'Brokeback' honored by L.A., Boston critics

135053__brokeback_lAnd they’re off…in the race for Oscar!

Jumping out to an early lead, it’s Brokeback Mountain (left, costarring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger), fueled by Best Picture nods from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Boston Society of Film Critics over the weekend, but dark horse The Squid and the Whale is in hot pursuit after taking home top honors from the New York Film Critics Online.

Don’t count out Capote, either, especially not with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the saddle. His performance won the best actor prize from the Los Angeles critics, while Vera Farmiga was named best actress for Down to the Bone. The group gave supporting actor nods to the prolific Catherine Keener (for her work in Capote, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Interpreter, and The Ballad of Jack and Rose) and to A History of Violence‘s William Hurt. Best director went to Brokeback‘s Ang Lee.

The Boston critics (whose ranks include PopWatch’s leading man Gary Susman) concurred with their
Left Coast colleagues in the best picture, best director, best actor, and best supporting actress categories. They awarded Reese Witherspoon the best actress prize for her performance in Walk the Line, and Paul Giamatti with the best supporting actor award for Cinderella Man.

New York’s online critics made it a clean sweep of the weekend’s awards for Seymour Hoffman, but respectively spread the wealth for best actress, best supporting actress, best supporting actor, and best director among Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice), Amy Adams (Junebug), Oliver Platt (Casanova), and Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener).

The American Film Institute also placed its bets this weekend, by naming its own list of the year’s 10 best movies: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Good Night, and Good Luck, A History of Violence, King Kong, Munich, The Squid and the Whale, and Syriana.

Do any of the above winners make your personal awards list? Or are there any glaring omissions? Holla back!

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  • Chris

    What is the deal with wildly overrated Philip Seymour Hoffman? Apparently I’m in the minority on this, but I’ve never enjoyed his performances because you can always SEE him acting — he doesn’t become his characters in the way the Heath Ledger does in Brokeback Mountain. Hoffman is all a bunch of tics and overdone mannerisms, but critics go ga-ga for his schtick. At least Brokeback and Reese Witherspoon are getting some well-deserved buzz from the critics, too.

  • Susan

    Where’s Joaquin Phoenix for Walk the Line? He certainly deserves an honorable mention or a win somewhere!

  • Miles

    I thought Capote was a lazy, over the top performance in a half cooked film. I actually give the best actor to Heath Ledger, that performance ranks up there with the best of Pacino, DeNiro, Hanks, Brando and all of the greats.
    Best Picture of the year, I really thought it’s a Brokeback Mountain sorta year, but I see King Kong coming over the horizon. At first I didn’t think it had a chance, but the previews make me misty, the reviews are glowing, and it restores film making to a mythic level I haven’t seen, well, since Peter Jackson last did a movie… is that Jackson guy a god yet?

  • rilee

    I couldn’t agree more about Joaquin Phoenix. He made Walk the Line.

  • Stef

    Wow I feel exactly the opposite way about Hoffman. He IS Truman Capote in the movie. After 2 minutes I completely forgot I was watching an actor and just thought about Capote the person. As much as I love Jaoquin Phoenix, his performance was just not as good as Hoffman’s. He tried too hard.

  • Dani

    I actually Think Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the most completely undderrated actors working today. He’s Stellar in every movie he’s in-lifting the bad ones up and adding to the good ones. It’s amazing he’s not a household name outside of Hollywood, but i bet a lot of people know who he is just by looks or by movies he’s in alone, even if they don’t know his name. It’s kinda like how John C. Reilly was on nobody’s radar before 2002 and then he ended up in like 4 of the most successful movies of that year (Chicago, Gangs of New York, The hours, the good girl). He had been working for years, and all of a sudden people were like “oh yeah, he’s good and he was in every movie that took home and award this year.”
    And for those of you who thought Capote was “over the top” have you ever seen footage of Capote? I’m sure in 50 years a portrayal of Michael Jackson may be seen as over the top to some 20 something, but everone here knows how over the top MJ really is.
    If the person whom the movie is about was over the top, you can’t fault the movie for being true to the source. Then it wouldn’t be a bio pic, it’d be made up fiction with someone who happens to have the same name.

  • Chris Evans

    Heath Ledger, Joaquin Phoenix, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman are really the only possibilities for Best Actor. And it looks lately as if Ledger and Phoenix are pushing forward as the frontrunners.


  • Joseph

    The 2006 oscars will be more difficult to pick then the previous year’s. Director and best supporting actress are usually the only categories that give me issues and this year doesn’t seem to be any exception. I got all the picks right last year for some contest, but I highly suspect there won’t be a repeat performance this year.
    I guess I need to see King Kong even though seeing Jack Black in that will prove painful. I’m leaning toward Brokeback Mountain and Goodnight and Good Luck for the strongest movie presence, but obviously I think for the technical awards King Kong will probably clean up.

  • cRAIG

    this is the worst year for movies i can remember.
    when Crash is being mentioned in some critics’
    Top 10 lists, that says a lot. an incredibly
    overrated film…

  • Amy

    I’m glad to see Good Night and Good Luck on somebody’s list, but I was a bit underwhelmed by Syriana. I think Gaghan did a better job adapting Traffic to the screen. I hated reading In Cold Blood, so I’ll probably pass on Capote. I expect Hoffman to win, but count me in the Joaquin Phoenix camp. I’m still playing the soundtrack to Walk the Line over and over again in my car.

  • C-LOS

    I cannot believe AFI left out the Constant Gardner, over the 40-year old virgin. The Constant Gardner’s message should not be forgotten. It is one of the most powerful movies of the year.

  • Laura

    I am glad that Philip Seymour Hoffman is winning so many awards already – he was amazing! I was also glad to see Keira Knightley win an award as well, because she was fabulous.
    But where is the movie she starred in, Pride and Prejudice?? I thought it was definitely one of the bests of the year, if not the best, and yet it’s not on any of the 10 best film lists – which, by the way, are suspiciously full of politically heavy-handed films…

  • Mike C

    Am I the only one who remembers Broken Flowers. Bill Murray was excellent. And also lets not talk about contenders until we all get a good look at Munich, The New World, and Match Point. Cause those movies have to save this race or else this will go down as an underwhelming year for Oscar contenders.

  • Ned

    Hustle And Flow was the best movie so far this year, if Terrence Howard doesn’t get a best actor nod, then there is no justice. I loved Walk The Line, and Phoenix was great, but Terrence Howard was just fantastic. Also, DJ Qualls deserves a supporting actor nomination.

  • Adam

    I think this is Catherine Keener’s year. She has been deserving for so long. And what about Phillip Seymour Hoffman. If these two win, I don’t care how much the Oscars have let me down in the past–I’ll throw it all out the window. Go Capote!!
    As well, Go History of Violence!!

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