Seattle's film critics have tapped Far From Heaven as best picture of the year, with the 1950s-era drama earning honors in five other categories, including director (out filmmaker Todd Haynes) and actress (Julianne Moore). They also created a special annual category, the Living Legend award, to salute a "movie notable deserving of career recognition." This year's award goes to actress Maureen O'Hara. The inaugural awards were organized by Seattle's Parallax View: A Film Society, whose members include film enthusiasts, professionals, and critics. The members did not vote on the awards, however; a Parallax committee polled the area's critics.
Other winners: actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York; supporting actress, Bebe Neuwirth, Tadpole; supporting actor, Chris Cooper, Adaptation; original screenplay, Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven; adapted screenplay, David Hare, The Hours; documentary, The Kid Stays in the Picture; foreign-language film, Y Tu Mamá También; cinematography, Edward Lachman, Far From Heaven; music, Elmer Bernstein, Far From Heaven; editing, Bill Pankow, Femme Fatale; and production design, Dante Ferretti, Gangs of New York.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, the Southeast Film Critics Association--which includes 42 members representing Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia--gave their best picture nod to The Hours, based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by gay author Michael Cunningham, while also honoring Far From Heaven in the actress and original screenplay categories.
Here is a complete list of the SFCA winners:
Top 10 Films: The Hours (Best Picture), Far from Heaven, Chicago, Adaptation, Gangs of New York, Road to Perdition, Y Tu Mamá También, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist, About Schmidt
Best Foreign-Language Film: Y Tu Mamá También (Mexico); Runner-up: Talk to Her (Spain)
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Gangs of New York; Runner-up: Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York; Runner-up: Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven; Runner-up: Nicole Kidman, The Hours
Best Supporting Actor: Chris Cooper, Adaptation; Runner-up: Paul Newman, Road to Perdition
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep, Adaptation; Runner-up: Toni Collette, About a Boy
Best Original Screenplay: Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven; Runner-up: Dylan Kidd, Roger Dodger
Best Adapted Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, Adaptation; Runner-up: David Hare, The Hours
Best Documentary: Bowling for Columbine; Runner-up: Standing in the Shadows of Motown