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.
Presented by Bong Joon-ho
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Presented by Frances McDormand
Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Presented by Chloë Sevigny
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:
Shabier Kirchner, Small Axe (all films)
Best Nonfiction Film:
Best First Film:
The 40-Year-Old Version (Radha Blank)
Best Animated Film:
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)
Jordan Hoffman (VICE CHAIR)
Marshall Fine (GENERAL MANAGER)
The New Yorker
Kameron Austin Collins
New York Magazine
Steven D. Greydanus
The National Catholic Register
The Wall Street Journal
Christian Science Monitor
New York Observer
The Hollywood Reporter
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Post
New York Magazine
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