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Brokeback Mountain leads Critics' Choice Awards with
three wins

Brokeback Mountain leads Critics' Choice Awards with
three wins

Brokeback Mountain won a leading three awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Ang Lee, but it was Philip Seymour Hoffman's entrancing portrayal of Truman Capote that captured the Best Actor honor Monday at the 11th annual Critics' Choice Awards. George Clooney received the Freedom Award, a special tribute "for illuminating our shared values of freedom, tolerance, and democracy" through Good Night, and Good Luck, his film about television reporter Edward R. Murrow and the McCarthy era. Oscar-winner Julia Roberts, making her first public appearance since having twins, presented the award.

Reese Witherspoon was named Best Actress for her sassy performance as June Carter in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. Michelle Williams of Brokeback Mountain tied for the award for Best Supporting Actress with Amy Adams of Junebug. Paul Giamatti, whose Sideways costar Thomas Haden Church was named Best Supporting Actor last year, took the honor this year for his role as a fight promoter in Cinderella Man. Freddie Highmore won his second award for Best Young Actor for his role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; last year, it was for Finding Neverland. The awards were presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, near Los Angeles.

Another special award, for Distinguished Achievement in Performing Arts, went to the movie epic King Kong, for "revolutionary cinematic achievement in synthesizing visual effects with an actor's performance to create the character." Andy Serkis, whose movements and expressions were captured to animate the big ape, was among those on hand to accept. (AP)

The complete list of winners:

Picture: Brokeback Mountain

Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Supporting Actor: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man

Supporting Actress: (tie) Amy Adams, Junebug, and Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

Acting Ensemble: Crash

Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

Writer: Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, Crash

Animated Feature: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Young Actor: Freddie Highmore, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Young Actress: Dakota Fanning, War of the Worlds

Comedy: The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Family Film (live action): The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Picture Made for Television: Into the West

Foreign Language Film: Kung Fu Hustle

Song: "Hustle & Flow," written by Al Kapone and performed by Terrence Howard, from the film Hustle & Flow

Soundtrack: Walk the Line

Composer: John Williams for Memoirs of a Geisha

Documentary Feature: March of the Penguins


Special Awards:

Freedom: George Clooney

Distinguished Achievement in Performing Arts: King Kong

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