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New York Film Critics Circle Adds Morris, Foundas; Announces Voting Dates

New York Film Critics Circle Adds Morris, Foundas; Announces Voting Dates

The New York Film Critics Circle has announced the addition of two new members, as well as the voting dates for its annual awards. The new members are Grantland’s Wesley Morris and Variety’s Scott Foundas. The awards vote will be December 1, with the awards to be presented at the NYFCC’s annual dinner on January 5.

As the first critics’ association to announce, the NYFCC is often treated as an awards bellwether, and while that doesn’t always hold — “American Hustle” cleaned up last year, only to emerge from the Oscars as the night’s biggest loser — they do unquestionably set the table for every critics’ vote that follows. No matter who wins, this year’s dinner will at least be more tranquil than last year’s, which was marred by an outburst that led to former NYFCC member Armond White’s expulsion.

The complete press release:

New YorkNY – October 14, 2014 — The New York Film Critics Circle announced today they will vote for the 2015 awards on December 1. This year the Gala Awards dinner will be held on Monday, January 5, 2015 at the elegant Tao Downtown. Additions to the group are new members Scott Foundas of Variety, and Wesley Morris of Grantland.

“I’m
very happy to welcome Scott, chief film critic for the venerable
Variety, and Wesley, a recent Pulitzer-prize winner,” states chair
Stephen Whitty. “The very large number of applications we received this
year testifies to the size and passion of today’s film-criticism community.”

Founded
in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is the oldest and most
prestigious in the country. The circle’s membership includes critics
from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and the web’s most respected
online publications. Every year the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the calendar year’s films.
 
The
Circle’s awards are often viewed as harbingers of the Oscar
nominations. The Circle’s awards are also viewed — perhaps more
accurately — as a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring
aesthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political
pressures.

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