The New York Film Critics Circle, is an organization of film reviewers from New York-based publications that exists to honor excellence in U.S. and world cinema.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
The Hurt Locker
Katheryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
In The Loop
Meryl Streep - Julie and Julia
George Clooney - Up In The Air / Fantastic Mr. Fox
Best Supporting Actress
Mo'Nique - Precious
Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz - Inglorious Basterds
Christian Berger - The White Ribbon
Best Animated Film
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary)
Of Time and The City
Best Foreign Film
Best First Film
Hunger - Steve McQueen
Founded in 1935, the Circle's membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, and qualifying on-line general-interest publications. Every year in December the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the previous calendar year's films.
Among The categories: best picture, director, screenplay, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, cinematography, animated movie and best first film. Special stand-alone awards are also given to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the art of cinema, including producers, directors, actors, writers, critics, historians, film restorers and service organizations.
The Circle's awards are often viewed as harbingers of the Oscar nominations, which are announced each February. The Circle's awards are also viewed -- perhaps more accurately -- as a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring esthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures. A complete list of previous winners is available on this site, along with a list of current members with links to their publications.
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