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Martin Scorsese, Bong Joon-Ho, Frances McDormand and Others to Present the 2020 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

A Virtual Awards Ceremony January 24 at 7:00 PM ET
On the NYFCC Website and YouTube Page

New York, NY – January 22, 2021 –  The New York Film Critics Circle announced today the presenters for this year’s special, pre-recorded virtual awards ceremony. Last year’s winners Martin Scorsese (Best Film, The Irishman) and Bong Joon-Ho (Best Foreign Language Film, Parasite) will present alongside Frances McDormand, Alfre Woodard, Chloe Sevigny, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Norm Lewis. (full list of presenters below).   The virtual awards ceremony can be seen on the NYFCC website and official YouTube page on January 24th at 7:00PM ET.
 
This year’s awards also mark the retirement of NYFCC General Manager Marshall Fine. Fine, a four-time former chair of the group, joined the Circle in 1989. Creating the position of treasurer in 1993, he served as a backstop to the group’s chairs. After retiring from criticism in 2016, he created the position of general manager to oversee the NYFCC’s annual awards dinner and provide continuity for the group from year to year.
 
Since 1998, Stephen Garrett has been the de facto archivist for the New York Film Critics Circle. Garrett is the founder and president of Jump Cut, a marketing company specializing in trailers and posters for independent, foreign-language, and documentary films. He was the former film editor at Time Out New York, and over the past 25 years has also written for Esquire, Filmmaker, the Observer, and Book & Film Globe. Garrett will replace Fine as General Manager for 2021 and will be a non-voting member of the NYFCC.
 
Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is the oldest and most prestigious in the country. The circle’s membership includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and the web’s most respected online publications. Every year the organization meets to vote on awards for the calendar year’s films.
 
The Circle’s awards are often seen as shaping the Oscar race. The Circle’s awards are also viewed — perhaps more accurately — as a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring aesthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures.

Best Film:  
First Cow 
Presented by Bong Joon-ho
 
Best Director: 
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Presented by Frances McDormand
 
Best Screenplay:
Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
 
Best Actress:  
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Presented by Chloë Sevigny
 
Best Actor:
Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
Presented by Alfre Woodard
 
Best Supporting Actress: 
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Movie film
Presented by Sacha Baron Cohen
 
Best Supporting Actor: 
Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
Presented by Norm Lewis
 
Best Foreign Language Film: 
Bacurau
 
Best Cinematography:
Shabier Kirchner, Small Axe (all films)
 
Best Nonfiction Film:
Time
 
Best First Film:
The 40-Year-Old Version (Radha Blank)
 
Best Animated Film:
Wolfwalkers
 
Special Awards: 
Kino Lorber
Spike Lee *Presented by Martin Scorsese

 
A FULL LIST OF CURRENT NYFCC MEMBERS INCLUDE:
 
A full list of voting members is below:
 
Stephanie Zacharek (CHAIR)
Time Magazine
 
Jordan Hoffman (VICE CHAIR)
Freelance

Marshall Fine (GENERAL MANAGER)
Freelance

MEMBERS:

Sam Adams
Slate
 
John Anderson
America Magazine

Melissa Anderson
4Columns

Michael Atkinson
Freelance

Richard Brody
The New Yorker

Dwight Brown
NNPA Syndication

Kameron Austin Collins
Rolling Stone
 
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine

David Ehrlich
IndieWire
 
Kate Erbland 
IndieWire
 
David Fear
Rolling Stone
 
Graham Fuller
Freelance

Owen Gleiberman
Variety

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
 
Steven D. Greydanus
The National Catholic Register
 
Rafer Guzman
Newsday

Caryn James
BBC

Stuart Klawans
The Nation 

Eric Kohn
IndieWire
 
Tomris Laffly 
Freelance
 
Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair

Violet Lucca
Freelance 

Joe Morgenstern
The Wall Street Journal

Sheila O’Malley
Rogerebert.com
 
Nick Pinkerton
Freelance
 
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Rex Reed
New York Observer
 
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
 
Joshua Rothkopf
Freelance 

Matt Zoller Seitz
Rogerebert.com

David Sims
The Atlantic
 
Matt Singer
ScreenCrush

Kyle Smith
National Review

Dana Stevens
Slate

Sara Stewart
New York Post

Amy Taubin
Artforum

Peter Travers
ABC

Keith Uhlich
Freelance

Elizabeth Weitzman
The Wrap

Stephen Whitty
Freelance

Alissa Wilkinson
Vox
 
Alison Willmore
New York Magazine

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