The New York Film Critics Circle announced its selection Wednesday for the best film of 2019, honoring Martin Scorsese’s mob drama “The Irishman.”
It was the second day in a row that the three-and-a-half-hour Netflix-produced epic earned a prestigious award, coming on the heels of Tuesday’s announcement by the National Board of Review that it had selected “The Irishman” as its best film of the year.
The AP notes that the New York critics also honored Joe Pesci as best supporting actor for his performance in “The Irishman.”
The early awards season recognition positions the Scorsese film as a contender for the best picture Oscar, which would be a first for Netflix. A year ago the New York critics named another Netflix title, Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” as their selection for best film.
Other New York critics’ selections for 2019 include Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) for best actress and Antonio Banderas (“Pain & Glory”) for best actor, with Laura Dern named best supporting actress for her performances in both Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.”
“Best director went to a pair of native New Yorkers: Josh and Benny Safdie, whose upcoming ‘Uncut Gems’ stars Adam Sandler as a dealer in Manhattan’s diamond district,” the AP notes.
The New York Film Critics Circle will hand out the awards Jan. 7. Click on the link above to the AP story for additional winners.