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Lady Gaga wins Best Actress at 2020 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

Plus, Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog nets three trophies, and a Cannes favorite from Japan takes Best Picture.

by | December 3, 2021 | Comments

Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci

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The New York Film Critics Circle announced the winners of their 2020 awards this morning on Twitter. For her performance in House of Gucci, Lady Gaga beat out buzzy performances from Kristen Stewart, Rachel Zegler, and Frances McDormand to win Best Actress. In another surprise move, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, a Cannes award winner and Japan’s selection for the Academy Awards, was voted Best Film. The Power of the Dog racked up more hardware, winning three contests including Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Best Director for Jane Campion; the latter is a great indicator for Campion to make history yet again as the only Female Director to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar twice.

The NYFCC Awards are chosen by a group of critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, and qualifying online general-interest publications. Last year, Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow won Best Film while Chloé Zhao was voted Best Director for Nomadland.

Read on for the full list of winners below, and if you’re as obsessed with awards as we are, make sure to check out the complete Awards Leaderboard to keep up to date on the accolades bestowed on the best movies of 2020/2021 from the press, fans, and members of the film industry.


Best Picture:
Drive My Car

Best Director:
Jane CampionThe Power of the Dog

Best Screenplay:
Paul Thomas AndersonLicorice Pizza

Best Actress:
Lady GagaHouse of Gucci

Best Actor:
Benedict Cumberbatch The Power of the Dog

Best Supporting Actress:
Katheryn HunterThe Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Supporting Actor:
Kodi Smit-McPheeThe Power of the Dog

Best Cinematography:
West Side Story

Best Animated Film:
The Mitchells vs the Machines

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary):
Flee

Best Foreign Film:
The Worst Person in the World

Best First Film:
The Lost Daughter

Special Awards:
Maya Cade (The Black Film Archive), Marshall Fine, Diane Weyermann


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