UPDATED with complete list of winners: The New York Film Critics Circle on Thursday voted Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon as its Best Film of 2023.
The oldest critics group in the U.S. gave the Apple Original Films pic two wins in voting today, also bestowing Best Actress to Lily Gladstone. Franz Rogowski was named Best Actor for Ira Sachs’ Passages.
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Christopher Nolan won Best Director for Oppenheimer.
Killers of the Flower Moon recounts the tragic true story of the killings of dozens of Osage Nation people in 1920s Oklahoma in an attempt to steal their wealth derived from oil and gas on their land. Gladstone plays Mollie Burkhart, an Osage woman who was married to white settler Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio). Robert De Niro also stars in the script written by Eric Roth based on David Grann’s bestseller.
Last year, the NYFCC’s membership of newspaper, magazine and online critics named Focus Features’ Todd Fields feature Tár Best Film. That pic went on to receive six Oscar noms including Best Picture.
The NYFCC is known for its appreciation for indie movies, hence it doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with AMPAS voters’ final decisions on the top film. The last NYFCC Best Film to continue on and win Best Picture at the Oscars was 2011’s The Artist. The only winner from last year’s NYFCC to continue on and win an Oscar was Ke Huy Quan, who took Best Supporting Actor with the org and at the Academy Awards for A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once.
This year’s Best Supporting Actor winner is Charles Melton for Todd Haynes’ Netflix movie May December. Melton plays Joe Yoo, the younger husband to scandalized actress Gracie Atherton-Yoo (Moore). Best Supporting Actress went to Da’Vine Joy Randolph for The Holdovers.
Other winners today included Celine Song’s Past Lives, earlier this week the big winner at the Gotham Awards and named Best First Film by the NYFCC. Best International Film went to Cannes Palme d’Or winner Anatomy of a Fall. Animated Film went to Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron.
The New York Film Critics Circle will hold its annual Gala Awards dinner January 3 at Tao Downtown.
Below is the full winners list.
Killers of the Flower Moon
Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer
Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon
Franz Rogowski, Ira Sachs’ Passages
May December by Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Charles Melton, May December
BEST NON-FICTION FILM
Menus-Plaisirs — Les Troisgros (dir. Frederick Wiseman)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Boy and the Heron
BEST FIRST FILM
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Anatomy of a Fall
Hoyte Van Hoytema, Oppenheimer
Karen Cooper, Film Forum
Cash prizes to students focusing on film criticism/journalism attending college in the region
Undergraduate: Mick Gaw (NYU)
Graduate: Katherine Prior (Brooklyn College)
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