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N.Y. Film Critics Circle Stakes Out Early Awards Date

The New York Film Critics Circle will again kick off awards announcements by unveiling their choices Dec 1. The org’s awards dinner will be Monday, Jan. 5, at the Tao Downtown.

In making the announcement Tuesday, the org also pointed out the addition of Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas and Wesley Morris of Grantland to the circle.

The National Board of Review, which for years made the first announcement, will unveil its choices Dec. 2. In 2011, NYFCC moved up its announcement by two weeks, to be first out of the gate. They ended up delaying the vote by one day, to Nov. 29, to accommodate “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but voted without seeing “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” The early announcements are always a factor since some filmmakers have not finished their late-year entries by that point.

The NYFCC and NBR announcements will be followed by a flurry of awards, culminating in the Feb. 22 Oscars.

Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is the oldest in the country. Membership includes critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and online publications. The org meets in New York to vote on awards for the calendar year’s films.

“I’m very happy to welcome Scott, chief film critic for the venerable Variety, and Wesley, a recent Pulitzer-prize winner,” stated chair Stephen Whitty in the announcement. “The very large number of applications we received this year testifies to the size and passion of today’s film-criticism community.”

The list of voting members: Melissa Anderson, Artforum; John Anderson, Variety/Newsday; Michael Atkinson, Village Voice; Dwight Brown, NNPA Syndication; Richard Corliss, Time; David Denby, The New Yorker; Karen Durbin, Elle; Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine; David Edelstein, New York Magazine; Marshall Fine, The Star; Scott Foundas, Variety; Graham Fuller, Artinfo.com; Owen Gleiberman, BBC.com; Rafer Guzman, Newsday; Stuart Klawans, The Nation; Eric Kohn, Indiewire; Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal; Wesley Morris, Grantland; Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post; Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News; Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com; Nick Pinkerton, freelance; Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor; Rex Reed, New York Observer;  Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York; Richard Schickel, Truthdig.com; Kyle Smith, New York Post; Dana Stevens, Slate.com; Amy Taubin, Artforum; Peter Travers, Rolling Stone; Keith Uhlich, freelance;  Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News; Stephen Whitty, the Star Ledger/NJ.com; Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice.

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