The New York Film Critics Circle has chimed in with their annual awards, and Roma won big with three awards: Best Film, Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron, and Best Cinematography, also for Cuaron. Netflix’s biggest Oscar player yet is shaping up to be a big player this year, with most sites currently predicting Cuaron will take home his second Best Director Oscar this year. If it also comes through for Best Picture, it will be an historic win for the streaming giant.
The acting awards acknowledged four different films. Ethan Hawke wins his second prize for Best Actor this year after Gotham for his lead performance in First Reformed. Best Actress was a big surprise for Regina Hall for Support the Girls. Richard E. Grant and Regina King won in the supporting categories. King now has three major prizes for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. She also won at Gotham and National Board of Review. This is Richard E. Grant’s first big win of the season.
Best Screenplay went to Paul Schrader for First Reformed. It now seems inevitable that his name will pop up on the list of nominees this year for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars. Minding the Gap won Best Documentary. Best Foreign Language Film went to Cold War, its second win this week after National Board of Review. A bit of a surprise with Best Animated Feature, though: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. First reviews dropped on Wednesday of this week, and the 100% from Rotten Tomatoes spells out only good things for the film going forward.
NYFCC went in big for Lady Bird last year, so that doesn’t mean the Oscar race is all done yet. You have to go all the way back to 2011 when they picked The Artist as Best Film to get the last Best Picture winner lining up. Still, this is a good step forward for Roma, and a sign that Netflix can still have a future Best Picture winner in their hands.
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