Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New York Film Critics Circle Winners

I haven't time to dig too deep into these satisfying selections from the NYFCC, but I'd like to touch on the two lead acting winners if I may. After picking up the LAFCA Best Actress prize just yesterday, Sally Hawkins surprisingly scores again with the New York critics, solidifying her spot as a true contender (not that I haven't been aware of this fact for months now, but this should convince the doubters). And then there is Sean Penn, who is looking like he will be tough to beat come Oscar night. I felt that if Mickey Rourke stood a chance at the Oscar, he would have to dominate the critic's awards, but as of now he's only picked up the rather inconsequential D.C. critic's win. Just some food for thought.

Best Picture - Milk
Best Director - Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Best Actor - Sean Penn (Milk)
Best Actress - Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Best Supporting Actor - Josh Brolin (Milk)
Best Supporting Actress - Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Best Screenplay - Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
Best Cinematographer - Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Foreign Film - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Best Animated Film - WALL-E
Best First Film - Courtney Hunt (Frozen River)
Best Documentary - Man on Wire

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