Monday, December 11, 2006
NYFCC United Behind "93"
The New York Film Critics' Circle has chosen "United 93" as the year's best film, says Variety. The LAFC had named its director Paul Greengrass as Best Director, while NY splits its award by giving its Best Director nod to Martin Scorsese for "The Departed." No movie with the lame final shot of "The Departed" should win Best Director, but if Scorsese is gonna win the Oscar finally, I'm glad it's for a movie far more typical of his career than "Gangs Of New York" or "The Aviator." Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker again won Best Actress and Actor. (I assumed the NYFCC would be Ryan Gosling's best chance at a Best Actor award, so I'm bummed, but at least "Half-Nelson" deservedly won Best First Feature.) Jennifer Hudson won Best Supporting Actress, Jackie Earle Haley of "Breaking Away" won Best Supporting Actor for Little Children (which I still haven't seen) and -- in a move that will strengthen its chances at the prestigious IRAs -- "Army Of Shadows" won Best Foreign Film.