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The Rider Surprises To Win NSFC Best Picture Award

Brady Jandreau in The Rider

In a turn of events few saw coming, Chloe Zhao's The Rider won Best Picture at today's National Society of Film Critics awards. The group voted on the top prize mid-way through their meeting today, and the film's non-appearance in any of the preceding awards made its choice particularly surprising, but very welcome indeed! This makes the NSFC the first major group this year to give its Best Picture prize to a female-helmed picture. As usual, the NSFC's picks this year are a fine reflection of the best of the year in movies, as you'll see below...

Best Picture

1. The Rider

2. Roma

3. Burning

Best Director

1. Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

2. Lee Chang Dong (Burning)

= Chloe Zhao (The Rider)

Best Actress

1. Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

2. Regina Hall (Support the Girls)

3. Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Best Actor

1. Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)

2. Willem Dafoe (At Eternity's Gate)

3. Ben Foster (Leave No Trace)

= John C. Reilly (The Sisters Brothers / Stan & Ollie)

Best Supporting Actress

1. Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

2. Elizabeth Debicki (Widows)

3. Emma Stone (The Favourite)

Best Supporting Actor

1. Steven Yeun (Burning)

2. Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

3. Brian Tyree Henry (If Beale Street Could Talk / Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse / Widows)

Best Screenplay

1. Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin and David Schneider (The Death of Stalin)

2. Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

3. Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (The Favourite)

Best Cinematography

1. Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

2. James Laxton (If Beale Street Could Talk)

3. Lukasz Zal (Cold War)

Best Non-Fiction Film

1. Minding the Gap

2. Shirkers

3. Amazing Grace

Best Foreign-Language Film

1. Roma

2. Cold War

3. Burning

= Shoplifters

Special Citation for a Film Awaiting U.S. Distribution

A Family Tour (Ying Liang)

Film Heritage Award

MoMA for restoring Ernst Lubitsch's 1923 film Rosita, starring Mary Pickford

The team of producers, editors, restorers, technicians and cineastes who laboured for decades to bring Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind to completion for a new generation of movie lovers

Image Credit: MovieStillsDB

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