N.Y. Post critic Lou Lumenick assessed the New York Film Critics Circle winners today as follows: “The NYFCC and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association rarely agree on their top choices. [So it’s] really fascinating is that with two major exceptions — LA went for Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart and Yolande Moreau in Seraphine — the New Yorkers almost exactly duplicated the L.A. list.”
It also “carries real weight that both groups gave their best picture award to The Hurt Locker and Best Director to Kathryn Bigelow,” he said. I agree and so does everyone else.
NYFCC winners plus HE reactions:
Best Film — The Hurt Locker. HE comment: Very cool.
Best Director — Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. HE comment: Damn right.
Best Screenplay — In the Loop. HE comment: Excellent!
Best Actress — Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia. HE comment: Goddammit….why? Is it that critics feel that Streep hasn’t won enough awards? Her Julie & Julia thing is just another “expert” Streep performance, which really isn’t much more than a bit. It doesn’t begin to compare with Carey Mulligan‘s in An Education. What the eff is going on here?
Best Actor — George Clooney for Up In The Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox. HE comment: Fine.
Best Supporting Actress — Mo’Nique for Precious. HE comment: There could have been no other choice. The word has gone out and the fix is in. This is like being at a Mussolini youth rally.
Best Supporting Actor — Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds. HE comment: I fucking give up.
Best Cinematography — Christian Berger for The White Ribbon. HE comment: Okay, but I’m more of a Barry Ackroyd for The Hurt Locker type of guy.
Best Animated Film — Fantastic Mr. Fox. HE comment: Respectable choice.