Martin Scorsese’s decades-spanning organized crime saga, The Irishman, took the top prize from the New York Film Critics Circle today. IN addition to taking Best Picture, co-star Joe Pesci took the critics’ group award for Best Supporting Actor, for the role of real life organized crime figure Russell Bufalino. The win is the second time that a Scrosese film was honored by the NYFCC. The first was in 1991 for another of his true-life mob stories Goodfellas.
Best Director went to Benny and Josh Safdie for their drama Uncut Gems, while Antonio Banderas took Best Actor for Pain And Gloer and Lupita Nyong’s took Best Actress. Quentin Tarantino took home the prize for Best Screenplay.
Laura Dern’s Best Supporting Actress win is interesting as it encompasses her work for both Marriage Story and Little Women, but a double win here is hardly unique. The NYFCC has awarded accolades to an actor for multiple films in the past most recently in 2016 when it awarded Best Supporting Actress to Michelle Williams for both Certain Women and Manchester By The Sea and Isabelle Huppert for Elle and Things To Come. But it doesn’t necessarily suggest that Dern could wind up nominated for different films in the Supporting Actress for the Academy Awards. While there is no Academy rule precluding that, it has not yet happened in Oscar history.
The Film Critics Circle awards ceremony is scheduled to be held on January 7.
Here is the complete list of winners –
Best Film – The Irishman
Best Director – Benny and Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems
Best Actor – Antonio Banderas, Pain And Glory
Best Actress – Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Best Supporting Actor – Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Best Support Actress – Laura Dern, both Marriage Story and Little Women
Best First Film – Atlantics
Best Foreign Language Film – Parasite
Best Animated Film – I Lost My Body
Best Non-Fiction Film – Honeyland
Best Screenplay – Ounce Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Best Cinematography – Portrait Of A Lady On Fire