New York Film Critics Awards Ceremony: Darren Aronofsky vs. Armond White vs. GREENBERG

Darren Aronofsky, Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Darren Aronofsky (front), Matthew Libatique on the set of Black Swan

Roger Friedman reports at that the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) awards ceremony held Monday evening was anything but dull. In attendance were the likes of Michelle Williams, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Tom Hooper, Kerry Washington, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening, Lisa Cholodenko, Stanley Tucci, Warren Beatty, and Paul Schrader.

Some of the entertainment was provided by Michelle Williams having witnessed Best Supporting Actor winner Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right) clean up “a kid's vomit out the backseat of his SUV.” But the highlight of the evening apparently was a little verbal sparring between Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky and NYFCC chairman Armond White.

According to Friedman, Aronofsky, on the podium to present an award to Black Swan cinematographer Matthew Libatique, “took a shot – verbally” at White, who had panned the otherwise widely praised Black Swan and who also happened to be standing behind Aronofsky. Friedman refrains from spelling out the “verbal shot.”

White retorted with a “Darren reads me. That's all I need.”

There would be more to come from White, perhaps the most reviled film critic in the United States for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was his daring to throw a rotten tomato at the talking toys in Toy Story 3. At the end of the evening, the NYFCC Chair remarked about his fellow critics' choices: “At least Greenberg didn't win anything.”

On Twitter, The Village Voice's Michael Atkinson posted the following about the NYFCC dinner: “Even more of a train wreck than usual. At least Colin Firth was an adept public speaker, because no one else was.”

Photo: Black Swan (Niko Tavernise / Fox Searchlight)

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