'Brokeback Mountain': Critics Awards Go to Gay Cowboy Romantic Drama

Brokeback Mountain Best Film: Gay love story with Jake Gyllenhaal + Heath LedgerBrokeback Mountain. The Best Film winner in San Francisco, Boston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Florida, Utah, and most elsewhere in the U.S., Ang Lee's gay love story stars star-crossed cowboy lovers Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger – the latter selected as the year's Best Actor in, among other locations, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and St. Louis.

'Brokeback Mountain' tops Boston Film Critics Awards

This December 2005, U.S.-based film critics groups have been announcing their lists of winners (and sometimes runners-up). For starters, the Boston Society of Film Critics has selected Ang Lee's gay love story Brokeback Mountain as the Best Film of the year. Lee was voted Best Director, while Steven Spielberg's 1970s-set political thriller Munich, starring Eric Bana as a Mossad agent, was the runner-up in both categories. (See full list of winners and runners-up further below.)

Another feature revolving around a gay character, Bennett Miller's Capote, was the Boston Film Critics' pick for Best Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman, as Truman Capote) and Best Screenplay (Dan Futterman).

Harper Lee & Jane Austen among winners & runners-up

Catherine Keener was chosen Best Supporting Actress for Capote – in which she plays To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee – and two other films: The Ballad of Jack and Rose and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

The Best Actress was Reese Witherspoon for her portrayal of country singer June Carter in James Mangold's Walk the Line. Keira Knightley was the runner-up for bringing to life Jane Austen's heroine Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice.

And finally, the Best Foreign Language Film was Stephen Chow's actioner Kung Fu Hustle. Another East Asian release, Wong Kar-Wai's 2046, was the runner-up.

Gay cowboy drama & disturbing Paris-set thriller top San Francisco Film Critics Awards

Like its Boston counterpart, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle has added another feather to the cowboy hat of Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain. The critically acclaimed gay love story was chosen as the year's Best Picture, in addition to top honors going to director Lee and star Heath Ledger. (See list of winners further below.)

Also like in Boston, San Francisco's Best Actress was Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line. Amy Adams was Best Supporting Actress for Phil Morrison's Junebug.

Kevin Costner comeback

Veteran Kevin Costner (No Way Out, Dances with Wolves), gone from the awards season radar for quite some time, was voted Best Supporting Actor for Mike Binder's The Upside of Anger.

The Best Foreign Language Film was Michael Haneke's French-Austrian sociopsychological thriller Hidden / Caché, winner of the 2005 European Film Awards. Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche star.

The Best Documentary was Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man, about a man with a – ultimately deadly – thing for bears.

Lastly, actor/director/co-screenwriter George Clooney and Grant Heslov won the Best Screenplay award for their black-and-white, 1950s-set drama Good Night, and Good Luck, the story of broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and his attempts to bring down far-right politician Joseph McCarthy.

Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line as June Carter: Film critics top Best ActressReese Witherspoon in Walk the Line. As country singer and Johnny Cash companion (and later wife) June Carter, Reese Witherspoon is the U.S. film critics' top pick for Best Actress of the year. Her costar, Joaquin Phoenix (as Cash), hasn't been nearly as lucky, as Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) and Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain) have been the favorites in the Best Actor category.

'Brokeback Mountain' tops Utah Film Critics Awards

The Utah Film Critics Society has followed the lead of most other U.S. critics groups, selecting Ang Lee's gay Western-ish love story Brokeback Mountain as the Best Film of 2005.

Lee was named Best Director while Woody Allen, finally getting onto one critics group's list, was a runner-up for the London-set social/crime drama Match Point. (See list of winners further below.)

The Utah Film Critics' Best Foreign Language Film also matched the selection of many other groups: Stephen Chow's actioner Kung Fu Hustle.

Of course, many non-American films eligible for awards in New York and Los Angeles are ineligible in places like Salt Lake City because either they won't be screened in that city until 2006 or they simply will never reach U.S. theaters outside that country's largest film centers.

Truman Capote & June Carter once again top choices

The Utah Film Critics' Best Actor and Best Actress were two other U.S. critics faves, respectively, Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote and Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line. Heath Ledger and Maria Bello were the runners-up for, respectively, Brokeback Mountain and A History of Violence.

The Best Screenplay pick was a tie: Shane Black for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Miranda July for Me and You and Everybody We Know, which happened to be the runner-up for Best Film.

The 2005 Utah Film Critics Association winners were announced on Christmas Day.

Below are this year's best of the best according to the following film critics groups: Boston, San Francisco, Utah, Southeastern, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Florida, Iowa, and St. Louis.

Boston Society of Film Critics winners

Best Film: Brokeback Mountain.

Runner-up: Munich.

Best Foreign Language Film: Kung Fu Hustle.

Runner-up: 2046.

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain.

Runner-up: Steven Spielberg, Munich.

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line.

Runner-up: Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice.

Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote.

Runner-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Supporting Actor: : Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man.

Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener, Capote, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Best Ensemble: Syriana.

Best Screenplay: Dan Futterman, Capote.

Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit, Good Night, and Good Luck.

Best Documentary: Murderball, dir.: Henry Alex Rubin & Dana Adam Shapiro.

Runner-up: Grizzly Man, dir.: Werner Herzog.

David Brudnoy New Filmmaker Award: Joe Wright, Pride & Prejudice.

Best discoveries/rediscoveries (shown at local art houses and universities):
Welcome Danger
.
Blackmail.
Outcast of the Islands.
The Little Fugitive.
Seven Men from Now.

Special Mention: The Leff Foundation and to Mikes Bowes of the nonprofit filmmakers' support group Central Productions.

 

San Francisco Film Critics Winners

Best Film: Brokeback Mountain.

Best Foreign Language Film: Hidden / Caché.

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Actor: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line.

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, Junebug.

Best Supporting Actor: Kevin Costner, The Upside of Anger.

Best Screenplay: George Clooney & Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck.

Best Documentary: Grizzly Man.

Marlon Riggs Award (for local talent): Jenni Olson, The Joy of Life.

 

Utah Film Critics winners

Best Film: Brokeback Mountain.

Runner-up: Me and You and Everyone We Know.

Best Foreign Language Film: Kung Fu Hustle.

Runner-up: Downfall / Der Untergang, dir.: 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; Miranda July, Me and You and Everyone We Know.

Best Documentary: Murderball.

Runner-up: Grizzly Man.

 

Southeastern Film Critics winners

Best Film: Brokeback Mountain.

Runners-up:
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Capote.
Crash.
A History of Violence.
The Constant Gardener.
Syriana.
Cinderella Man.
King Kong.
Walk the Line.

Best Foreign Language Film: Hidden.

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Actress: Felicity HuffmanTransamerica.

Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote.

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man.

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, Junebug.

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, Crash.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Documentary: March of the Penguins, dir.: Luc Jacquet.

Best Animated Film: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, dir.: Nick Park and Steve Box.

Wyatt Award (for the film that best captures the “spirit of the South”): Junebug.

 

Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Awards

Best Film: Brokeback Mountain.

Runners-up:
Capote.
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Crash.
Cinderella Man.
Syriana.
Pride & Prejudice.
A History of Violence.
King Kong.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

Best Foreign Language Film: Paradise Now, dir.: Hani Abu-Assad.

Runners-up:
Kung Fu Hustle.
Downfall.
Nobody Knows.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain.

Runners-up: George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck. Bennett Miller, Capote. Peter Jackson, King Kong. Paul Haggis, Crash.

Best Actress: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica.

Runners-up: Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice. Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line. Joan Allen, The Upside of Anger. Charlize Theron, North Country.

Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote.

Runners-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain. David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck. Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line. Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man.

Best Supporting Actor: Matt Dillon, Crash.

Runners-up: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man. Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain. George Clooney, Syriana. Jesse Eisenberg, The Squid and the Whale.

Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener, Capote.

Runners-up: Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain. Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener. Scarlett Johansson, Match Point. Amy Adams, Junebug.

Best Screenplay: Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain.

Runner-up: Dan Futterman, Capote.

Best Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto, Brokeback Mountain.

Runner-up: Emmanuel Lubezki, The New World.

Best Documentary: Murderball.

Runners-up: March of the Penguins. Grizzly Man. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Mad Hot Ballroom.

Best Animated Film: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Runner-up: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

Russell Smith Award (for a low-budget “cutting-edge” film): Me and You and Everyone We Know, dir.: Miranda July.

 

Las Vegas Film Critics Awards

Best Film: Brokeback Mountain.

Runners-up:
Crash.
King Kong.
Good Night, and Good Luck.
A History of Violence.
Cinderella Man.
The Constant Gardener.
Capote.
The New World.
Walk the Line.

Best Foreign Language Film: Kung Fu Hustle.

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Actor: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line.

Best Supporting Actor: Matt Dillon, Crash.

Best Supporting Actress: Frances McDormand, North Country.

Best Screenplay: Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, Crash.

Best Documentary: March of the Penguins.

Best Animated Film: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Best Cinematography: Andrew Lesnie, King Kong.

Best Film Editing: Jamie Selkirk, King Kong.

Best Score: Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Song: “Travelin' Thru,” Dolly Parton, from Transamerica.

Best Art Direction: Simon Bright & Dan Hennah, King Kong.

Best Costume Design: Terry Ryan, King Kong.

Best Visual Effects: King Kong.

Youth in Film Award: Dakota Fanning, War of the Worlds.

Best DVD: (packaging, content and transfer) “King Kong Diaries,” Universal Home Video.

Best Family Film: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award: Jerry Lewis.

 

Phoenix Film Critics winners

Best Film: Cinderella Man, dir.: Ron Howard.

Runners-up (in alphabetical order):
Brokeback Mountain.
Capote.
Crash.
Good Night and Good Luck.
A History of Violence.
In Her Shoes.
King Kong.
Sin City.
Walk the Line.

Best Foreign Language Film: Kung Fu Hustle.

Best Director: George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck.

Best Actor: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Actress: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica.

Best Supporting Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, Crash.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Ensemble: Crash.

Best Documentary: March of the Penguins.

Best Animated Film: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Best Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Editing: Robert Rodriguez, Sin City.

Best Score: Danny Elfman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Best Production Design: Grant Major, King Kong.

Best Costume Design: Colleen Atwood, Memoirs of a Geisha.

Best Original Song: “Travelin' Thru,” Transamerica.

Best Visual Effects: King Kong.

Breakthrough Performance – On-Screen: Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow.

Breakout Performance of the Year – Behind the Camera: Paul Haggis, Crash.

Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male: Freddie Highmore, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female: Georgie Henley, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Best Live Action Family Film: Millions, dir.: Danny Boyle.

Overlooked Film of the Year: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, dir.: Shane Black.

Best Make-Up: Sin City.

Best Stunts: Batman Begins.

Best Use of Previously Published or Recorded Music: Walk the Line.

Best Trailer: King Kong.

 

Florida Film Critics Winners

Best Film: Brokeback Mountain.

Best Foreign Language Film: Kung Fu Hustle.

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote.

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line.

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, Junebug.

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man.

Best Screenplay: Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Documentary: Grizzly Man.

Best Animated Film: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Best Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto, Brokeback Mountain.

Pauline Kael Award for Breakthrough Performance: Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow, Crash, and Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

 

Iowa Film Critics winners

Best Film: Brokeback Mountain.

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Actress: Joan Allen, The Upside of Anger.

Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote.

Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener.

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man.

Best Movie Yet to Open in Iowa: Match Point.

 

St. Louis Film Critics winners

Best Film : Brokeback Mountain.

Runner-up: Good Night, and Good Luck.

Best Foreign Language Film: Tsotsi (South Africa), dir.: Gavin Hood.

Runner-up: 2046 (China).

Best Documentary: March of the Penguins.

Runner-up (tie): Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, dir.: Alex Gibney; Mad Hot Ballroom, dir.: Marilyn Agrelo.

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain.

Runner-up: George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck.

Best Actor: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain.

Runner-up: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote.

Best Actress: Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents.

Runner-up: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica.

Best Supporting Actor: George Clooney, Syriana.

Runners-up (three-way tie): Mickey Rourke, Sin City; Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain; Bob Hoskins, Mrs. Henderson Presents.

Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener.

Runner-up: Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Screenplay: Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain.

Runner-up: George Clooney & Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck.

Best Cinematography or Visual Effects: Andrew Lesnie, King Kong.

Runner-up: Rodrigo Prieto, Brokeback Mountain.

Best Animated, Musical or Comedy Film: Wedding Crashers, dir.: David Dobkin.

Runner-up: The Matador, dir.: Richard Shepard.

Best Overlooked Film or Most Original, Innovative or Creative Film: Sin City, dir.: Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller.

Runner-up: Me and You and Everyone We Know.

 

Boston Society of Film Critics website.

San Francisco Film Critics Circle website.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain image: Focus Features.

Image of Reese Witherspoon as June Carter in Walk the Line: 20th Century Fox.

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