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Best of NYFF: Critics Pick Their Favorite Films and Performances

Best of NYFF: Critics Pick Their Favorite Films and Performances


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Everyone continues to be enamored by “Carol.”

In our annual poll surveying members of the Criticwire Network covering the New York Film Festival, Todd Haynes’ film took top honors in five different categories, including Best Narrative Feature and Best Director. Five months after the film was a hit with critics at Cannes, where it was part of a handful of highly-lauded titles, “Carol” was this year’s runaway festival favorite.

Undoubtedly, a major part of that appeal is the two women at the center of the film’s story. As Carol and Therese, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara ended up in the top two slots for Best Lead Performance, while Mara and Kyle Chandler each finished in the top five in the Supporting Performance category.

Son of Saul,” which has had its share of success on the 2015 festival circuit as well, placed highly in Narrative Feature, Director and Lead Performance on one of its last major stops before its theatrical release in December. On the Documentary side, Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” and the late Chantal Akerman’s “No Home Movie” appeared on the most number of ballots.

The high-profile New York premiere of Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” found support, most notably for actor Mark Rylance, who placed first in Best Supporting Performance. Ping Bin Lee’s camerawork for the Hou Hsiao-hsien film “The Assassin” ended up right behind “Carol” DP Edward Lachman in the Best Cinematography tally.

Among the other notable finishers, Aaron Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs” script finished only to Phyllis Nagy and “Carol” in the Best Screenplay category, while the film overall took the Best Ensemble prize.

To see the full list of top finishers and complete critic ballots, visit the survey homepage here.

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