Awards season is pushing forward and a welcomed surprise came down when the New York Film Critics Circle announced winners for 2019 on Wednesday.
Lupita Nyong’o was awarded Best Actress by the group for her performance in Jordan Peele’s Us. This comes just a year after Regina Hall became the first Black woman to win Best Actress in the group’s then 83-year history.
This is a key win for Nyong’o and potentially means that her chances of getting an Oscar nomination for the film have increased. Hall, who was nominated for the critically-acclaimed indie film Support the Girls, also garnered nominations at last year’s Gotham Awards and Spirit Awards but this did not net an Oscar nomination.
Atlantics from Mati Diop was also awarded Best First Film.
Check out the full list of winners below:
Best Film: TBA
Best Director: TBA
Best First Film: Atlantics
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas, Pain And Glory
Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, Marriage Story and Little Women
Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Cinematography: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite
Best Non-Fiction Film: Honeyland
Best Animated Film: I Lost My Body
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