By John H. Foote

The great director/writer John Huston once called the circle “the conscience of American film.” They are the awards group aside from the Academy Awards that matter most. They often go their own way, and today, man did they go their own way!

Netflix seems poised to jump into the Oscar race after surprise wins for Best Film and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón today at the New York Film Critics Circle voting. Roma also won, as expected, Best Cinematography.

The morning was loaded with surprises, some happy ones. Some just, nutty.

Ethan Hawke won Best Actor in First Reformed, which also won the Best Screenplay award for Paul Schrader.

Best Supporting Actor was given to Richard E. Grant for his delightful drunk in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Actress is a stunner!

Regina Hall took the prize for Support the Girls, who saw that coming?

Best Supporting Actress was Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk, as expected.

Best Foreign Language Film was awarded to Cold War.

Another shock, Best Animated film went to the new Spider-Man movie, which again, who saw that coming?

Shocks galore which might or might not shake up the race.

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