'Lady Bird' Named Best Picture by New York Film Critics Circle

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'Lady Bird'

'Girls Trip' star Tiffany Haddish was named best supporting actress by the group.

The New York Film Critics Circle on Thursday named Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut, Lady Bird, as its best picture of 2017. The acclaimed film was also recognized in the category of best actress, with the critics group picking star Saoirse Ronan for the honor.

Sean Baker's The Florida Project won two awards, including best director for Baker and best supporting actor for Willem Dafoe. 

The critics group also recognized Girls Trip's Tiffany Haddish with its prize for best supporting actress, which might be considered a surprising pick as the acclaimed star of the summer blockbuster received the honor over actresses from more conventional awards hopefuls.

Call Me by Your Name star Timothee Chalamet was named best actor, while Paul Thomas Anderson's script for Daniel Day-Lewis' final film, Phantom Thread, was recognized with a best screenplay honor. The NYFCC Award for Phantom Thread is the second high-profile honor to be bestowed upon the yet-to-be-unveiled film this week, with the drama also being named best screenplay by the National Board of Review on Tuesday.

Disney-Pixar's Coco followed its NBR award for best animated feature with the same prize from the New York Film Critics Circle. However, the NBR's picks for best film, actor and actress — The Post and its leads Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep — were missing from the New York critics group's list.

Other Oscar frontrunners not recognized by the NYFCC include Dunkirk; The Shape of Water; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Darkest Hour; The Big Sick; I, Tonya; Molly's Game; Downsizing; and Battle of the Sexes.

The NYFCC also announced Thursday that this year's ceremony will be dedicated to the memory of late film critic, filmmaker and author Richard Schickel.

Last year, La La Land was named best picture by the NYFCC, with Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea each taking three awards.  

A full list of this year's NYFCC winners follows.

Best Picture: Lady Bird
Best
Director: Sean Baker, The Florida Project
Best Actor: Timothee Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Best Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
Best Animated Film: Coco
Best Cinematography: Mudbound
Best First Film: Get Out
Best Foreign Language Film: BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Best Nonfiction Film: Faces Places
Special Award for Career Achievement: Molly Haskell

Founded in 1935, the organization’s membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and qualifying online general-interest publications. Every year in December, the group meets in New York to vote on awards for the previous calendar year’s films.

In addition to the regular categories, which include best picture, director, actor and actress, special stand-alone awards are given to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the art of cinema, including producers, directors, actors, writers, critics, historians, film restorers and service organizations.

The awards will be handed out in New York in January.

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