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Best Film - Florida Film Critics Circle
« on: Dec 24, 2005, 12:19 PM »
'Brokeback Mountain' accumulates accolades
By Steve Persall, Times Film Critic
Published December 24, 2005

Ang Lee's revisionist western Brokeback Mountain was named 2005's best film by the Florida Film Critics Circle, and it corralled another three awards in the annual poll.

Lee's sensitive handling of a love story between two Wyoming cowboys also was honored as the year's best work by a director, for its screenplay by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, and for Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography. No other films were multiple winners.[/color]

Brokeback Mountain is scheduled to open in select Tampa, St. Petersburg and Oldsmar theaters Jan. 6.

Actors portraying dead celebrities were popular among voters. Philip Seymour Hoffman's impersonation of author Truman Capote in Capote earned the best actor prize, and Reese Witherspoon's portrayal of country music legend June Carter in Walk the Line won best actress.

Amy Adams was named best supporting actress for playing a perky country bumpkin in Junebug, and Paul Giamatti's turn as a boxing manager in Cinderella Man won supporting actor.

The slapstick martial arts comedy Kung Fu Hustle was selected as best foreign language film. Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was chosen as best animated movie.

Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man, culled from the video diaries of doomed wildlife explorer Timothy Treadwell, was voted best documentary.

The critics tapped Terrence Howard for the Pauline Kael breakout performer of the year award, named for the late New Yorker film critic. Howard was selected for his acclaimed performances in Hustle and Flow, Crash and Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

The Florida Film Critics Circle was formed in 1996 and is made up of of 15 newspaper, magazine, freelance and online journalists across the state, including Steve Persall and Philip Booth of the St. Petersburg Times. Its Web site is SOUTHEASTERN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION: Brokeback Mountain was named best film by the association, which has 46 members in nine states, including Persall.

The group's top 10 list continued, in order: Good Night, and Good Luck; Capote; Crash; A History of Violence; The Constant Gardener; Syriana; Cinderella Man; King Kong; and Walk the Line.

Brokeback Mountain was also honored for best direction and adapted screenplay. Capote's Hoffman and Transamerica's Felicity Huffman were named best leading actors, and Giamatti and Adams led the supporting actor categories.

The survey also honored Cache as best foreign film, Crash for original screenplay, March of the Penguins as top documentary and Wallace and Gromit as best animated film.

An inaugural category, the Gene Wyatt Award in honor of a member who died in 2005, was given to Junebug for its admirable depiction of Southern culture.
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