New York Film Critics 1981

Best Film:
Runners-up: Prince of the City, Atlantic City and Chariots of Fire

Best Actor:
Burt Lancaster – Atlantic City
Runners-up: Henry Fonda – On Golden Pond and Robert Duvall – True Confessions

Best Actress:
Glenda Jackson – Stevie
Runners-up: Faye Dunaway – Mommie Dearest and Diane Keaton – Reds

Best Supporting Actor:
John Gielgud – Arthur
Runners-up: Jack Nicholson – Reds, Jerry Orbach – Prince of the City and Howard E. Rollins Jr. – Ragtime

Best Supporting Actress:
Mona Washbourne – Stevie
Runners-up: Marília Pêra – Pixote (Pixote: a Lei do Mais Fraco) and Maureen Stapleton – Reds

Best Director:
Sidney Lumet – Prince of the City
Runners-up: Louis Malle – Atlantic City, Hugh Hudson – Chariots of Fire and Warren Beatty – Reds

Best Screenplay:
John Guare – Atlantic City
Runners-up: Sidney Lumet and Jay Presson Allen – Prince of the City, Dennis Potter – Pennies from Heaven and Steve Gordon – Arthur

Best Cinematography:
David Watkin – Chariots of Fire

Best Foreign Language Film:
Pixote (Pixote: a Lei do Mais Fraco) • Brazil
Runners-up: Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza) • Poland, Man of Marble (Człowiek z marmuru) • Poland and The Last Metro (Le dernier métro) • France

Special Awards:
Andrzej Wajda
Krzysztof Zanussi
Abel Gance’s Napoléon