The New York Film Critics Circle have announced a significant change in their annual awards procedure: The group will now vote for their winners on Monday, November 28th.
That marks a date roughly two weeks earlier than the influential group typically vote. Last year, they announced on December 13th. The 28th potentially makes them the first major awards announcement of the season, with the Gotham Awards coming that same night (unless other organizations decide to bump up their dates now as well). It will be interesting see how that effects the various films not debuting until well into December, such as “The Iron Lady,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and “War Horse.”
Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is the oldest in the country. The circle’s membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and online publications. Chaired this year by John Anderson, the group also announced additions including returning voting member Amy Taubin of Film Comment and a new member, Salon film critic Andrew O’ Hehir.
Full press release below. Complete list of 2011-12 awards dates so far here.
New York, NY – October 19, 2011 — The New York Film Critics Circle announced today they will hold their annual vote for the 2011 Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday, November 28th, at The Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony to be held on Monday, January 9, 2012.
Says this years Chairman John Anderson, “As the nations pre-eminent critic’s group, we are excited about kicking off the annual end-of-year discussion with our new early voting date. On the basis of the films we have seen thus far, we are looking forward to another passionate debate amongst our members.”
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 newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and the Web’s most respected on-line 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.
Joining Chairman John Anderson in leading the group is this year’s Vice-Chairman, Time Out New York Senior Film Writer Joshua Rothkopf, who will assume the duties of Chairman for 2012. Additions to the group are returning voting member Amy Taubin of Film Comment and a new member, Salon film critic Andrew O’ Hehir.
Full list of voting members below:
THE NEW YORKER
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
TIME OUT NY
NEW YORK POST
NEW YORK POST
WALL STREET JOURNAL
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
NEW YORK OBSERVER
TIME OUT NEW YORK
NEW YORK POST
THE DAILY NEWS
NEW YORK PRESS
NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE