The New York Film Critics Circle announced the winners of their 79th annual kudos today — Tuesday (Dec. 3). These Gotham-based reviewers are once again the first critics group to weigh in with their picks for the top pic with the National Board of Review announcing on Wednesday (Dec. 4) and the LA critics chiming in on Sunday (Dec. 8).
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers’ Club”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Bruno Delbonnel, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
BEST ANIMATED FILM
“The Wind Rises”
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
BEST NON-FICTION FEATURE
“Stories We Tell“
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Last year, the NYFCC went with “Zero Dark Thirty” for Best Picture and Director (Kathryn Bigelow). While the film went on to lose the the top Oscar race to “Argo,” Bigelow was snubbed by the directors branch of the academy (the Oscar went to “Life of PI” helmer Ang Lee.) Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) began his march to a third Oscar with a win from the NYFCC. However, two of the other NYFCC acting champs didn’t even reap Oscar bids — Best Actress Rachel Weisz (“The Deep Blue Sea”) and Best Supporting Actor Matthew McConaughey (“Bernie” & “Magic Mike”) — while Best Supporting Actress winner Sally Field (“Lincoln”) lost her quest for a third Oscar to Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”).
Two years ago, the NYFCC named “The Artist” both Best Picture and Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius) and the academy did likewise. Meryl Streep won her fourth Best Actress prize from the Gotham critics for her portayal of British PM Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” before claiming her third Oscar for the role. Brad Pitt was cited as Best Actor by the NYFCC for his work in both “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life” and Jessica Chastain was named Best Supporting Actress for three films: “The Help,” “Take Shelter” and “The Tree of Life.” Pitt reaped an Oscar bid for “Moneyball” while Chastain was recognized for “The Help.” Albert Brooks won over the NYFCC with his featured role in “Drive” but was snubbed by Oscar voters.
Below, begin your predictions for the Oscars by forecasting the winner of Best Picture.