At its website, the New York Film Critics Circle describes itself as "an organization of film reviewers from New York-based publications that exists to honor excellence in U.S. and world cinema."
The Circle was founded in 1935, and its membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, and qualifying on-line general-interest publications. Every year in December the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the previous calendar year's films.
The New York Film Critics Circle 2009 Awards:
Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
Best Screenplay: In The Loop
Best Actress: Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia
Best Actor: George Clooney - Up In The Air / Fantastic Mr. Fox
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique - Precious
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds
Best Cinematographer: Christian Berger - The White Ribbon
Best Animated Film: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): Of Time and The City
Best Foreign Film: Summer Hours (France)
Best First Film: Hunger - Steve McQueen (Director)
Special: Andrew Sarris