Brokeback Mountain, Capote big winners with L.A. film

The 2005 film
awards season had its official kickoff Saturday with the
announcement of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association
awards, and gay-themed films took several top prizes.
The acclaimed tragic Western romance Brokeback
was named Best Picture, with Ang Lee
picking up the Best Director prize. Bennett Miller's
Capote, about gay author Truman Capote and the
writing of In Cold Blood, won Best Actor for
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Best Screenplay for Dan Futterman
(in a tie with Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the
). Capote's Catherine Keener was named
Best Supporting Actress for her body of work in 2005, which
also included The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The
40-Year-Old Virgin
, and The Interpreter.

winners included Vera Farmiga, who took Best Actress for the
little-seen but acclaimed indie Down to the
; William Hurt for Best Supporting Actor in A
History of Violence
; Wallace & Gromit: The
Curse of the Were-Rabbit
, Best Animated
Feature; 2046, Best Production Design; Good
Night, and Good Luck
, Best Cinematography;
Howl's Moving Castle, Best Score;
Caché, Best Foreign Film; Grizzly
, Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film; Terence
Howard, New Generation; Richard Widmark, Career
Achievement; La Commune (Paris, 1871), Best
Independent/Experimental Film; and special citations to
openly gay Los Angeles Times film critic Kevin
Thomas and to David Shepard, Bruce Posner, and the Anthology
Film Archive for the Unseen Cinema DVD set.

In other
Brokeback Mountain news, the Heath
Ledger–Jake Gyllenhaal hit was cited as one of the
year's best films by the American Film Institute. The
film is also a nominee for Best Picture at the
Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Awards.

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