Not bad for a little film that came out of nowhere — and another ensemble film that has yet to have a wide release.
Soderbergh continued his winning streak with another best director nod for his films “Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic,” with the drug pic nabbing the best picture award and a best supporting actor nod for Benicio Del Toro from the New York critics.
Soderbergh was named the director of the year by the National Board of Review earlier this month.
Taiwanese director Edward Yang’s “Yi Yi,” which won the best director award at Cannes this year, was named best foreign film.
Here’s the complete list of NYFCC winners.
Best Picture “Traffic”
Best Screenplay Ken Longergan, “You Can Count On Me”
Best Foreign Film “Yi Yi” (A One and A Two)
Best Non-Fiction Film “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg”
Best Animated Film “Chicken Run”
Best First Film “George Washington”
Special Award The Shooting Gallery (a N.Y. production company), for its ingenious distribution pattern as well as its choice of films.