The NYFCC awarded Ryusuke Hamaguchi haunting three hour long multilingual “Drive My Car” as Best Film. Adapted from a short story by Haruki Murakami it had previously won Best Screenplay at Cannes and and Best International Feature at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Japan’s entry for Best International Film at this year’s Oscars, it now joins Asghar Farhadi’s “A Hero” (Iran) and Joachim Trier’s “The Worst Person in the World” (Norway -see below) as a favorite for Oscar and Independent Spirit Award recognition.
As predicted, the NYFCC put “The Power of the Dog” back in the front seat after it being completely excluded by the National Board of Review. Jane Campion received her second NYFCC Best Director nod following “The Piano” in 1993, while Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Kidd-McPhee picked up Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. This virtually anoints Smit-McPhee as this year‘s Oscar winner, puts Campion as the favorite to win Best Director and positions Cumberbatch right behind Will Smith for Best Actor.
Meanwhile, Paul Thomas Anderson fresh from his triumph at the NBR picked up his second NYFCC Best Screenplay award For “Licorice Pizza” having previously been honored for “Phantom Thread in 2017.
Kathryn Hunter came out of left-field to grab Best Supporting Actress for playing all three witches in “The Tragedy of Macbeth” raising her chances of being nominated to 75%.
In an epic display of bad taste they opted for the one of the year’s worst performances lauding Lady Gaga in “House of Gucci” for Best Actress. She now becomes a sure bet for an Oscar nomination.
Maggie Gyllenhaal was honored by her second bunch of critics of (following numerous Gotham awards) winning Best First Film for her adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “The Lost Daughter”
Trier Joachim picked up Best Foreign Language Film – but wait, didn’t a film in a foreign language already win BEST FILM – for “The Worst Person in the World” (Norway). After a series of great films, it’s about time that Trier received some name recognition.
Best Non-Fiction went to Jonas Poher Rassmussen’s animated documentary “Flee” about the perseverance of an Afghan refugee in Denmark
Best Animated Film went to Jeff Rowe and Michael Rianda’s dysfunctional family’s road-trip “The Mitchells vs The Machines”.
Best Cinematography went to Janusz Kaminski for his wonderous camera work on Spielberg’s” West Side Story”:
Here is the Complete List:
Best Film: “Drive My Car” (Culture Entertainment)
Best Director: Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
Best Actress: Lady Gaga, “House of Gucci” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
Best Supporting Actress: Kathryn Hunter, “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Apple Original Films/A24)
Best Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Best Animated Film: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” (Netflix)
Best Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski, “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
Best First Film: Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter” (Netflix)
Best Foreign Language Film: “The Worst Person in the World” (Norway)
Best Non-Fiction Film: “Flee” (Neon)
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