N.Y. Film Critics re-elect Armond White

Will take over for EW's Lisa Schwarzbaum

NEW YORK -- Critic Armond White has been re-elected as the 2009 chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle.

The New York Press critic, who previously held the post in 1994, also was elected 2008 vice-chair by the 30-member group at a Wednesday meeting. He will take over for Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, who is overseeing the group's Dec. 10 vote. The awards ceremony is set for Jan. 5 at Spotlight in New York.

White is well respected in the New York film community for his thoughtful, passionate writing and criticized for what some have described as reflexively contrarian reviews, often citing other critics while defending unpopular films. He is the third African-American to chair NYFCC in the group's 75-year history.

Schwarzbaum said the group is planning two or three panels with screenings next year to commemorate the group's anniversary next year. Some suggestions raised by members so far include "Boy, Did I Get It Wrong," re-examining a film that garnered NYFCC awards, and a panel on the importance of film critics today. The lineup is tentatively set to be announced in January.