The New York Film Critics Circle starts voting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, and within half an hour, the names and titles will start trickling out.
Or, I should say, some of them.
We don't specify vote totals, or runners-up - a firm rule. (As I know well as a two-time chair, because I presided over the suspension of a member who did.)
There's no rule, however, about sharing our own preferences ahead of time. So here's a look at who I'll probably be voting for in some of the major categories.
Of course, this could all change in the next 12 hours. (Let me know, now, if you think I've left anyone out.) Things get fluid quickly after the first few ballots, when the usual compromises take hold.
And, sorry predictors, I've listed these alphabetically -- not preferentially -- only to prevent any wild prognostications.
But if you're a reader - well, consider this a sneak peek at some of the titles you can expect to see showing up soon on my Ten Best list.
And if you're a fellow NYFCC member - take it, at most, as a gentle reminder of some of the great films and artists who were busy in 2017.
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Best First Picture
"Ingrid Goes West"
Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards..."
Chris Nolan, "Dunkirk"
Jordan Peele, "Get Out"
Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards..."
Cynthia Nixon, "A Quiet Passion"
Kate Winslet, "Wonder Wheel"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"
Hugh Jackman, "Logan"
Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards"
Michael Stuhlbarg, "Call Me By Your Name"
Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
Leslie Manville, "Slender Thread"
Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
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