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Armond White tossed from the NYFCC

Armond White tossed from the NYFCC

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Armond White tossed from the New York Film Critics The story goes that contrarian film critic Armond White was heckling Steve McQueen as he took the stage for the New York Film Critics – this, being the first time any black director has ever won the honor.  White, being one of the few black critics in any film critics group, had panned 12 Years a Slave while simultaneously losing his…

Aftershocks from Armond White’s NYFCC meltdown continue

Aftershocks from Armond White’s NYFCC meltdown continue

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Astonishingly, it  looks as if the NYFCC might be impotent when it comes time to scold their star weasel, Armond White. The group could try to claim that there’s no way to deal with the exhibitionist prick stinking up their reputation. As long as White stops short of actually physically assaulting filmmakers with a salad fork, we’re all forced to watch whenever the grandiose Ass of the New York Critics…

New York Film Critics pay a Price for Being First

New York Film Critics pay a Price for Being First

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The New York Film Critics pushed back their dates (now voting December 3) so that they could announce before the National Board of Review (December 4). They did it to be out front of awards season and to be the first “important” voice of the season. Or perhaps they did it to dampen the impact of the National Board of Review. Both have been around a very long time but…

New York Film Critics to Vote December 3

New York Film Critics to Vote December 3

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The New York Film critics pushed their voting date far back enough so that they would be “first,” ahead of the National Board of Review. The NYFCC will announce a day before the NBR, on December 3, 2013. You will note as we comb through these early awards how one film was dominating (Zero Dark Thirty) and another right on its heels (Lincoln). NYFCC last year: 2012 Awards Best Picture,…

Putting the New York and NBR in Contrast Before Los Angeles Critics Announce

Putting the New York and NBR in Contrast Before Los Angeles Critics Announce

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Probably the biggest mistakes I saw being made yesterday, whether on a blog or on Twitter, were observers who read too much into the National Board of Review’s choices and omissions. The National Board of Review are a great group to push through either obscure and/or borderline contenders. Because they’ve been around so long they have an air of importance about them but no one really knows who they are…

Field Barely Beat Hathaway, Weisz Barely Beat Lawrence

Field Barely Beat Hathaway, Weisz Barely Beat Lawrence

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J. Hoberman talks up the NYFCC – some interesting information: In the acting awards, Sally Fields (“Lincoln”) finally defeated initial front-runner Anne Hathaway (“The Dark Knight Rises” and “Les Miserables”) for Best Supporting Actress on a fourth ballot while, in a rare second ballot win, Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike” and “Bernie”) beat outChristoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) and Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”). The closest and most surprising race sawRachel Weisz (“The Deep Blue Sea”) edged Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games” and…

Zero Dark Thirty Takes Early Lead in Oscar’s Race for Best Picture

Zero Dark Thirty Takes Early Lead in Oscar’s Race for Best Picture

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Buzz is a funny thing. Just because Oscar pundits think they know the buzz before the buzz starts, there’s no mistaking it once it gets here. Right now, the movie that has all of the buzz is Zero Dark Thirty, right behind it is Lincoln. Both films won three awards at the New York Film critics today. Steven Spielberg has never won the New York Film Critics award, not for…

Zero Dark Thirty

New York Film Critics Awards, 3 apiece for Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln!

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Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, Deep Blue Sea Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Bernie and Magic Mike Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln Best Cinematography: Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty Best Foreign Language Film: Michael Haneke, Amour Best First Film: David France, How To Survive a Plague Best Nonfiction…

New York Film Critics – Last Minute Predictions?

New York Film Critics – Last Minute Predictions?

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Tomorrow morning, starting at 7am Pacific, believe it or not, the New York Film critics will announce. We then have two days before National Board of Review and Los Angeles Film critics. The next two weeks are going to be interesting.  Some contenders might shift forward in unexpected ways. No, the critics don’t vote for Oscars. But they can shift momentum, especially for a film or actor who hasn’t really…

The New York Film Critics Preview and Predictions, 2012

The New York Film Critics Preview and Predictions, 2012

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It’s hard to believe a whole year has flown by that we were all studiously predicting The Tree of Life and Hugo to win Best Picture at the New York Film Critics only to then see that award go to The Artist. They aren’t as off base with Oscar as you might think. For instance, our trusty Nate Silver Oscar wonk, Marshall Flores has compiled nominees chart that says if…