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Critics name ‘Lady Bird’ best picture

Saoirse Ronan in a scene from Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird." Merie Wallace/A24 via AP

NEW YORK: The New York Film Critics Circle named “Lady Bird” best feature film and its star, Saoirse Ronan, best actress, Thursday, throwing its full support behind Greta Gerwig’s comic drama about growing up in Sacramento, Calif. The wins for “Lady Bird,” announced on Twitter, add further steam to the film’s growing Oscar chances. Gerwig’s first feature as a solo director, “Lady Bird” also has the distinction of setting a new record for perfection: It’s the most widely reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes to receive 100-percent positive reviews.

Earlier in the week, “Lady Bird” also scored honors at the Gotham Awards (for Ronan) and from the National Board of Review (for Gerwig and co-star Laurie Metcalf). Ronan, 23, has now won best actress from the New York critics twice, following her 2015 win for “Brooklyn.”

“The Florida Project” – an A24 release like “Lady Bird” – also fared well with the New York critics, winning best director for Sean Baker and best supporting actor for Willem Dafoe. The film depicts the vibrant but hard lives of those living at a low-budget Florida motel in the shadow of Disney World.

Timothee Chalamet, the young star of the tender coming-of-age tale “Call Me By Your Name,” took best actor from the New York critics. Chalamet, 21, is the youngest to receive the NYFCC award. It’s his third award of the week, following wins at the Gotham Awards and the National Board of Review.

Another breakout star, Tiffany Haddish, took supporting actress for the summer comedy “Girls Trip.” The win could help propel Haddish – who so far hasn’t been counted among the category’s favorites – into further awards contention this season.

Other winners included Paul Thomas Anderson for his screenplay to “Phantom Thread” and Jordan Peele’s horror hit “Get Out” for best first film.

“Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison became the first woman to win the NYFCC’s best cinematography prize. Were her success to continue, Morrison would be the first woman ever nominated for cinematography by the Academy Awards.

Best documentary went to Agnes Varda and JR’s travelogue “Faces Places.” Pixar’s “Coco” landed best animated movie. The foreign language film winner was Robin Campillo’s “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” a docudrama about an AIDS activist in 1990s Paris.

The New York Film Critics Circle Awards will be handed out Jan. 3. The ceremony will be dedicated to one of the group’s former members, Richard Schickel, who died in February. Film writer Molly Haskell will get a career achievement award.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 02, 2017, on page 12.

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