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'Brokeback Mountain' Tops Utah Film Critics Awards

The Utah Film Critics Society has followed the lead of most other film critics across the U.S. by picking the doomed love story Brokeback Mountain as the Best Film of 2005, and Ang Lee as Best Director (with Woody Allen finally making one critics' list, as a runner-up for the taut crime drama Match Point). The Utah critics' Best Foreign Film choice also matched that of most critics' groups: Stephen Chow's action-packed Kung Fu / Kung Fu Hustle. (Many non-American films that are eligible for awards in New York and Los Angeles are ineligible in places like Salt Lake City or Boston because either they won't be screened in those cities until 2006 – or they simply will never reach U.S. theaters outside that country's two largest film centers.)

Best Actor and Best Actress honors went to U.S. critics' faves, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Reese Witherspoon, for Capote and Walk the Line, respectively. Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain and Maria Bello in A History of Violence were the runners-up. Best screenplay was a tie: Shane Black for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Miranda July for Me and You and Everybody We Know, the runner-up for the Best Film prize.

The 2005 Utah Film Critics Association award winners were announced on Dec. 25, '05.

Best Film: Brokeback Mountain

Runner-up: Me and You and Everyone We Know by Miranda July

Best Foreign-Language Film: Kung Fu Hustle by Stephen Chow

Runner-up: Downfall by Oliver Hirschbiegel

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

Runner-up: Woody Allen, Match Point

Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

Runner-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Runner-up: Maria Bello, A History of Violence

Best Supporting Actor: Andy Serkis, King Kong

Runner-up: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man

Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener

Runner-up: Amy Adams, Junebug

Best Screenplay (tie): Shane Black, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Miranda July, Me and You and Everyone We Know

Best Documentary: Murderball by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro

Runner-up: Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog

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