Gotham might have failed in its bid for the Oscars, but there were kudos, glamour and giggles aplenty Sunday night at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
With five awards for “Far From Heaven,” the folks from Focus Features felt like the night belonged to them.
Christine Vachon was especially tickled by the hometown recognition, “I’m probably the only native New Yorker you’ve ever met,” she said. “This all happened because Todd Haynes drew a picture of a woman with a scarf and told me he was going to make a movie about it.”
“In short — we’re lucky,” said James Schamus, studio’s co-topper. As the night’s de facto prom king, Schamus stayed gracious in the face of all his success. “We’re sticking with our plan: great films and get people to see them.”
Dylan Kidd, recognized for his first film “Roger Dodger,” didn’t feel any less nerve-wracked knowing he had already won. “If I’m not as nervous, why am I drinking so heavily?” he quipped.
During the presentation ceremony, the laughs continued.
Accepting foreign-language honors for “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” co-writer-producer Carlos Cuaron remarked: “We thought American critics would hate it. I’m glad you like sex and dirty words.”
“Finally a role in which his astonishing set of abs make sense,” Khouri said.
Susan Orlean handed Charlie Kaufman two scripting awards for “Adaptation.” Kaufman conscientiously extended thanks to Robert McKee and Nicolas Cage — twice.
Daniel Day-Lewis’ speech included some little known casting gossip about “Gangs of New York.” “My only disappointment was I never got to see Harvey (Weinstein) play Bill the Butcher,” he admitted. “I know he was his own first choice, but Martin (Scorsese) couldn’t afford him.”
Fest, traditionally held at Windows on the World, was held this year at Noche, run by the same management.
Presenters included George Lucas, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Hilary Swank and Julianne Moore. Other guests: Spike Jonze, Josh Brolin and Carey Lowell.