|Sideways continues to dominate the critics’ awards, winning best picture from the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle earlier today. Sideways also earned the best screenplay awards for writers Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor.
The low budget picture about two buddies looking for love in Southern California wine country has earned rave reviews since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September, and with the many honours the film has won from North American critics groups, it must now be taken very seriously as an Oscar contender.
Paul Giamatti, the sad sack star of film was named best actor for his superb performance, and co-star Virginia Madsen was named best supporting actress by the critics in their vote this morning. Their wonderful scene on the back porch of her home as they discuss what wine means to them may be the best written scene of the year.
Imelda Staunton won best actress for her brilliant turn as the abortionist in Mike Leigh’s gritty and profound Vera Drake.
Clive Owen took best supporting actor for his work in Closer, and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 won the award for documentary, and Hero captured the award for best cinematography. |
In something of a surprise Clint Eastwood was named best director for his helming of Million Dollar Baby beating out Alexander Payne for Sideways, and Martin Scorsese for The Aviator, the Howard Hughes drama which came away empty handed.
The Incredibles was named best animated film and Bad Education took away best foreign language film.