Samuel L. Jackson

Michael Keaton

New York, NY -- It was a star studded event to kick off awards season as The New York Film Critics Circle Awards took place at TAO Downtown.

Kristen Stewart, Saoirse Ronan, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Nathan Lane, Todd Haynes, Kevin Kline, Phyllis Nagy, Edward Lachman, Pete Docter, Laszlo Nemes, Bennett Miller, Tony Kushner, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Haggis, George Takei, Tony Kushner and Jim Jarmusch were among the stars who came to celebrate the year’s finest in films.

Kristen Stewart

George Takei
Alec Baldwin presented the Best Director Award to Todd Hayes for his film, Carol. He raved about the director and even cracked a few jokes in his speech saying, “Its better to give an award than to receive, for yet another year, thank you New York Film Critics Circle.” Looking beautiful in a one strap fitted black dress, Saoirse Ronan graced the red carpet and shared some photos with writer Nick Hornby. Ronan was honored when accepting her award for Best Actress for the film Brooklyn. The most enjoyable part of filming was when she was “overwhelmed with the emotional scenes because I have never done something so intense like that, and I wanted to make sure it was relatable as told by the family.”

Kristen Stewart wore a two piece, quilted leather dress with lace trim as she accepted the award from Julianne Moore for Best Supporting Actress in the film Clouds of Sils Maria. Stewart modesty gushed, "It means a lot more to receive this award from you. I'm used to only receiving awards that are shaped like popcorn. This movie is so thoughtful and quite and I loved working with the director and crew."

Guests celebrated the New York Film Critics Circle’s 81st year at TAO Downtown by enjoying TAO Signature dishes such as Chef’s Choice Sushi, Edamame, and Filet Mignon “Tokyo” Style.

Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is the oldest and most prestigious in the country. The circle’s membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and the Web’s most respected on-line publications. Every year the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the calendar year's films. The Circle's awards are often viewed as harbingers of the Oscar nominations. The Circle's awards are also viewed — perhaps more accurately — as a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring aesthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures. For more information, visit

Photo Courtesy Of: Henry Lamb / NYFCC