Critic Slams Winners On Stage At NY Film Critics’ Circle Awards

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Armond White, Annette Bening & Michelle Williams

The New York PressArmond White reaffirmed his rep as the world’s angriest film critic at last night’s NY Film Critics’ Circle Awards, throwing barbs at any movie that dared to win despite him hating it. Some on-stage highlights from the circle’s chair:

  • White suggested presenter Tony Kushner, awarding Best Picture to The Social Network, could “explain why it won.”—because Armond hated it.
  • White only discussed the 2004 film Land Of Plenty when introducing Blue Valentine‘s Michelle Williams. “I can’t imagine what you’ve said about me since then if you had to go back that far to say something nice,” she responded.
  • White muttered “at least Greenberg didn’t win anything,” having previously suggested in print that director Noah Baumbach‘s mother should have had a “retroactive abortion.”

Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky got off a good one back (“Keep it up, you give us a reason to never read the New York Press“), to which White responded, “he reads me, he knows the truth.” But Best Actress winner Annette Bening was not amused, reportedly crying a variation on “can’t we all get along?” during her acceptance speech.

See the shuddering stars who braved White’s barrage in the gallery below. This Friday’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards should be a breeze after this!

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