Tony Kushner Among Winners of New York Film Critic Circle Awards


The New York Film Critics Circle today annouces its 2012 winners via a live Twitter feed. Sally Field has won an award for Best Supporting Actress while Tony Kushner has won for Best Screenplay for Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN. 

Kushner is best known for Broadway's Angels in America, a play in two parts: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, a seven-hour epic about the AIDS epidemic in Reagan-era New York, which was later adapted into an HBO miniseries for which Kushner wrote the screenplay.

His other plays include Hydriotaphia, Slavs!: Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness, A Bright Room Called Day, Homebody/Kabul, and the book for the musical Caroline, or Change. His new translation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children was performed at the Delacorte Theater in the summer of 2006, starring Meryl Streep and directed by George C. Wolfe. Kushner has also adapted Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan, Corneille's The Illusion, and S. Ansky's play The Dybbuk.

In the early 2000s, Kushner began writing for film. His co-written screenplay Munich was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg in 2005. In January 2006, a documentary feature about Kushner entitled Wrestling With Angels debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was directed by Freida Lee Mock.

Below is the NYFCC winners which have been announced so far:

Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner (LINCOLN)

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (LINCOLN)

Best Actress: Rachel Weisz (THE DEEP BLUE SEA)

Best Foreign Language Film: AMOUR

Best Animated Film:Frankenweenie

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field (Lincoln)

Best Cinematographer
Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary)
The Central Park Five

Best First Film
David France (How To Survive A Plague)

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