"Far From Heaven is a distinct and personal vision from Todd Haynes," NYFCC chair Marshall Fine told The Hollywood Reporter. "I think it was one of the most complete and fulfilling films of the year."
The announcements come on the heels of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's year-end accolades, which honored New Line Cinema's About Schmidt for best picture and director. It also received awards for best supporting actor (Dennis Quaid), best supporting actress (Patricia Clarkson) and best cinematography (Edward Lachman).
Julianne Moore, who was on a winning streak after being named best actress by the National Film Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, lost her reigning seat in New York, however. Moore was defeated in the best actress category by Diane Lane for her role in 20th Century Fox's Unfaithful, directed by Adrian Lyne.
"That was the most surprising vote of the day," Fine said. "(Lane's) performance obviously really spoke to the voter this year."
IFC Films' Mexican hit Y Tu Mama Tambien won for foreign language film.
The New York Film Critics Circle, founded in 1935, is composed of 34 New York-based newspaper and magazine writers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the group's awards have predicted the Oscars' best picture with a historical success rate of 43 percent.