BuzzFeed Cracks the New York Film Critics Circle

Hired on as a critic in the spring of 2014, BuzzFeed's Alison Willmore is among this year's NYFCC additions.

Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed’s first film critic, has racked up a total of 323 site posts. She was recently all over the Toronto International Film Festival, suggesting that “Optimism Doesn’t Look Good on Michael Moore” and “There’s a Lot Missing From Johnny Depp and Tom Hardy’s Gangster Movies.”

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While there were already a number of New York Film Critics Circle members who file primarily for online outlets, the addition today of Willmore feels like a watershed moment for both the 78-year-old organization and nine-year-old website. Via a journalist who’s been on the BuzzFeed job for a year and half.

Joining Wilmore as 2015 NYFCC inductees are the New York Post’s Sara Stewart, L Magazine’s Nicolas Rapold, The Guardian’s Jordan Hoffman, slant.com’s Ed Gonzalez and The New Yorker’s Richard Brody. As Sam Adams notes at Willmore’s previous professional home Indiewire, the addition of two female critics today ups the overall female split of the NYFCC to eight out of 37 (22%).

Willmore is joining an organization that relies on a curated list of members and related tweets for its social media presence. Today’s winner in that stream, per the tweet below, is U.K.-based film critic Neil Young.