On Dec. 1 the New York Film Critics Circle handed out their annual awards as they have done annually since 1935. The group has long held a reputation as the most respected of the critics groups due largely to the fact that most media outlets were initially located within that city. In the above photo gallery we take a look at times when the New York Film Critics Circle has stepped away from tradition and recognized unusual award upsets, including Steve Martin (“All of Me”) and Cameron Diaz (“There’s Something About Mary”), among others.
Veteran director and actor John Huston once stated that winning the New York prize is “the greatest honor that anyone in my profession can receive.” The group also seems to take great pride in some of their choices that deviated from Academy Award wins. The group’s website proclaims, “Compared with the Oscars, the group’s best picture track record speaks for itself: ‘Citizen Kane’ over ‘How Green Was My Valley’; ‘A Clockwork Orange’ over ‘The French Connection’; ‘Day for Night’ over ‘The Sting’; ‘Goodfellas’ over ‘Dances with Wolves.'”
As the number of daily newspapers in Manhattan shrunk and national magazines such as “Time” and “Newsweek” emerged, the critics group had to endure odd moments such as having member Richard Shickel (the esteemed critic of “Time”) relocate to Los Angeles but still be considered a member of the NY group. Even still, it’s one of the most acclaimed Oscar precursors in the industry.
This year’s awards were given mostly to what is becoming the usual suspects among critics’ awards with “La La Land” taking Best Picture, Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams winning Best Actor and Supporting Actress for “Manchester By the Sea,” Isabelle Huppert getting Best Actress for “Elle” and “Things to Come,” and “Moonlight” winning Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for Barry Jenkins and Mahershala Ali.
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