New York Film Critics Circle

The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) is an American film critic organization founded in 1935 by Wanda Hale from the New York Daily News. Its membership includes over 30 film critics from New York-based daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, online publications.[1][2] In December of each year, the organization meets to vote on the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide of the calendar year. The NYFCC also gives special stand-alone awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the art of cinema, including writers, directors, producers, film critics, film restorers, historians and service organizations.[1] The NYFCC Awards are the oldest given by film critics in the country, and one of the most prestigious.[3][4]

New York Film Critics Circle
TypeFilm criticism
Official language

Award ceremonies

Note: Dates listed are those of when the awards were actually given. Announcement dates are earlier.

Ceremony[5] Date Best Film Winner
1stMarch 2, 1936The Informer
2ndJanuary 24, 1937Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
3rdJanuary 9, 1938The Life of Emile Zola
4thJanuary 8, 1939The Citadel
5thJanuary 7, 1940Wuthering Heights
6thJanuary 5, 1941The Grapes of Wrath
7thJanuary 10, 1942Citizen Kane
8thJanuary 3, 1943In Which We Serve
9thUnknownWatch on the Rhine
10thUnknownGoing My Way
11thJanuary 20, 1946The Lost Weekend
12thJanuary 9, 1947The Best Years of Our Lives
13thJanuary 19, 1948Gentleman's Agreement
14thJanuary 21, 1949The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
15thFebruary 5, 1950All the King's Men
16thJanuary 28, 1951All About Eve
17thJanuary 20, 1952A Streetcar Named Desire
18thJanuary 17, 1953High Noon
19thJanuary 23, 1954From Here to Eternity
20thUnknownOn the Waterfront
21stJanuary 21, 1956Marty
22ndJanuary 19, 1957Around the World in 80 Days
23rdUnknownThe Bridge on the River Kwai
24thJanuary 24, 1959The Defiant Ones
25thJanuary 23, 1960Ben-Hur
26thJanuary 23, 1961Sons and Lovers and The Apartment
27thJanuary 20, 1962West Side Story
28thNo awardNo award
29thJanuary 18, 1964Tom Jones
30thJanuary 23, 1965My Fair Lady
31stJanuary 29, 1966Darling
32ndJanuary 29, 1967A Man for All Seasons
33rdJanuary 28, 1968In the Heat of the Night
34thJanuary 26, 1969The Lion in Winter
35thJanuary 25, 1970Z
36thJanuary 18, 1971Five Easy Pieces
37thJanuary 23, 1972A Clockwork Orange
38thJanuary 28, 1973Cries and Whispers
39thJanuary 27, 1974Day for Night
40thJanuary 26, 1975Amarcord
41stJanuary 25, 1976Nashville
42ndJanuary 30, 1977All the President's Men
43rdJanuary 29, 1978Annie Hall
44thJanuary 28, 1979The Deer Hunter
45thFebruary 1, 1980Kramer vs. Kramer
46thJanuary 25, 1981Ordinary People
47thJanuary 31, 1982Reds
48thJanuary 30, 1983Gandhi
49thJanuary 29, 1984Terms of Endearment
50thJanuary 27, 1985A Passage to India
51stJanuary 26, 1986Prizzi's Honor
52ndJanuary 25, 1987Hannah and Her Sisters
53rdJanuary 24, 1988Broadcast News
54thJanuary 15, 1989The Accidental Tourist
55thJanuary 14, 1990My Left Foot
56thJanuary 13, 1991Goodfellas
57thJanuary 12, 1992The Silence of the Lambs
58thJanuary 17, 1993The Player
59thJanuary 16, 1994Schindler's List
60thJanuary 22, 1995Quiz Show
61stJanuary 7, 1996Leaving Las Vegas
62ndJanuary 5, 1997Fargo
63rdJanuary 4, 1998L.A. Confidential
64thJanuary 10, 1999Saving Private Ryan
65thJanuary 9, 2000Topsy-Turvy
66thJanuary 14, 2001Traffic
67thJanuary 6, 2002Mulholland Drive
68thJanuary 12, 2003Far from Heaven
69thJanuary 11, 2004The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
70thJanuary 9, 2005Sideways
71stJanuary 8, 2006Brokeback Mountain
72ndJanuary 7, 2007United 93
73rdJanuary 6, 2008No Country for Old Men
74thJanuary 5, 2009Milk
75thJanuary 11, 2010The Hurt Locker
76thJanuary 10, 2011The Social Network
77thJanuary 9, 2012The Artist
78thJanuary 7, 2013Zero Dark Thirty
79thJanuary 6, 2014American Hustle
80thJanuary 5, 2015Boyhood
81stJanuary 4, 2016Carol
82ndJanuary 3, 2017La La Land
83rdJanuary 3, 2018Lady Bird
84thJanuary 7, 2019Roma
85thJanuary 7, 2020The Irishman

Award categories

Current categories

Retired categories

  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Documentary Film
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director


  1. "About - New York Film Critics Circle". New York Film Critics Circle. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  2. "Print Outlets Shrink But NY Film Critics Circle Adds Six To Roster". Deadline. October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  3. "'Boyhood' Takes Home Best Film at 2014 New York Film Critics Circle Awards". Indiewire. December 1, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  4. "A Movie You Probably Never Heard of Won Two Huge Prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle". Vanity Fair. December 1, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  5. "New York Film Critics Circle Awards". New York Film Critics Circle. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
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