The New York Film Critics turned out to give their awards for the best of the best films of 2012. NY1's George Whipple filed the following report.
The New York Films Critics handed out their awards to the best films of 2012 at a recent Chelsea ceremony. Rachel Weisz won the coveted Best Actress award for her role with "The Deep Blue Sea."
George Whipple: How do you prepare for that heart-wrenching role?
Weisz: I don't really prepare, I just sort of get lost in the story. You can't really... I didn't go out and do research on being lovesick, no. It's just imagination and they're such beautiful words and it's such an incredible story and Terence Davies is such a wonderful director. I got lost in the make-believe.
The Best Supporting Actress was Sally Field for her portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln in "Lincoln."
Whipple: Who is Mary Todd Lincoln? What should we know about her?
Field: She's sort of up there on the screen. She's a very complicated, under-examined, under-appreciated, and like I say, extremely complicated but important woman in American history. Had there not been a Mary Todd, there would not have been an Abraham Lincoln. That's just simply a fact.
Best Supporting Actor was Matthew McConaughey for his roles in "Magic Mike" and "Bernie."
Whipple: "Bernie," I just saw that this weekend. It's actually a brilliant movie and I hadn't heard much about it...what was it like playing that role?
McConaughey: It was my third time to work with Richard Linklatter, the director. He gave me my first job in '92 in a film called "Dazed And Confused." That old movie, I loved that script because it felt like a nice, long, 200mm lens giving you people a view behind the pine curtain that is East Texas, which is actually where myself and Rich are from. Those people, those places that most of the nation don't know about, they live behind this pine curtain in East Texas and very few of them ever get out of there.
The foreign press have made their Golden Globe nominations and the New York Film Critics have handed out their awards, and it's all just one step on the way to the Oscars.