New York Film Critics Circle names Lupita Nyong’o as Best Actress

New York Film Critics Circle names Lupita Nyong’o as Best Actress

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

The New York Film Critics Circle has selected Lupita Nyong’o as Best Actress for the movie “Us.”

The Oscar winner give two very different performances as the same character in Jordan Peele’s directed film which follows a family whose beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Nyong’o, whose film credits include “Black Panther,” “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens,”  “The Last Jedi, and Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book,” was faced with the grueling task of playing two versions of the same self—Adelaide Wilson and her counterpart, Red.

The film critics organization also bestowed wins on  Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” naming it as its Best Film of 2019 and choosing Joe Pesci for Best Supporting Actor, Laura Dern for Supporting Actress for both “Marriage Story” and “Little Women,”  Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite” for Foreign Language Film. Mati Diop’s refugee film “Atlantics,” a supernatural drama set in Senegal was named Best First Film.

Founded in 1935, the NYFCC are a group of critics from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and online publications. The winners will be honored at the group’s annual gala on January 7.

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