The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) has announced its selection of ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ as the Best Film of 2023. Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, this cinematic portrayal of the Osage murders has captured critical acclaim. Alongside the top honor, Lily Gladstone, who stars in the film, has been awarded Best Actress, further elevating the movie’s standing in the cinematic landscape.
‘Oppenheimer’ and ‘May December’ Shine with Multiple Awards
Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ and the film ‘May December’ have both made significant impressions, each securing two awards. Nolan, known for his visionary filmmaking, received the Best Director accolade for ‘Oppenheimer,’ which also won for Best Cinematography. ‘May December’ garnered recognition for Best Screenplay and saw Charles Melton winning Best Supporting Actor.
A Range of Diverse Winners
The NYFCC’s 2023 awards list showcases a diverse range of talent across various categories. Franz Rogowski earned the Best Actor title for his role in ‘Passages,’ while Da’Vine Joy Randolph was named Best Supporting Actress for her performance in ‘The Holdovers.’ ‘The Boy and the Heron’ was celebrated as the Best Animated Film. The award for Best First Film went to ‘Past Lives,’ with ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ being recognized as the Best International Film. In the nonfiction category, ‘Menus Plaisirs — Les Troisgros’ stood out as the winner.
Complete list of the NYFCC’s 2023 winners follows.
Best Film: Killers of the Flower Moon
Best Director: Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer
Best Actor: Franz Rogowski, Passages
Best Actress: Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon
Best Screenplay: May December
Best Supporting Actor: Charles Melton, May December
Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers
Best Animated Film: The Boy and the Heron
Best Cinematography: Oppenheimer
Best First Film: Past Lives
Best International Film: Anatomy of a Fall
Best Nonfiction Film: Menus-Plaisirs — Les Troisgros
Special Award: Karen Cooper for her five decades of creative leadership as director of Film Forum
Special Acknowledgment and Legacy of Excellence
The NYFCC also bestowed a Special Award upon Karen Cooper for her five decades of influential work at Film Forum. This gesture highlights the Circle’s commitment to recognizing enduring contributions to the film industry.
An Esteemed Circle of Critics
Formed in 1935, the NYFCC is composed of critics from a variety of media outlets, including daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, and qualifying online publications. Their annual awards, decided in December, are a significant event in the film industry calendar, often seen as a precursor to the Oscars.
Commemorating Cinema’s Best
The awards are not just about honoring the current year’s achievements but also serve to acknowledge the broader spectrum of cinematic contributions. This includes special awards for individuals and organizations that have significantly impacted the world of cinema.
Celebratory Ceremony in New York
The awards ceremony is set to be a prestigious event, taking place in New York in January. It’s an occasion where the film community comes together to celebrate the artistry and craft that define cinema.
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