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And the New York Film Critics Circle Winners are ...

Every winter, the studios roll out their award contenders and movie fans struggle to keep up with all the new releases while juggling jobs, family and the rigors of serious holiday shopping. It's a jungle out there boys and girls!  It's also the time when the critics associations start weighing in with their list of winners. The New York Film Critics Circle are always the first, they announced their winners today after a five hour long meeting.  The L.A. guys vote on Friday. Being first means being early so presumably Les Miserables was too late to be considered, otherwise I find the absence of awards from the NYFCC inexplicable!

There was some good news for another adaptation though, the amazing LINCOLN did well, perhaps not as well as fans would have thought. Tony Kushner won for Best Screenplay, Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actress, Sally Field for Best Supporting Actress.  In a bizarre move the critics ignored Tommy Lee Jone's incredible portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens and voted to award Matthew McConaughy Best Supporting Actor for his turns in Bernie, and Magic Mike. Two films admittedly I haven't seen. Ditto for Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea. Has anyone seen it?

The other top awards - Best Picture, Best Director went to Zero Dark Thirty with the film's director, Kathryn Bigelow garnering the top prize. Zero Dark Thirty's cinematographer, Greig Fraser won as well. According to the association's site:
"The Circle’s awards are often viewed as harbingers of the Oscar nominations, which are announced each February. The Circle’s awards are also viewed — perhaps more accurately — as a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring esthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures. "
You can read more about their process and see their complete list of winners here .

The whole thing makes me very nervous; I am really hoping for a Les Miz sweep unless Life of Pi or The Silver Linings Playbook change my mind. 


  1. I can only explain (and hope) the absence of Les Miz is due to its late release, which has long been my concern. I understand the NYCC has already delayed its awards till now. But, yeah... I just hope they didn't snub Les Miz. Also, can't help but think it being a British production might have some bearing ... considering the major winners are heavily American in content: Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. (BTW, Life of Pi is mesmerizing. Will post my review soon.)

  2. Arti it looks like they are snubbing Les Miz! But apparently NYFCC haven't awarded a movie musical best picture since the 50's when West Side Story won. I agree that a bunch of NY film critics might be less likely to award the film its due, let's say in part due to an American bias but more importantly, a kind of snobism. The people love Les Miz. The audiences at the first screenings were moved, rose up, and embraced Les Miz without one word from the critics who can't publish their reviews until December 11th. The film itself has made itself and its qualities known. No one - certainly not one of the 60 million who've seen Les Miz on stage - will need a critic to help them decide to see the movie. And they won't need critics to help them understand and navigate the film. It's as if the critics are they're trying to reassert their own viability. Anyway, les Misérables may not have the cool factor but it is in good company, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook were equally snubbed as well as Pi. The Osama Bin Laden movie doesn't appeal to me at all despite the critics endorsement and word of mouth. It will be an exciting race if nothing else.
    I really need to get out and see Pi - I'll be watching for your review.


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