Lupita wins New York Film Critics Circle award for ‘Us’ role
Antonio Banderas, Lupita Nyong’o, Joe Pesci, and Laura Dern won big at this year’s New York Film Critics Circle.
According to Vanity Fair, Banderas picked up best actor for Pain and Glory; Nyong’o won for Us; Pesci was named best supporting actor for his turn in The Irishman; and Dern nabbed best supporting actress for her roles in both Marriage Story and Little Women, a rare double honor.
The awards were announced on Wednesday with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman winning best film.
Banderas beat potential contenders like major Oscar threats Adam Driver in Marriage Story and Joaquin Phoenix in Joker as well as critical faves Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse.
Nyong’o knocked out front-runners like Renée Zellweger in Judy and Saoirse Ronan in Little Women.
Pesci plays mobster Russell Bufalino, turning in a softer, more stoic performance than his Irishman costars.
He beat contenders like e Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse and his fellow Irishman costar Al Pacino, who has also received substantial praise for the Scorsese-directed gangster epic.
Dern becomes an Oscar front runner due to her turn as a tough divorce lawyer in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story. She also plays the complete opposite in Greta Gerwig’s Little Woman,
The first announced NYFCC award, for best first film, went to Mati Diop’s supernatural Senegalese drama Atlantics.
Best foreign-language film, meanwhile, went to Parasite, Bong Joon-ho’s globally revered drama about a poor family that scams a rich family and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma’s sumptuous 18th-century drama, which won best cinematography.
The award for the best director went to the brothers Safdie, Josh and Benny, for Uncut Gems.
The NYFCC also announced that special awards will be given to the film-preservation organization IndieCollect and supercomposer Randy Newman, who composed the score for Marriage Story.
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