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New York Film Critics Circle: The real winners

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Last night I was lucky enough to attend the New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner, presided over by my ever-so-graceful EW colleague (and NYFCC chairperson) Lisa Schwarzbaum. Since the NYFCC’s winners were announced last month, I thought I’d give out a few of my own awards based on last night’s glamorous event.

Best Comedy Duo Milk costars Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. After Penn presented Brolin with his Best Supporting Actor prize, Brolin said, “Quite an actor, Sean Penn. And not an a–hole, like Russell Crowe.”

Most Adorable Rookie Best Actress winner Sally Hawkins. The Happy-Go-Lucky star was as radiant as her on-screen alter ego, grinning from ear to ear throughout the whole event. I hope she never grows jaded.

Best Presenter Tony Kushner. The Angels in America playwright proved why he’s got a Pulitzer Prize, writing and delivering a short, incisive love letter to Best Picture winner Milk, unlike several other presenters (and they should know who they are), who used their time at the podium to talk mostly about themselves.

Most Helpful Daughter Jenny Lumet. While her father, acclaimed director Sidney Lumet, was introducing her Best Screenplay prize for Rachel Getting Married, the first-time screenwriter yelled at him from her table to adjust the microphone he was using so he could be heard better. Maybe she should direct too.

Best Acceptance Speech Penelope Cruz. The Best Supporting Actress winner told a hysterical story about how her Vicky Cristina Barcelona kissing scene with Scarlett Johansson was delayed a few hours so Woody Allen could rush to the dermatologist to have a spot on his hand examined. Let’s hope she gets to tell the tale at a televised awards show sometime soon.

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