Lesbian romance, "Carol," is big fave of New York Film Critics Circle

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NEW YORK >> Todd Haynes' 1950s lesbian romance "Carol" dominated the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, taking best picture and a leading four awards overall.

Announcing their picks Wednesday, the New York critics voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Patricia Highsmith adaptation starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. It also awarded the film best director for Haynes, best screenplay for Phyllis Nagy and best cinematography for Edward Lachman.

Best actor went to Michael Keaton, one of the journalists that make up the ensemble in the Boston Globe drama "Spotlight." Saoirse Ronan earned best actress for her performance as an Irish immigrant in "Brooklyn."

The awards will be handed out in a ceremony in January.


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