‘First Cow’ was named Finest Image of 2020 by the New York Movie Critics

This picture, published by A24, shows John Magaro in a scene from the movie “First Cow”. The New York Film Critics Circle voted Kelly Reichardt’s western fable “First Cow” the best film of 2020 on Friday, December 18, 2020. (Allyson Riggs / A24 via AP)

This picture, published by A24, shows John Magaro in a scene from the movie “First Cow”. The New York Film Critics Circle voted Kelly Reichardt’s western fable “First Cow” the best film of 2020 on Friday, December 18, 2020. (Allyson Riggs / A24 via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Film Critics Circle voted Kelly Reichardt’s western fable “First Cow” the best film of 2020 on Friday and honored Spike Lee and art house distributor Kino Lorber for their role in a film Film year deeply clouded by the pandemic.

The film critics, who gathered virtually, bestowed the highest honor on First Cow, a sensitive story of friendship and capitalism in the Oregon Territory in the mid-19th century. Reichardt’s film, which hit theaters just days before the nationwide COVID-19 shutdown began in March, hasn’t been widely viewed but remains one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year. The Associated Press also named “First Cow” the # 1 film.

The critics named Maria Bakalova, co-star of Borat Subsequent Movie Film, as best supporting actress and Chadwick Boseman as best supporting actress for his last appearance in the August Wilson adaptation “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Boseman died in August.

Best Actor went to Delroy Lindo for his performance as a Vietnam War veteran in Spike Lee’s “Da Five Bloods”. Best Actress was awarded to Sidney Flanigan, who plays a Pennsylvania teenager who travels to New York for an abortion in “Never Seldom Sometimes Always”. Eliza Hittman, who wrote and directed “Never Seldom Sometimes Always” won Best Screenplay. Chloe Zhao, the filmmaker of “Nomadland” became the best director.

Spike Lee released two features in 2020 – “Da Five Bloods” and “David Byrne’s American Utopia” – but he received a special award for a three-minute short film that he posted on Instagram: “New York New York,” a brief documentary homage to his hometown , made during the first wave of the pandemic.

The group’s other special quote went to Kino Lorber for creating the Kino Marquee virtual cinema service, which will share the proceeds with independent theaters that have been closed by COVID-19. The critics specifically said the honor was for a service that “aims to help support cinemas, not destroy them”.

The New York Film Critics Circle Awards are usually part of a wave of awards for groups of critics that can occasionally affect the award season. Such awards tend to be a drum hit at this time of year, but little is normal in this year’s awards season. The Oscars and Golden Globes, as well as many other awards ceremonies, have been postponed for about two months.

Other NYFCC tips are: “Time” for the best feature film; “Bacurau” for the best foreign language film; “The Forty-Year-Old Version” for best first film; “Wolfwalker” for the best animated film; and the five-film anthology “Small Ax” for best camera.

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