Sat. Oct 31st, 2020

'Parasite' tops New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) awards; Lupita Nyong'o, Joe Pesci, Laura Dern add to their wins


The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) have chosen Parasite as the best film of 2019, also giving the South Korean dark comedy Best Director (Bong Joon-ho) and Best Screenplay (Bong Joon-ho and Jin Won Han).

Lupita Nyong (Us) won Best Actress after scooping up a win from the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) and it’s worth noting that Best Actress has the NYFCO’s best track record of crossing over to an Oscar nomination; it’s happened 17/18 times with Sally Hawkins in 2008 (for Happy-Go-Lucky) as the only exception.

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) picked up his first Best Actor critics win and Joe Pesci (The Irishman) doubled up with a supporting actor win here to go with his NYFCC win earlier this week.

The group’s Debut Director was a left field choice with The Chambermaid‘s Lila Avilés triumphing over Booksmart‘s Olivia Wilde and Mati Diop for Atlantics in multiple rounds of voting. The Chambermaid is Mexico’s International Feature Film Oscar submission.

Kelvin Harrison, Jr. won the group’s Breakthrough Performer for his one-two punch of Luce and Waves this year. Rocketman was chosen the best Use of Music, defeating Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Dolemite Is My Name is multiple round voting.


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Céline Sciamma – Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Todd Douglas Miller – Apollo 11

ANIMATED FEATURE: Jérémy Clapin – I Lost My Body

DIRECTOR: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

BEST ACTOR: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

BEST ACTRESS: Lupita Nyong’o – Us

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Joe Pesci – The Irishman

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laura Dern – Marriage Story

ENSEMBLE: Knives Out (Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, LaKeith Stanfield, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer, Frank Oz, K Callan)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER: Kelvin Harrison, Jr. – Luce and Waves

DEBUT DIRECTOR: Lila Avilés – The Chambermaid

SCREENPLAY: Bong Joon-ho and Jin Won Han – Parasite

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins – 1917

USE OF MUSIC: Rocketman (Composer Matthew Margeson, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Giles Martin. Performer Taron Egerton)

Top 10 Films of 2019:

  • 1917
  • The Farewell
  • Hustlers
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
  • Parasite
  • The Two Popes
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