Oscar 2005: L.A. Film Critics Awards

L.A., December 10, 2005 “Brokeback Mountain” was voted Best Picture of the Year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was “A History of Violence.”

LAFCA, the first group to announce its awards, thus narrows down the field of Oscar contenders in a competitive year in which there is no clear front-runner.

LAFCA's 31st annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Tuesday,
January 17 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles.

Other Award Winners Are:

DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain”

Runner-up: David Cronenberg, “A History of Violence”

ACTRESS: Vera Farmiga, “Down to the Bone”

Runner-up: Judi Dench, “Mrs. Henderson Presents”

ACTOR: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote”

Runner-up: Heath Ledger, “Brokeback Mountain”

SCREENPLAY: Tie – “Capote” by Dan Futterman and “The Squid and the Whale” by Noah Baumbach

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Catherine Keener, “Capote”, “Ballad of Jack and Rose”, “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “The Interpreter”
Runner-up: Amy Adams, “Junebug”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: William Hurt, “A History of Violence”

Runner-up: Frank Langella, “Good Night, And Good Luck.”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Cache” directed by Michael Haneke

Runner-up: “2046” directed by Wong Kar-Wai

DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM: “Grizzly Man” directed by Werner Herzog

Runner-up: “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” directed by Alex Gibney

PRODUCTION DESIGN: William Chang, “2046”

Runner-up: Jim Bissell, “Good Night, And Good Luck.”

ANIMATION: “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

MUSIC/SCORE: Joe Hisaishi, Youmi Kimura, “Howl's Moving Castle”

Runner-up: Ryuichiu Sakamoto, “Tony Takitani ”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Elswit, “Good Night, And Good Luck”

Runner-up: Christopher Doyle, “2046”

NEW GENERATION: Terrence Howard

SPECIAL CITATIONS: Film critic Kevin Thomas for his contributions to film culture in Los Angeles.
Eight disc DVD set “Unseen Cinema”, a collection of avant-garde, underground films from 1894-1941.