It is Hat-Trick, as “Drive My Car” wins Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) following its triumphs in NYFCC and LAFCA.

Drive My Car

With the announcement of the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) choices, ‘Drive My Car” has now won the Best Picture award from all three major critic groups. This is quite an achievement and with its additional NSFC awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor, it now stands an excellent chance of being Oscar nominated for Best International Film, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay and to become the 11th Foreign Language Film to be nominated in the Best Film category following in the footsteps of:

Grand Illusion (1938), Z (1969), The Emigrants (1972), Cries and Whispers (1973), Il Postino (1995), Life is Beautiful (1998), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Amour (2012) and Roma (2018).

Hidetoshi Nishijima now enters the Oscar race for Best Actor but it will be hard to unseat the Smith/Cumberbatch/Washington/Dinklage/Garfield combo.

Joanas Poher Rasmussen’s animated documentary “Flee” picked up its second Best Documentary win following LAFCA having already won Best Animated Feature from the NYFCC.

Penelope Cruz picked her second major critics award for Best Actress in “Parallel Mothers” following her win at LAFCA and Ruth Negga won her first major award of the season for Best Supporting Actress in “Passing”. Cruz and Negga now look certain to win Oscar nominations in their respective categories.

Best Cinematography went to Andrew Droz Palermo for “The Green Knight, a surprise gift for him, David Lowery’s film and its distributer A24.

Best Supporting Actor went to Anders Danielsen Lie for “The Worst Person in the World” while his costar Renate Reinsve was runner-up to Penelope Cruz. Doubtful if this will transfer to an Oscar nomination but his stock will certainly rise in Hollywood

HERE IS A FULL LIST OF THE WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP.

Best Picture: “Drive My Car”

Runner-up: “Petite Maman”

Runner-up: “The Power of Dog”

Best Actor: Hidetoshi Nishijima, “Drive My Car

”Runner-up: Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”

Runner-up: Simon Rex, “Red Rocket”

Parallel Mothers

Best Actress: Penélope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers”

Runner-up: Renate Reinsve, “The Worst Person in the World”

Runner-up: Alana Haim, “Licorice Pizza”

Ruth Negga

Best Supporting Actress: Ruth Negga, “Passing”

Runner-up: Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”

Runner-up: Jessie Buckley, “The Lost Daughter”

Best Supporting Actor: Anders Danielsen Lie, “The Worst Person in the World

Runner-up: Vincent Lindon, “Titane”

Runner-up: Mike Faist, “West Side Story”

Runner-up: Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”

Drive My Car

Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car” and “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”

Runner-up: Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

Runner-up: Céline Sciamma, “Petite Maman”

Drive My Car

Best Screenplay: “Drive My Car” (Ryuseke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe)

Runner-up: “Parallel Mothers” (Pedro Almodovar)

Runner-up: “Licorice Pizza” (P.T. Anderson)

The Green Knight

Best Cinematography: “The Green Knight (Andrew Droz Palermo)

Runner-up: “The Power of the Dog(Ari Wegner)

Runner-up: “Memoria” (Sayombhu Mukdeeprom)

Flee

Best Nonfiction Film: “Flee” (Jonas Poher Rasmussen)

Runner-up: “Procession” (Robert Greene)

Runner-up: “The Velvet Underground” (Todd Haynes)

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