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Lady Bird named best film of 2017 by New York Film Critics' Circle

Story by Jack Foley

GRETA Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird was named Best Picture of 2017 by the New York Film Critics’ Circle.

The film also saw Saoirse Ronan land the prize for best actress – her second NYFCC prize in three years having previously been honoured in 2015 for Brooklyn.

If Lady Bird was among the big winners, then the NY Critics’ group also ensured there were plenty more talking points with some history-making decisions.

These included awarding Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet the best actor prize, making him the youngest winner of the group’s accolade.

And Mudbound Director of Photography Rachel Morrison became the first woman to win the cinematography award. She is now perhaps on her way to making further history as the first-ever female Oscar nominee in the category.

Another surprise was seeing Tiffany Haddish named best supporting actress for her uproarious performance in Girls Trip – a film that wasn’t really expected to feature in the awards reckoning.

Only one other film landed multiple honours: The Florida Project, which claimed best supporting actor for Willem Dafoe and best director for Sean Baker.

This year’s NYFCC ceremony, taking place on January 3, 2018, will be dedicated to the memory of film critic Richard Schickel, who passed away in February.

The winners in full

Best First Film
Get Out (Jordan Peele)

Best Foreign Language Film
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)

Best Non-Fiction Film
Faces Places (Agnes Varda)

Best Animated Film
Coco (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina)

Best Cinematography:
Mudbound (Rachel Morrison)

Best Supporting Actor
William Dafoe (The Florida Project)

Best Supporting Actress
Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip)

Best Actor
Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)

Best Actress
Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)

Best Screenplay
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Special Award for Career Achievement
Molly Haskell

Best Director
Sean Baker (The Florida Project)

Best Film
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)