Wednesday, December 02, 2015

2015 New York Film Critics Circle Award Winners

Truly wish that what every one says, the NYFCC awards winners predicting the Oscars, could be true this one time as the so-called "harbingers of the Oscar nominations" group gave us some very interesting possibilities including Carol sweeping away most categories and Kristen Stewart winning the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria.

Unfortunately we know that what critics say is NOT necessarily what Academics say; still what these winners can tell is that the American awards season is just starting and there is much to say, perhaps more than what many anticipated.

No doubt that I'm extremely happy with Carol winning so many awards as I wish this movie could do more than what Brokeback Mountain did a few years back; there are some of us that still are waiting for the lesbian Brokeback Mountain and believe Carol should be the one. Also very please that some still recall Kristen Stewart great performance in Clouds of Sils Maria, a performance that gave her a 2015 Cesar.

These are the award winners listed at the group official site.

Best Feature Film: Carol

Best Director: Todd Haynes for Carol

Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

Best Actor: Michael Keaton in Spotlight
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies

Best Cinematography: Edward Lachman for Carol
Best Screenplay: Carol

Best First Feature: Laszlo Nemes for Son of Saul
Best Nonfiction Film (documentary): In Jackson Heights
Best Animated Film: Inside Out
Best Foreign Language Film: Timbuktu

Special Award: William Becker and Janus Films
Special Award: Ennio Morricone

To check the list at the official site go here.

I'm in the mood to share with you some info that tells why Carol is a true feast to the eyes.  Just a few days ago Ed Lachman was awarded the Golden Frog, the top award at Poland's Camerimage Film Festival, which is devoted to the art of cinematography.  The jury declared it a film of "aristocratic grace and elegance", noting its "delicate and precise exploration of emotion through color and light".  They added, "It seamlessly evokes the period by paying homage to the great photography of the time".

Indeed the last sentence is clearly seen when we see Ruth Orkin photography of Geraldine Dent at the Vegetable Market and compare side by side with stills of Cate Blanchett in Carol.  Also see Esther Bubley's Girl Sitting Alone in the Sea Grill and Cate Blanchet in the dinette.  Know there are many more examples but hope that now many will understand how great is the cinematography in Carol.

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