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New York Film Critics Circle Announces Winners


The New York Film Critics Circle announced their winners today, and just like years prior, have made some interesting choices sure to shake up preconceived notions about this year’s awards players.

Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods made a great showing, being one of only two films to win multiple awards, winning Best Actor for Delroy Lindo and Best Supporting Actor for Chadwick Boseman. Lee also won a special award for his short New York New York.

Eliza Hittman’s indie hit Never Rarely Sometimes Always was the other film to win multiple awards. Hittman (who we interviewed here) won Best Screenplay and the film’s young breakout Sidney Flanigan (who we interviewed here) took home Best Actress, keeping her name in the conversation as the season progresses.

Chloé Zhao won Best Director for Nomadland, a category she is sure to be linked to continuously in the coming months. Best Film went to Kelly Reichardts First Cow, which has made strong showings at other critics awards too. And the early awards buzz around Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’s breakout Maria Bakalova may prove true as she took home the Best Supporting Actress award.

Read the full list of winners from the New York Film Critics Circle below.

Best Film

First Cow

Best Director

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Actor

Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods

Best Actress

Sidney Flanigan – Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Best Supporting Actor

Chadwick Boseman – Da 5 Bloods

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best Screenplay

Eliza Hittman – Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Best Cinematography

Shabier Kirchner – Small Axe (all films)

Best First Film

The 40-Year-Old Version (Radhaa Blank

Best Non-Fiction Film


Best Animated Film


Best Foreign Language Film


Special Awards

  • Kino Lorber, for their creation of Kino Marquee, a virtual cinema distribution service that was designed to help support movie theaters, not destroy them.
  • Spike Lee for inspiring the New York community with his short film “New York New York” and for advocating for a better society through cinema.


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Written by Grace Carbone

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