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New York Film Critics Circle Awards Dinner Expects a Starry Turnout

Photo of John Anderson By John Anderson | Thompson on Hollywood January 3, 2014 at 5:02PM

The New York Film Critics Circle holds its annual awards dinner Monday night and while the critics themselves try to keep the Oscar speculation at arm’s length, the people angling for statuettes don’t. Which is why the honorees “rumored” to be showing up at the historic Edison Ballroom (they’re always “rumored” until they actually show up) will be reducing the paparazzi to puddles of goo.
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Robert Redford

The New York Film Critics Circle holds its annual awards dinner Monday night and while the critics themselves (including me) try to keep the Oscar speculation at arm’s length, the people angling for statuettes don’t. Which is why the honorees “rumored” to be showing up at the historic Edison Ballroom (they’re always “rumored” until they actually show up) will be reducing the paparazzi to puddles of goo.

Cate Blanchett at Dubai
Cate Blanchett at Dubai

They’ll include (maybe) best actress frontrunner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), best director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”),  best supporting actor Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”); David O. Russell (best screenplay with Eric Singer for “American Hustle”) and Bruno Delbonnel, the man behind the miraculous cinematography of “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

The last time the NYFCC’s pic for Best Actor -- Robert Redford, of ‘All Is Lost” --  was honored by the group was back in 1995, when a film he directed -- “Quiz Show”—was named best film, having gone a fierce five rounds (of balloting, it can probably now be revealed) with “Pulp Fiction.” Sundance was under way, and while a number of the group’s members (this writer among them) were stuck out in Utah, Redford made a quick back and forth to pick up his award, which was presented by Paul Newman – the best actor that year for “Nobody’s Fool.”

With Oscar balloting under way, Redford--who has landed Critics Choice, Indie Spirit, Gotham and Globe noms but not SAG-- needs the boost this publicity will provide, so we're going to bet on his showing up--although you never know if he'll be on time.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Awards, Oscars, Robert Redford, All Is Lost, Critics Groups, New York Film Critics Circle, Critics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.