Martin Scorsese, Bong Joon-Ho, Frances McDormand to Present the 2020 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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The New York Film Critics Circle announced today the presenters for this year’s special, pre-recorded virtual awards ceremony. Last year’s winners Martin Scorsese (Best Film, The Irishman) and Bong Joon-Ho (Best Foreign Language Film, Parasite) will present,

 

Other presenters include Frances McDormand, Alfre Woodard, Chloe Sevigny, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Norm Lewis.  The virtual awards ceremony can be seen on the NYFCC website and official YouTube page on January 24th at 7:00PM ET.


 

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This year’s awards also mark the retirement of NYFCC General Manager Marshall Fine. Fine, a four-time former chair of the group, joined the Circle in 1989. Creating the position of treasurer in 1993, he served as a backstop to the group’s chairs. After retiring from criticism in 2016, he created the position of general manager to oversee the NYFCC’s annual awards dinner and provide continuity for the group from year to year.


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Since 1998, Stephen Garrett has been the de facto archivist for the New York Film Critics Circle. Garrett is the founder and president of Jump Cut, a marketing company specializing in trailers and posters for independent, foreign-language, and documentary films. He was the former film editor at Time Out New York, and over the past 25 years has also written for Esquire, Filmmaker, the Observer, and Book & Film Globe. Garrett will replace Fine as General Manager for 2021 and will be a non-voting member of the NYFCC.

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 to vote on awards for the calendar year's films.


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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.


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Best Film: 
First Cow
Presented by Bong Joon-ho
 
Best Director:
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Presented by Frances McDormand
 
Best Screenplay:
Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
 
Best Actress: 
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Presented by Chloë Sevigny
 
Best Actor:
Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
Presented by Alfre Woodard
 
Best Supporting Actress:
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Movie film
Presented by Sacha Baron Cohen
 
Best Supporting Actor:
Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
Presented by Norm Lewis
 
Best Foreign Language Film:
Bacurau
 
Best Cinematography:
Shabier Kirchner, Small Axe (all films)
 
Best Nonfiction Film:
Time
 
Best First Film:
The 40-Year-Old Version (Radha Blank)
 
Best Animated Film:
Wolfwalkers
 
Special Awards:
Kino Lorber
Spike Lee *Presented by Martin Scorsese

 

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