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NY Film Critics Circle Will Vote November 28, Beating Out Board of Review

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 19, 2011 at 8:27AM

The New York Film Critics Circle will move up their annual vote for the 2011 Film Critics Circle Awards to November 28, ahead of the December 1 National Board of Review meeting, which historically has been the first year-end group to vote. The NYFCC will meet at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center. 
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The New York Film Critics Circle will move up their annual vote for the 2011 Film Critics Circle Awards to November 28, ahead of the December 1 National Board of Review meeting, which historically has been the first year-end group to vote. The NYFCC will meet at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center. 

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Hollywood Foreign Press Association will all be adding pressure to distributors to screen their movies in a timely manner; the LAFCA will meet this weekend to pick their date, usually in early December; Golden Globe screening deadline is December 7. While still-to-be-seen J. Edgar (from Clint Eastwood) will open the AFI FEST on November 3, filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Stephen Daldry are known for holding onto their tinkering privileges until the last minute. Both Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and War Horse are high-profile late-breaking December films. So is Weinstein Co.'s The Iron Lady (December 16), starring Meryl Streep as Maggie Thatcher.

The NYFCC awards will be given out at a January 9th ceremony. Critics Circle Chairman John Anderson says they are "excited about kicking off the annual end-of-year discussion with our new early voting date," and believes that based on what they've seen so far, they have "another passionate debate amongst our members" to look forward to. The Circle considers their awards "a principled alternative to the Oscars," immune to the politics and commerciality of the Oscars. Last year's NYFCC winners went like this:

Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Screenplay: Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Best Actress: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Best Actor, Colin Firth: The King's Speech
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Best Cinematographer: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Joining Chairman John Anderson in leading the group is this year’s Vice-Chairman, Time Out New York Senior Film Writer Joshua Rothkopf, who will assume the duties of Chairman for 2012. Additions to the group are returning voting member Amy Taubin of Film Comment and a new member, Salon film critic Andrew O’ Hehir.

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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.