The Irishman and actors Antonio Banderas and Lupita Nyong’o won top honours from New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) on Wednesday morning (4) as the group illustrated its penchant for blending conservatism and eccentricity, while Netflix continued to stamp its mark on early awards season.

For best film winner The Irishman, a second affirmation in two days after Tuesday’s National Board of Review vote brings more good news for Netflix in its breathless, no-expense-spared quest for a first best picture Oscar victory.

However while an NYFCC win augurs well and will be front of mind among Academy voters, it does not necessarily correspond to an Oscar win. Netflix’s very own Roma was the group’s best film winner last year and fell at the final hurdle when Green Book won the Oscar in February.

Surprisingly, there was not much love for New Yorker Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story following its Gothams triumph on Monday,…