Oscar 2005: N.Y. Film Critics Awards

“Brokeback Mountain” was named Best Picture of 2006 while director Ang Lee was named Best Director for the same film in voting Monday by the N.Y. Film Critics Circle. The 30 member group voted for its 71st annual awards for excellence in cinema today at the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan.

“I was not surprised at all that the voting was so competitive. What did surprise me was that we came to our conclusion so quickly, ” said the group's chair Newsday Critic Gene Seymour. “I'm not sure if that means it was a good year or a so-so year but it always shakes out.”

Best Picture

Brokeback Mountain

Best Director
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

Best Non-Fiction Film

Werner Herzog for Grizzly Man and White Diamond

Best Foreign-Language Film

2046, directed by Wong Kar Wai

Best First Film

Bennet Miller for Capote

Best Animated Feature

Hayao Miyazakis Howl's Moving Castle

Best Actor

Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

Best Actress

Reese Witherspoon, Walk The Line

Best Supporting Actor

William Hurt, A History of Violence

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bello, A History of Violence

Best Cinematography

Chris Doyle, Kwan Pun Leung, Yiu-Fai Lai, 2046

Best Screenplay

Noah Baumbach, The Squid & The Whale