The New York Film Critics Circle, one of the first critics’ groups to weigh in on awards season, announced its winners on Friday morning with Todd Field’s “Tár” from Focus Features taking the top prize for best film. A24 led the tally for all studios with four wins.
Celebrating its 88th year, the East Coast org is comprised of more than 50 journalists from publications such as Time and Variety.
In the midst of one of the most stacked fields of contenders in years, Cate Blanchett was among the two wins for “Tár,” earning best actress for her turn as a controversial German composer on the verge of losing her grip on power. This marks her second win from the group after “Blue Jasmine” (2013), for which she won her second acting Oscar (after 2004’s “The Aviator”). Far from a done deal, she is fighting in a race that includes surprise Gotham winner Danielle Deadwyler (“Till”), Gotham honoree Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”) and fan-favorite Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”).
One of the jaw-droppers from the group was S.S. Rajamouli winning best director for the Tollywood epic, adventure film “RRR.” Although the movie wasn’t selected to represent India in the international feature category, Variance Films has mounted a substantial campaign to have the film recognized in the general categories including best picture. It looks like it could be paying off.
Colin Farrell won best actor for his work in two of the four films he starred in 2022 – “The Banshees of Inisherin” by Martin McDonagh and “After Yang” from Kogonada. The 46-year-old Irish star is the fifth leading actor to win the prize for multiple performances after Brad Pitt for “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life” (2011), Robert DeNiro for “Awakenings” and “Goodfellas” (1990), Jack Nicholson for “Chinatown” and “The Last Detail” (1974) and William Powell for “Life With Father” and “The Senator Was Indiscreet” (1947). All men went on to receive a nomination for one of their films during their respective years.
Much of the season has surrounded Brendan Fraser’s work in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale.” However, Farrell’s turn as the lovable drinking buddy Pádraic in McDonagh’s dramedy has captivated audiences since debuting at Venice, where Farrell won the Volpi Cup for best actor over Fraser, whose film also debuted there.
Best Film: “Tár” (Focus Features)
Best Director: S. S. Rajamouli, “RRR” (Variance Films)
Best Actor: Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Tár” (Focus Features)
Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24)
Best Supporting Actress: Keke Palmer, “Nope” (Universal Pictures)
Best Screenplay: “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures) – Martin McDonagh
Best Animated Film: “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” (A24)
Best Cinematography: “Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount Pictures) – Claudio Miranda
Best First Film: “Aftersun” (A24) – Charlotte Wells
Best International: “EO” (Poland)
Best Non-Fiction Film: “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” (Neon)