New York Film Critics Circle Names BOYHOOD Best Film of 2014; Also Wins Best Director and Best Supporting Actress

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While there are all sorts of barometers and ways to gauge awards season, for me the season truly begins when the New York Film Critics Circle give out their year-end awards.  From there, we have The National Board of Review, American Film Institute, Golden Globe Nominations, Screen Actors Guild Nominations, and Critics Choice Nominations all within the span of 15 days, and that’s not to mention smaller critics groups as well.

Today, the NYFCC announced their winners for 2014, and awarded Boyhood for Best Film along with Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette)  Other choices that get my full support (because the New York Film Critics Circle deeply cares about my opinion) are J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor (Whiplash), The LEGO Movie for Best Animated Feature, and The Babadook for Best First Film.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners, and remember if you want to keep up with the state of the awards race, be sure to read Adam’s regular column, Oscar Beat.

New York Film Critics Circle Names AMERICAN HUSTLE Best Film; Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, and Jennifer Lawrence Win Acting Honors

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The “awards” portion of this year’s awards season has officially begun.  The New York Film Critics Circle is always the first critics group out of the gate, and today they named American Hustle the best film of the year.  The move comes as a slight surprise given that Hustle only first screened a week ago and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity have been the Best Picture frontrunners for the past few months, but the awards race may be in for a twist.  Steve McQueen was awarded Best Director for 12 Years a Slave, Robert Redford took Best Actor for All Is Lost, and Cate Blanchett began what’s sure to be an awards season sweep of Best Actress trophies.  American Hustle picked up three awards in total, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Screenplay.  The excellent Blue Is the Warmest Color was named Best Foreign Film, and Stories We Tell won Best Documentary.

Hit the jump to see the full list of winners and for my commentary on what this means for the coming Oscar season.

New York Film Critics Circle Names ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Film; Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Matthew McConaughey Win Acting Awards

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The New York Film Critics Circle has kicked the awards race off in earnest, and the love was spread primarily between Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln.  The drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden took home Best Picture, Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, and Best Cinematographer, while Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was awarded Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.  The group also had a couple of left field choices with the Best Supporting Actor award going to Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike (alright, alright, alright) and Best Actress going to Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea.  McConaughey winning the trophy was a pleasant surprise, but Weisz’s win is a tad baffling.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners, and click here to peruse our recent Oscar Preview features.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Named Best Film by New York Film Critics Circle

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Winning a million awards isn’t cool.  You know what’s cool?  A billion awards.  David Fincher’s  The Social Network is continuing its winning streak by nabbing Best Film and Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle.  And while the Best Picture race may be starting to sew itself up, it’s still unclear who will take home the acting trophies.  Colin Firth won Best Actor for The King’s Speech, Annette Bening won Best Actress for The Kids Are All Right, Mark Ruffalo won Best Supporting Actor for The Kids Are All Right, and Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actress for The Fighter.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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