Two days ago the legendary, famously cantankerous Armond White, film critic for the New York Press, was (a) re-elected as the 2009 chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, and (b) also elected 2008 vice-chair. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Gregg Goldstein reported yesterday that the NYFCC will vote on the year’s best Dec. 10 vote on 12.10, and that the awards ceremony will happen on 1.5.09.
When I think of White, I think of his uniform approvals of (to the best of my recollection) just about every Steven Spielberg film ever made, including “the excellent, excellent” Munich. I’m also reminded of White’s attempt last year to dissuade the NYFCC from giving to give Sidney Lumet a Life Achievement Award, by way of an impassioned speech in front of the group.