The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) has announced their award winners for the 2015 year in film. Carol came away with many top accolades including Best Picture, Best Director (Todd Haynes), Best Screenplay (adapted by Phyllis Nagy), and Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman, Far From Heaven). These results fall in line with the film’s current sweeping of nominations for several awards platforms, most recently for the Independent Spirit Awards.
Inside Out, which has been a top contender so far for the Academy Awards’ Best Animated Feature award, nabbed the Critics’ stamp of approval.
The Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories turned up some surprises in Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria), respectively, who have both been present in award discussions, but have looked to be underdog competitors up to this point. Michael Keaton taking home Best Actor for Spotlight is noteworthy as he will be in consideration for the Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Golden Globes.
See the full list of winners below:
Best Picture: Carol
Best Director: Todd Haynes, Carol
Best Screenplay: Carol
Best Actress: Soairse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Spotlight
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
Best Cinematographer: Edward Lachman, Carol
Best Animated Film: Inside Out
Best Non-fiction Film (Documentary): In Jackson Heights
Best Foreign Film: Timbuktu
Best First Film: Laszlo Nemes, Son of Saul
Special Award: William Becker and Janus Films
Special Award: Ennio Morricone, composer