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New York Film Critics Circle add to consensus: NCFOM is the film to beat

These days No Country for Old Men is in total domination mood and the folks at the New York Film Critics Circle have come to the same conclusion. What is curious about this list is that There Will Be Blood actually shared in some of the honors and that The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is nowhere to be seen. A blast from the past in The Lives of Others only reminds us that it got a week one release in Los Angeles only – almost the same deal for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days – whose distrib IFC can't seem to get their act together with a release strategy. My favorite award mentions are  Sidney Lumet's lifetime achievement award, and a special critics' award to Charles Burnett for his re-release of Killer of Sheep. The NYFCC awards ceremony is set for Jan. 6 at Spotlight in New York.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men

Best Director: Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)
Best Screenplay: Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)

Best Actress: Julie Christie (Away From Her)
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone)
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)
Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood)
Best Animated Feature: Persepolis
Best Nonfiction film: No End in Sight
Best Foreign-language film: The Lives of Others

Best first film: Away From Her

Lifetime achievement award: Sidney Lumet

Special critics' award: Charles Burnett “Killer of Sheep” (Milestone Films)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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