Carol and Kristen Stewart Win at the 2015 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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Damn, that cigarette is good. Photo: Number 9 Films

And the critics are off! The New York Film Critics Circle has convened and given out their laurels for the best of the year, and the big winner is Todd Haynes's Carol. The lesbian drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara made a strong showing, taking Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Last year, Richard Linklater's Boyhood took the top prize, only to lose out later to Birdman at the Oscars. Kristen Stewart has also reasserted herself as a presence in the Best Supporting Actress category for her turn in Clouds of Sils Maria. Stewart notably became the first American actress to win a competitive César back in February. Here's the full list of winners:

BEST FILM
Carol

BEST DIRECTOR
Todd Haynes, Carol


BEST SCREENPLAY
Phyllis Nagy, Carol


BEST ACTRESS
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn


BEST ACTOR
Michael Keaton, Spotlight

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ed Lachman, Carol


BEST NON-FICTION FILM
In Jackson Heights


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Timbuktu


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Inside Out


BEST FIRST FILM
László Nemes, Son of Saul

SPECIAL AWARDS
William Becker and Janus Films
Ennio Morricone