Carol Earns Top Honors From New York Film Critics Circle
Cate Blanchett’s lesbian drama Carol was the toast of the New York Film Critics Circle on Wednesday after landing four awards, including Best Film.
Carol, which was shut out at Monday’s Gotham Awards, also earned Todd Haynes recognition as Best Director, while Edward Lachman claimed Best Cinematography, and Phyllis Nagy scored the Best Screenplay title for her adaptation of author Patricia Highsmith’s controversial 1952 gay romance novel The Price of Salt, in which the Oscar winner’s titular character enjoys a romance with a younger woman, played by Rooney Mara. Michael Keaton was another big winner, landing the Best Actor prize for Spotlight, while Saoirse Ronan was named Best Actress for Brooklyn. Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) and Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria) were awarded supporting accolades. Best Animated Film went to Inside Out, while Timbuktu emerged victorious as Best Foreign Film, and Special Awards were dedicated to composer Ennio Morricone and the late film critic William Becker and his Janus Films company. Becker died in September, aged 88. The awards will be handed out at the NYFCC’s annual gala on January 4. The NYFCC’s top picks, which were announced on Wednesday, are considered to be among the best indicators in the run up to the Academy Awards.