You might be taking a break from dairy, but the New York Film Critics Circle can’t get enough of those delicious oily cakes from First Cow, naming Kelly Reichardt’s historical drama their Best Film of 2020 on Friday. Meanwhile, Best Director goes to Nomadland’s Chloé Zhao and Best Screenplay to Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always, for which the film’s star, Sidney Flanigan, also took home Best Actress.
As for the other acting prizes, Maria Bakalova won Best Supporting Actress for her turn as the titular journalist’s daughter in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Delroy Lindo and Chadwick Boseman were awarded Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, for their work in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.
The organization also gave out two special awards to Kino Lorber, for creating Kino Marquee, “a virtual cinema distribution service that was designed to help support movie theaters, not destroy them,” and Spike Lee for “inspiring the New York community with his short film New York New York and for advocating for a better society through cinema.” Read below for the New York Film Critics Circle’s full list of 2020 winners below.
First Cow, directed by Kelly Reichardt
Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
Best First Film
The 40-Year-Old Version, directed by Radha Blank
Never Rarely Sometimes Always, written by Eliza Hittman
Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Best Supporting Actor
Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Small Axe (all films), directed by Steve McQueen
Best Foreign Language Film
Bacurau (Brazil), directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
Best Non-Fiction Film
Time, directed by Garrett Bradley
Best Animated Film