The best actor gong went to Brad Pitt for his roles in this year’s The Tree of Life and the baseball flick Moneyball. Could this be his year? The New York FCC Awards are one of the most esteemed ceremonies, and so his win there could prove favourable with the Academy’s critics. He has been nominated twice before for his roles in Benjamin Button and Twelve Monkeys, yet failed to win either time. Pitt is often thought of as a stellar movie star, yet some might argue that he has never quite matched up to the reputations of some of his contemporaries.
In New York the success of both Pitt’s movies did not stop at him. Emmanuel Lubezki won best cinematography for The Tree of Life and Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin won best screenplay for Moneyball.
Other winners at the awards included Meryl Streep for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady and Jessica Chastain for The Help.