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New York Film Critics Circle Picks Voting Date, But Will Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Screen In Time?

The early NYFCC vote wields influence as its nominees and winners become must-sees in the awards race. But will they see all the best films?

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“Silence”

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The prestigious New York Film Critics Circle, founded in 1935, is always a force in the early awards conversation.

But there is often some debate about how early they can reasonably vote for the year’s best films. Traditionally, they like to set the tone for the awards season (while protesting that it has no bearing on how they vote). Will they be able to see all the late-breaking entries by their voting date December 1? They’ve insisted on voting around the same time for the last five years.

While they will likely catch Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” and Denzel Washington’s “Fences” in time, the film they are most likely to miss is Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” He’s working with Paramount on a last-minute marketing campaign for the period film set in Japan, but there are concerns about when that movie starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson and Adam Driver will be ready to screen. Scorsese is notorious for getting down to the wire with fall release dates — his last film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” screened for NYFCC members one day before they voted.

Also voting early are the New York Board of Review (November 29), as usual, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which have moved up their televised Critics Choice Awards for film and television from January to December 11 and are offering a second award show for documentaries even earlier, on November 3. They will announce their final Critics Choice nominees on December 1, so they are also likely to risk not seeing everything.

The New York critics group named Marshall Fine in a new role, General Manager. And bowing to the changing times, they’ve updated their criteria for admission. The group now includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers and magazines as well as online publications. They added five new members to the group: Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair; Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice; and Matt Singer, Screencrush, and welcomed back two former members, Matt Zoller Seitz, now of rogerebert.com, and David Fear, now of Rolling Stone.

“It’s always a special joy when writers who’ve left the profession for one reason or another come roaring back,” stated NYFCC Chairperson David Edelstein. “It gives hope to us all.”

Our own IndieWire critic Eric Kohn is serving as Vice Chair. The NYFCC will hold their annual Gala Awards dinner on January 3, 2017 at Tao Downtown.

Check out our awards calendar. And our Oscar Predictions.

A full list of voting members is below:

Melissa Anderson
VILLAGE VOICE

John Anderson
FREELANCE

Michael Atkinson
VILLAGE VOICE

Richard Brody
THE NEW YORKER

Dwight Brown
NNPA SYNDICATION/BLACKPRESSUSA.COM

Bilge Ebiri
VILLAGE VOICE

David Edelstein
NEW YORK MAGAZINE

David Fear
ROLLING STONE

Marshall Fine
FREELANCE/GENERAL MANAGER

Graham Fuller
THECULTURETRIP.COM

Owen Gleiberman
VARIETY

Ed Gonzalez
SLANT.COM

Rafer Guzman
NEWSDAY

Jordan Hoffman
THE GUARDIAN

Stuart Klawans
THE NATION

Eric Kohn
INDIEWIRE

Richard Lawson
VANITY FAIR

Lou Lumenick
NEW YORK POST

Joe Morgenstern
WALL STREET JOURNAL

Farran Smith Nehme
NEW YORK POST

Andrew O’Hehir
SALON.COM

Nick Pinkerton
FREELANCE

Peter Rainer
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

Rex Reed
NEW YORK OBSERVER

Joshua Rothkopf
TIME OUT NEW YORK

Alan Scherstuhl
VILLAGE VOICE

Richard Schickel
TRUTHDIG.COM

Matt Zoller Seitz
ROGEREBERT.COM

Matt Singer
SCREENCRUSH.COM

Kyle Smith
NEW YORK POST

Dana Stevens
SLATE.COM

Sara Stewart
NEW YORK POST

Amy Taubin
ARTFORUM

Peter Travers
ROLLING STONE

Keith Uhlich
FREELANCE

Stephen Whitty
THE STAR-LEDGER/NJ.COM

Alison Willmore
BUZZFEED.COM

Stephanie Zacharek
VILLAGE VOICE
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