Mountain awards-season juggernaut continues apace,
with the San Francisco Film Critics Circle lavishing
the gay romantic tragedy with its Best Picture, Best
Director (Ang Lee), and Best Actor (Heath Ledger)
awards. The film has also been cited as the year's
best picture by the Los Angeles and New York critics
groups and is a contender for the Golden Globes and the
Critics' Choice awards.
Jenni Olson was given the group's Marlon Riggs Award
for courage and innovation for her experimental documentary
The Joy of Life. One critic cited the film,
which deals with the Golden Gate Bridge and its attraction
to the suicidal, as "an extraordinary lyrical
meditation on love and death in the Bay Area,"
according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The
group gave its Best Actress prize to Reese Witherspoon
for her role as June Carter in the musical biopic Walk
the Line, and supporting-actor awards went to
Kevin Costner (for The Upside of Anger) and Amy
Adams (for Junebug).
include Best Screenplay to George Clooney and Grant Heslov
for Good Night, and Good Luck; Best Foreign
Film to Michael Haneke's Cache; and Best
Documentary to Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man.