A consensus among critics seems to be coalescing behind two films while a third continues to trend upward, and all three movies were the most cited by the National Society of Film Critics.
Parasite, the year’s best reviewed film and winner of several critics group awards in December, was named Best Film of 2019 by the National Society of Film Critics. It also took Best Screenplay honors for writer/director Bong Joon-ho and co-writer Han Jin Won.
Meanwhile, Little Women continues to gain awards season momentum following its successful Christmas Day release and subsequent popular run. The NSFC named Greta Gerwig Best Director for her adaptation of Louisa May Alcott‘s novel, and it was also named as one of the two films for which Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress (Marriage Story being the other). The 19th Century New England story popped up in several of the org’s Runner-Up citations as well.
And finally, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood scored yet another Best Supporting Actor victory for Brad Pitt as it also joined Little Women in multiple Runner-Up categories.
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory) and Mary Kay Place (Diane) took Best Actor and Actress honors. Both remain dark horse contenders for Oscar nominations, but these wins should help their prospects.
Here is the complete list of winners for the 2019 National Society of Film Critics, complete with 2nd and 3rd place Runners-Up for each category and final vote tallies.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS
Best in Film for 2019
Best Picture: Parasite (44 points)
Runners-Up: Little Women (27 points); Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (22 points)
Best Actress: Mary Kay Place, Diane (40 points)
Runners-Up: Zhao Tao, Ash is Purest White (28 points); Florence Pugh, Midsommar (25 points)
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory (69 points)
Runners-Up: Adam Driver, Marriage Story (43 points); Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems (41 points)
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, Marriage Story and Little Women (57 points)
Runners-Up: Florence Pugh, Little Women (44 points); Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers (26 points)
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (64 points)
Runners-Up: Joe Pesci, The Irishman (30 points); TIE: Wesley Snipes, Dolemite is My Name and Song Sang Ho, Parasite (18 points)
Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Little Women (39 points)
Runners-Up: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite (36 points), Martin Scorsese, The Irishman (31 points)
Best Screenplay: Parasite, Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won (37 points)
Runners-Up: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino (34 points); Little Women, Greta Gerwig (33 points)
Best Cinematography: Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Atlantics, Claire Mathon (41 points)
Runners-Up: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Robert Richardson (29 points); Little Women, Yorick Le Saux (22 points)
Best Non-Fiction Film: Honeyland (33 points)
Runners-Up: American Factory (28 points); Apollo 11 (27 points)
Film Heritage Award: To the Museum of Modern Art for “Private Lives, Public Spaces,” curated by Ron Magliozzi, which makes visible MoMA’s collection of more than 100 years of vernacular moving images, most of them home movies by the famous and unknown.
Film Heritage Award: To Rialto Pictures, in its 22nd year, for distributing 4k restorations of beloved classics like Kind Hearts and Coronets, and presenting neglected work by masters such as The White Sheik and, for the first time, the uncut version of Christ Stopped at Eboli.
Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2019 / 20 season:
Screen Actors Guild Award Winners
Producers Guild of America Winners
Critics’ Choice Awards Winners
Directors Guild of America Nominations
Producers Guild of America Nominations
Writers Guild of America Nominations
Golden Globe Winners
Dallas/Fort-Worth Film Critics Association
Boston Society of Film Critics
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
AFI American Film Institute Awards
New York Film Critics Circle
National Board of Review
Atlanta Film Critics Circle