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New York Film Critics Circle winners announced; Roma Named Best Film

The New York Film Critics Circle voted today at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for its 2018 awards winners. The awards will be handed out during the annual ceremony on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Tao Downtown.


Roma took home the prizes for Best Film and Best Cinematography, with Alfonso Cuarón also winning for Best Director. Regina Hall was selected as Best Actress for her role Support the Girls. Ethan Hawke was chosen as Best Actor for First Reformed. Special Awards were given to David Schwartz, who is stepping down as Chief Film Curator at Museum of the Moving Image after 33 years, and to the Kino Classics Box Set Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers. Full list of winners below.

“Our membership expanded this year and so did the sheer volume of great movies worth voting on,” said Eric Kohn, 2018 returning NYFCC Chairman and film critic for IndieWire. “We’re so thrilled to spread the love with these terrific films and performances, all of which deliver fresh, exciting visions of the world. From the poetic heights of Roma to the haunting paranoia of First Reformed and the mind-bending visual sophistication of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, every single winner this year features a complex, unpredictable vision. Conventionality is for conventional awards shows. Our January dinner will certainly not fall into that category.”
 
Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is the oldest and most prestigious in the country. The circle’s membership includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and the web’s most respected online publications. Every year the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the calendar year's films.
 
The Circle's awards are often seen as shaping the Oscar race. The Circle's awards are also viewed — perhaps more accurately — as a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring aesthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures.

Best Film: 
Roma
 
Best Director:
Alfonso Cuarón / Roma
 
Best Screenplay:
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
 
Best Actress: 
Regina Hall / Support the Girls
 
Best Actor:   
Ethan Hawke / First Reformed 

Best Supporting Actress:
Regina King / If Beale Street Could Talk
 
Best Supporting Actor:
Richard E. Grant / Can You Ever Forgive Me?
 
Best Foreign Language Film:
Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski)
 
Best Cinematography:
Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)
 
Best Nonfiction Film:
Minding the Gap (Bing Liu)
 
Best First Film: 
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
 
Best Animated Film:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman)
 
Special Awards:
David Schwartz, stepping down as Chief Film Curator at Museum of the Moving Image after 33 years.
Kino Classics Box Set “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers”
 
A full list of voting members is below:
 
Eric Kohn (CHAIR)
IndieWire

Alison Willmore (VICE CHAIR)
Buzzfeed

Marshall Fine (GENERAL MANAGER)
Freelance

MEMBERS:

Sam Adams
Slate
 
John Anderson
Freelance

Melissa Anderson
FourFrames

Michael Atkinson
The Village Voice

Richard Brody
The New Yorker

Dwight Brown
NNPA Syndication

Kameron Austin Collins
Vanity Fair
 
Bilge Ebiri
The Village Voice

David Edelstein
New York Magazine

David Ehrlich
IndieWire
 
Kate Erbland 
IndieWire
 
David Fear
Rolling Stone
 
Graham Fuller
Culture Trip

Owen Gleiberman
Variety

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Steven Greydanus
The National Catholic Register
 
Rafer Guzman
Newsday

Jordan Hoffman
The Guardian

Caryn James
BBC

Stuart Klawans
The Nation 

Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair
 
Tomris Laffly 
Time Out New York
 
Violet Lucca
Film Comment
 
Joe Morgenstern
The Wall Street Journal

Sheila O’Malley
Rogerebert.com
 
Nick Pinkerton
Freelance
 
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Rex Reed
New York Observer

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Alan Scherstuhl
The Village Voice

Matt Zoller Seitz
Rogerebert.com

David Sims
The Atlantic
 
Matt Singer
ScreenCrush

Kyle Smith
National Review

Dana Stevens
Slate

Sara Stewart
New York Post

Amy Taubin
Artforum

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Keith Uhlich
Freelance

Elizabeth Weitzman
The Wrap

Stephen Whitty
The Star-Ledger

Alissa Wilkinson
Vox
 
Emily Yoshida 
New York Magazine 
 
Stephanie Zacharek
Time Magazine
 

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