critics Circle, ‘RRR’ & Keke Palmer Surprise (Complete Winners List)

The New York Film Critics Circle, one of the first groups of critics to assess awards season, announced its winners Friday morning with Focus Features’ Todd Field’s “Tár” taking the grand prize for Best Picture. A24 led the all-studio count with four wins.

Celebrating its 88th year, the East Coast org is made up of more than 50 journalists from publications such as Time and Variety.

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In the midst of one of the most stacked fields of contenders in years, Cate Blanchett was between two wins for “Tár,” earning her Best Actress for her role as a controversial German composer on the verge of losing her grip on power. This marks her second win from her group after “Blue Jasmine” (2013), for which she won her second acting Oscar (after 2004’s “The Aviator”). Far from a done deal, she’s fighting in a contest that includes surprise Gotham winner Danielle Deadwyler (“Till”), Gotham winner Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”), and fan favorite Michelle Yeoh (” Everything Everywhere All at Once”).

One of the stunners of the bunch was SS Rajamouli who won the best director award for the Tollywood epic adventure film ‘RRR’. Though the film was not shortlisted to represent India in the international feature category, Variance Films mounted a consistent campaign to get the film recognized in the general categories including Best Film. Looks like it could pay off.

Colin Farrell in “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures) and “After Yang” (A24)

Colin Farrell in “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures) and “After Yang” (A24)

Colin Farrell won the Best Actor award for his work in two of the four films he starred in in 2022: Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ and Kogonada’s ‘After Yang’. The 46-year-old Irish star is the fifth lead actor to win the award for multiple performances after Brad Pitt for ‘Moneyball’ and ‘The Tree of Life’ (2011), Robert De Niro for ‘Awakenings’ and ‘Goodfellas’ (1990) . ), Jack Nicholson for “Chinatown” and “The Last Detail” (1974) and William Powell for “Life With Father” and “The Senator Was Indiscreet” (1947). All Men received a nomination for one of their films during their respective years.

Much of the season involved Brendan Fraser’s work on Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale.” However, Farrell’s role as lovable drinking companion Pádraic in McDonagh’s comedy-drama has captivated audiences since its Venice debut, where Farrell won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor instead of Fraser, whose film debuted there.

In addition to Farrell’s win, his Irish comedy-drama was also the last original screenplay to receive the love of critics in the Big Apple, winning the Best Screenplay award for screenwriter Martin McDonagh. It marks the seventh consecutive NYFCC-winning original screenplay, four of which have been nominated for Academy Awards. The last adapted work to win was “Carol” (2015). The Original Screenplay category is another hot rush this year which also includes ‘Everything, Everywhere and All at Once’, ‘The Fabelmans’ and ‘Tár’.

Speaking of “Everything,” the love fest for returning star Ke Huy Quan added another supporting actor win to his mantle. Kicking off his week with a win at the Gotham Awards, the 51-year-old actor, who plays Waymond Wang in Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s multiverse comedy-drama, cemented his place as the frontrunner in a category filled with beloved veteran actors looking to le their first figurines. Nine of the last 10 NYFCC winners for Supporting Actor have received Academy Award nominations, with only Chadwick Boseman losing for “Da 5 Bloods” (2020), although he was still posthumously recognized by the Academy the same year for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Four of the nine NYFCC winners – Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), JK Simmons (“Whiplash”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) and Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) – took home the Oscar .

One of the big surprises was Keke Palmer’s Supporting Actress win for her role as a UFO-chasing, wise-cracking sister in Universal Pictures’ “Nope.” Academy Award winner Jordan Peele’s sci-fi horror film has been bubbling around the circuit since its release in July, making a stop at TIFF with a special screening and Palmer being singled out in the reviews. While her performance straddles the line between lead and support, it could give her a boost on the circuit as voting for the SAG nominations prepares to open on Monday, December 5.

It’s worth noting that the NYFCC winners for Supporting Actress didn’t do too well when translating into Oscar nominees. While you may single out Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) and Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) as success stories, critical favorites like Kristen Stewart (“Clouds of Sils Maria”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip” ) and last year’s Kathryn Hunter (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”) never really took off when major nominations were announced, including at the Oscars.

Dean Fleischer Camp’s animated-live-action hybrid “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” took home the award for animated film. This bodes well for the A24 feature which had to fight for its eligibility to submit to the Academy’s Animated Film category. Over the past decade, nine of the 10 NYFCC winners have received Academy Award nominations, with “The Lego Movie” (2014) being the unfortunate snub during their respective year.

After sun

After sun

“Aftersun” by A24, by director Charlotte Wells, was awarded as best first film. The independent film, which is co-produced by Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins, continues to gain momentum and could be a prime shot at nabbing an Original Screenplay nomination for the 35-year-old Scottish writer.

Neon’s “All the Beauty and Bloodshed” took home the non-fiction film honor, continuing its adoration that began at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion. From Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”), the documentary exploring the career of Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family is a film that undoubtedly speaks to East Coast sensibilities.

The international award for feature film went to Jerzy Skolimowski’s Polish “EO”, the story of a donkey who meets various people during a journey through modern Europe.

Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” earned a Best Cinematography award for Academy Award winner Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi”), his first win from the pack. With a solid track record of crossovers with the Academy — they’ve only lost three in the past decade — Tom Cruise’s high-flying action flick could soar higher in other races as well.

Among the winners’ studio and film omissions were streaming giants Amazon, Apple and Netflix, all of which were left out with their top contenders including ‘Thirteen Lives’, ‘Emancipation’ and ‘Glass Onion’. 20th Century Studios, Disney, MGM/UAR and Sony Pictures Classics also failed to appear anywhere.

The NYFCC winner for Best Picture has typically had a strong correlation with the Best Picture category of the Academy Awards. Since expanding to nominees in 2009, only “Carol” (2015) and “First Cow” (2020) have missed out on Oscar recognition. The latter was the first film to win New York’s grand prize and failed to garner a single Academy Award nomination.

Last year, winners included the Japanese feature “Drive My Car,” which went on to receive a Best Picture nomination. Other crossover winners include “The Power of the Dog” which received the directing award for Jane Campion, along with eventual lead and supporting actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Lady Gaga’s Best Actress win for “House of Gucci” and Kathryn Hunter’s triumph for “The Tragedy of Macbeth” were the two winners who failed to earn accolades.

Be sure to bookmark it 2022-2023 Awards Season Calendar for all the main dates and timings of the season.

Here is the list of NYFCC winners as they are announced:

Best Movie: “Tár” (Focus characteristics)
Expected variety: “Tár”

Best director: SS Rajamouli, “RRR” (Variance Films)
Intended Variety: Todd Field

Best Actor: Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures) and “After Yang” (A24)
Expected variety: Tom Cruise

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Tár” (Top Reports)
Expected variety: Danielle Deadwyler

Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan, “Everything everywhere all at once” (A24)
Expected variety: Ke Huy Quan

Best Supporting Actress: Keke Palmer, “Nope” (Universal Pictures)
Expected Variety: Stephanie Hsu

Best Screenplay: “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures) – Martin McDonagh
Expected variety: “Tár”

Best animated film: “Marcel the shell with shoes” (A24)
Variety Predicted: “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On”

Best photography: “Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount Pictures) – Claudio Miranda
Expected Variety: “Top Gun: Maverick”

Best first film: “Aftersun” (A24) – Charlotte Wells
Expected Variety: “Aftersun”

Best International: “EO” (Poland)
Expected Variety: “Close”

Best non-fiction film: “All the beauty and bloodshed” (Neon)
Variety predicted: ‘All the beauty and the bloodshed’

Special mention: NYFCC awards cash prizes to two film criticism/journalism students attending a college in the region. This year’s winners are Undergraduate, Nico Pedrero-Setzer and Graduate, Greg Nussen.

Special Award 1: Jake Perlin, Curator, Distributor and Publisher, in recognition of his indispensable contributions to film culture.

Special Prize 2: dGenerate Films, for their invaluable work in bringing independent films from China to a wider audience.

Special Prize 3: Jafar Panahi, for his dogged courage as an artist and for the humanity and beauty of a body of work created under the most oppressive of circumstances.

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