2021 New York Film Critics Circle winners: Best Picture is ‘Drive My Car,’ ‘The Power of the Dog’ wins 3

The New York Film Critics’ Circle announced the winners of their 87th annual awards on Friday (Dec. 3). These Gotham-based reviewers are the first critics group to weigh in with their picks for the top pic with their Los Angeles counterparts (LAFCA) due to chime in on Dec 12. The last time that the NYFCC previewed the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards was in 2012 with “The Artist.”

The members of the NYFCC meet in Manhattan and cast their votes in a complicated system that can result in multiple ballots for each race. Not surprisingly, this can result in a marathon session that lasts all day, with an extended break for lunch.

Last year, the New York crowd went with “First Cow,” which was snubbed by the Oscars. That was the sole award for Kelly Reichardt‘s period drama as NYFCC spread the wealth across categories. Best Director went to “Nomadland” helmer Chloe Zhao, but the Gotham journos passed over eventual Oscar winner Frances McDormand as Best Actress for Sidney Flanigan as a teen seeking an abortion in “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” which is largely set in New York City. That film was also awarded Best Screenplay.

“Da 5 Bloods” took two acting trophies: Delroy Lindo claimed Best Actor, while the late Chadwick Boseman won Best Supporting Actor. Rounding out the acting prizes was Maria Bakalova for her breakthrough role as the title character’s teenage daughter in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”

BEST PICTURE
“Drive My Car”

BEST FIRST FILM
“The Lost Daughter”

BEST DIRECTOR
Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

BEST ACTRESS
Lady Gaga, “House of Gucci”

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kathryn Hunter, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”

BEST SCREENPLAY
“Licorice Pizza”

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

BEST NONFICTION FILM
“Flee”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“The Worst Person in the World”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“West Side Story”

SPECIAL AWARDS
Maya Cade for the creation of the Black Film Archive;
Marshall Fine for his years of service as NYFCC’s General Manager and decades on the NY film scene; and
Diane Weyermann for supporting daring and impactful filmmaking at Sundance and Participant (Posthumous)

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