The New York Film Critics Circle made its award selections, naming Milk as Best Film to the sound of a collective "eh." At least it's a pretty good film. And it's something other than Slumdog Millionaire. But it's odd when their Best Foreign Film (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days)and their Best Documentary (Man on Wire) are both better movies.
Outside of that, I was surprised by both the selection and the quickness of selection of Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) as Best Actress. She's good, but the role of the ever-sunshiny teacher doesn't offer much range. Winning both LA and NY awards makes her seem like a lock for an Oscar nod. I'm guessing it will come at the expense of Kristin Scott Thomas, who has been blanked so far for I've Loved You So Long in a role that probably would need critical support for the Oscar nod.
I also liked the selection of Jenny Lumet for her Rachel Getting Married script.