Jill Krementz Photo Journal: 85th New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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Directors Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee greet each other on the red carpet.

This past Tuesday night, the 85th Annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards were held at Tao Downtown. As always, it was the highlight of the awards ceremonies leading up to the Oscars.

Among the winners who were present were Antonio Banderas, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Bong Joon Ho.

The Presenters gushing over the awardees included Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Bee, Adam Sandler, Alec Baldwin, Spike Lee, and Steve Buscemi.

Best of all were the intelligent film critics who saw the movies and collectively acknowledged the talent both in front of the lens and behind it.

Left: The critics are usually the first to arrive: Barbara Abercrombie and Joe Morgenstern, film critic for The Wall Street Journal.
Right: Stephen Whitty, freelance film critic, with his friend Jen Braun of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Peter Rainer, (Film Critic for The Christian Science Monitor), Mark Toporek, and Annette Insdorf.
Eric Stangel, Diane Pollack, and Elizabeth Weitzman, Film Critic for The Wrap.
Rex Reed, Film Critic for The NY Observer, and Patti Bosworth.
Left: Best Actor, Antonio Banderas, in Pain and Glory being interviewed by Brad Blanks.
Right: Joe Pesci, Best Supporting Actor (The Irishman), and Martin Scorsese, Director of The Irishman (Best Picture).
Alec Baldwin greeting Joe Pesci.
Samantha Bee, Reese Witherspoon, and Adam Sandler were all presenters.
Left: Bong Joon Ho, Director of Parasite, Best Foreign Film.
Right: Presenter Spike Lee.
Left: Marshall Fine, who runs the Picture House Film Club in Pelham, New York.
Right: Robert Klein, comedian and the subject of Marshall Fine’s documentary.
Left: Caleb Fine and Erin Kleinertz.
Right: Laura Dern, Best Supporting Actress: Marriage Story and Little Women.
Quentin Tarantino, Best Screenplay for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, accepting his award and paying homage to Pauline Kael.
Actress Alia Shawkat with Brad Pitt.
Dwight Brown, Film Critic NNPA News Wire, and Bernice McFadden, American Book Award-winner for The Book of Harlan.
Steve Mears (Film Comment), Madeline Whittle (Film Comment/Film at Lincoln Center), Violet Lucca, who recently profiled Joe Pesci for the New York Times Arts & Leisure Section, and Jocelyn Giannini, VP, Harper’s Magazine.
Brad Pitt and Lupita Nyong’o (Best Actress in Us.)
Lupita Nyong’o and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, co-star in Us and star of Watchmen on HBO.
Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon.
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin.
My daughter, Lily Vonnegut, with Steve Buscemi (a presenter) and Adam Sandler.
The Three Kings: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Martin Scorsese. Pesci brought his pals on stage when he accepted his award for best supporting actor.
Marty and his daughter Francesca Scorsese.
At the end of an evening: Joe Pesci celebrates with a martini.
Let’s hope he doesn’t retreat once again into his self-imposed retirement.

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