Kristen Stewart was bestowed the New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in Oliver Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria Wednesday morning.
Although Stewart won the Best Supporting Actress César (French Oscar), pundits believed Stewart's performance would not continue to resonate in time for the Oscar nominations since the film opened over a year ago at the Cannes Film Festival.
However, the tough New York film critics brushed aside any naysayers and may have cleared the pathway for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Stewart.
The NYFCC is known to be the "principled alternative to the Oscars honoring esthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures." The Academy Award nominations are usually in correlation to the NYFCC winners. Meaning, as history dictates, Stewart should be nominated.
The NYFCC awards will be handed out during a ceremony held on January 4, 2016.
NYFCC 2015 Winners:
Best First Film: Son of Saul
Best Foreign Film: Timbuktu
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Cinematography: Edward Lachman, Carol
Best Screenplay: Carol
Best Nonfiction Film: In Jackson Heights
Best Animated Film: Inside Out
Best Actress: Saiorse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Spotlight
Best Director: Todd Haynes, Carol
Best Picture: Carol
Special Award: Posthumous Award honoring the legacy of William Becker and Janus Films
Special Award: Ennio Morricone, Composer