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For the NBR contest, the high score this year belongs to Roberto Moreno, who scored 11 out of a possible 19 points. Meanwhile, we have three co-winners for our NYFCC predictions contest — each got 4/9 categories correct: Tom Kane Bill Nelson Donald Sheldon Congratulations to all of our winners! Please email us to claim your prize!

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Predictions Friday: Critics and Oscar Voters Aren’t the Same – Vive La Différence

As the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics awards came down over the past 48 hours, it was a good reminder of the differences between film critics and Oscar voters. Up until COVID ended film and awards as we know them, the awards came so fast and furiously, with voting mostly done at the beginning of January. But this year, as it was a year ago, we'll have one more month to think things through before the final ballots are filled out. This is how the industry sees film critics: https://youtu.be/4ld9EP5yAX4 And when it comes to...

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‘Drive My Car’ Takes Top Honors at 2021 NYFCC

Ryusuke Hamaguchi's Drive My Car received top honors at the 2021 New York Film Critics Circle as their annual awards were announced today. Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog received the most recognitions (three) including director, actor, and supporting actor. Lady Gaga received Best Actress for her performance in House of Gucci. Here is your full list of winners for the 2021 NYFCC.   Best Film - Drive My Car Best Director - Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog Best Actor - Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog Best Actress - Lady Gaga, House of Gucci Best Supporting Actor - Kodi...

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Licorice Pizza Tops NBR’s List of Best of 2021

Best Film: LICORICE PIZZA Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, LICORICE PIZZA Best Actor: Will Smith, KING RICHARD Best Actress: Rachel Zegler, WEST SIDE STORY Best Supporting Actor: Ciarán Hinds, BELFAST Best Supporting Actress: Aunjanue Ellis, KING RICHARD Best Original Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, A HERO Best Adapted Screenplay: Joel Coen, THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH Breakthrough Performance: Alana Haim & Cooper Hoffman, LICORICE PIZZA Best Directorial Debut: Michael Sarnoski, PIG Best Animated Feature: ENCANTO Best Foreign Language Film: A HERO Best Documentary: SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) Best Ensemble: THE HARDER THEY FALL Outstanding Achievement in...

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Spielberg’s Masterful West Side Story Takes Us There

If you are lucky, you get to live through the era of Steven Spielberg, a restless, imaginative artist who has been making movies almost as long as I’ve been alive. Like the handful of great directors still making movies from the 1970s, Spielberg knows that you can’t simply make the same movie over and over again and last over 40 years. You have to challenge yourself, try something new, even if that something new is considered a “failure.” To be really great, I mean in the pantheon, you have to be able to use different muscles.  Spielberg has made everything...

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Reframe: The Piano

Has there ever been a more transgressive director than Jane Campion? Whether you are talking about Sweetie, An Angel At My Table, Holy Smoke, In The Cut, or both seasons of her brilliant series Top of the Lake, no other filmmaker alive delivers such complex characters (particularly female characters) as does Campion. Everyone is flawed, motivations are never simple, and her characters are not there to be loved, but to be seen. Hell, even Bright Star is transgressive in that it is a Jane Campion film that is NOT all that transgressive (although still fantastic). Such is the case with...

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2022 Oscar TRACKER

National Board of Review winner+/* top ten

Best Picture
Belfast*
West Side Story*
The Power of the Dog
King Richard+
Licorice Pizza+
Being the Ricardos
Dune*
The Last Duel*
Nightmare Alley*
Don't Look Up*
The Tragedy of Macbeth*
CODA
Cyrano
Red Rocket*
Spencer
House of Gucci
No Time to Die
Mass
In the Heights
Respect

Best ActorWill Smith, King Richard+
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Denze Washington, Tragedy of Macbeth
Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
Andrew Garfield, Tick Tick Boom
Bradley Cooper, Nightmare Alley
Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
Matt Damon, The Last Duel
Leonardo DiCaprio, Don't Look Up
Ansel Elgort, West Side Story
Nicolas Cage, Pig
Anthony Ramos, In the Heights

Best Actress Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
Rachel Zegler, West Side Story+
Jennifer Hudson, Respect
Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
Jodie Comer, The Last Duel
Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers 
Rachel Zegler, West Side Story
Jessica Chastain, Eyes of Tammy Faye 
Frances McDormand, Tragedy of Macbeth
Tessa Thompson, Passing

Best Supporting Actor Ciarán Hinds, Belfast+
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
JK Simmons, Being the Ricardos
Mike Faist, West Side Story
David Alvarez, West Side Sto
Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar
Ben Affleck, The Last Duel
Adam Driver, The Last Duel
Jesse Plemmons, The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield, Eyes of Tammy Faye
Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Cyrano
Forest Whitaker, Respect

Best Supporting Actress Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard+
Rita Moreno, West Side Story
Ariana Debose, West Side Story
Caitriona Balfe, Belfast
Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley
Nina Arianda, Being the Ricardos
Alia Shawcat, Being the Ricardos
Ann Dowd, Mass
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
Judi Dench, Belfast
 Marlee Matlin, CODA
Ruth Negga, Passing
Martha Plimpton, Mass
Emma Thompson, Cruella
Olga Merediz, In the Heights


Best Director Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza+
Denis Villeneuve, Dune
Guillermo Del Toro, Nightmare Alley
Reinaldo Marcus Green, King Richard
Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos
Adam McKay, Don't Look Up
Ridley Scott, The Last Duel
Joe Wright, Cyrano
Pablo Larrain, Spencer
Jon M. Chu, In the Heights
Leisl Tommy, Respect

Original ScreenplayBelfast
Being the Ricardos
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Don't Look Up
A Hero+
C'mon, C'mon 
Spencer
Mass

Adapted Screenplay The Power of the Dog
West Side Story
The Lost Daughter 
CODA
Nightmare Alley
Cyrano
Dune
The Last Duel
The Tragedy of Macbeth+

Cinematography The Power of the Dog
Dune
West Side Story
Tragedy of Macbeth+
The Last Duel
Nightmare Alley
Cyrano
Belfast
In the Heights
Spencer

EditingBelfast
West Side Story
Dune 
The Power of the Dog
The Last Duel
Cyrano
No Tme to Die
King Richard
In the Heights


Production Design Dune
The Power of the Dog

West Side Story
Nightmare Alley
Belfast
The Last Duel
Cyrano
Tragedy of Macbeth
Dune
Cruella


Sound Mixing + Editing West Side Story
Dune
No Time to Die
Tick Tick Boom
Cyrano
The Last Duel
The Power of the Dog
In the Heights


Costumes Cruella
West Side Story
Nightmare Alley
Being the Ricardos
Spencer
House of Gucci
The Last Duel
Cyrano
The Power of the Dog
French Dispatch
Dune
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Respect


Visual EffectsDune
No Time to Die
Nightmare Alley
Black Widow
The Last Duel
A Quiet Place II


Original ScoreThe Power of the Dog
Spencer
Nightmare Alley
Dune
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Luca


Original Song TBD

Makeup and Hair West Side Story
Being the Ricardos
Nightmare Alley
Belfast
The Last Duel
House of Gucci
Respect
Dune
Cruella


Animated Feature Encanto
Luca
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Flee
Raya and the Last Dragon


Documentary Feature Summer of Soul+
The Rescue
Julia
Flee<
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International Feature TBD

Live Action ShortTBD

Documentary ShortTBD

Animated ShortTBD

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