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New York Film Critics Circle Awards: ‘The Irishman’ wins Best Picture, Lupita Nyong’o and Antonio Banderas take lead acting prizes – Gold Derby

New York Film Critics Circle Awards: ‘The Irishman’ wins Best Picture, Lupita Nyong’o and Antonio Banderas take lead acting prizes – Gold Derby

The New York Film Critics’ Circle announced the winners of their 85th annual awards on Wednesday (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 Sunday.

The last time that the NYFCC previewed the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards was in 2012 with “The Artist.” Last year, the New York crowd was wowed by “Roma” but snubbed the two big Oscar winners: “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The 47 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.

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The first award was, appropriately enough, Best First Feature which went to “Atlantics.” Mati Diop made history as the first black woman to have a film compete for the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Her film is Senegal’s entry to the Oscars.

One of its chief rivals is all but certain to be “Parasite,” which was named Best Foreign Language Film of the year by the NYFCC. This acclaimed South Korean film by Bong Joon-ho won the top prize at the Cannes film festival and is a leading Oscar contender in many of the top categories, including Best Picture.

The French import “I Lost My Body” won Best Animated Feature. Jérémy Clapin‘s film was the first animated feature to win the International Critics’ Week section at Cannes.

“The Irishman” scene stealer Joe Pesci picked up a bookend to the Supporting Actor award he won back in 1980 for “Raging Bull.” That film and this were both directed by Martin Scorsese as was “Goodfellas,” for which won Pesci an Oscar in 1991.

Laura Dern was cited as Best Supporting Actress for her work in two films: “Little Women” and “Marriage Story.”  The Oscars only allow a performer to contend in a category for one film; we’re predicting Dern will be nominated for “Marriage Story”.

Antonio Banderas claimed the Best Actor award for his heartfelt performance in “Pain and Glory,” his eighth film with his pal Pedro Almodovar.

Lupita Nyong’o won Best Actress for doing double duty in “Us.” The Gotham crowd remembered her work from this spring release and she should get a nice Oscar boost.

Twenty-years after winning his first screenplay award from the NYFCC for “Pulp Fiction,” Quentin Tarantino picked up his second for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” He won the first of his two Oscars for scripting that earlier film; the other was for “Django Unchained” in 2012.

Benny and Josh Sadfie shared in a Best Director win for the character study “Uncut Gems.” This was a good week for the brothers, with a win on Tuesday from the National Board of Review for Best Original Screenplay.

Martin Scorsese‘s crime epic “The Irishman” was named Best Picture of the year. This win comes almost three decades after the native New Yorker claimed the same prize in 1990 for “Goodfellas.” That film netted him his first Best Director award from this group. He bagged a second in 2006 for “The Departed,” which also won him his first Oscar.

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