The group, one of the first to announce winners during the annual awards season, met on Thursday to vote on its selections. Expect many of these films and performances to become familiar over the coming months, as other awards bodies hand out prizes.
"Roma" already seems like a shoo-in for more awards attention, having premiered to rave reviews at the Venice, Toronto, and Telluride Film Festivals earlier this year. The autobiographical film also took home the NYFCC's Best Director prize for Alfonso Cuaron, the Best Cinematography award, and will also vie for the Best Foreign Language Film trophy at the Academy Awards. These wins certainly suggest it will be a big player in the Best Picture field, too.
One of the hallmarks of the NYFCC is its sometimes offbeat selections, and that's especially true of its Best Actress honoree, Regina Hall, who nabbed the group's prize for "Support the Girls." The little-seen indie flick has been a critical darling this year, and now, Hall is effectively on the radar for a potential Oscar nomination for her work.
The entire list of honorees is below. The NYFCC will hand out its awards at a ceremony in January.
Best Picture: Roma
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Best Actress: Regina Hall, Support the Girls
Best Screenplay: First Reformed
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Cinematography: Roma
Best First Film: Eighth Grade
Best Foreign Language Film: Cold War
Best Nonfiction Film: Minding the Gap
Special Award: David Schwartz, stepping down as chief film curator at Museum of the Moving Image after 33 years
Special Award: Kino Classics box set Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]