Seattle Critics Praise “Far From Heaven”
by Christopher Henderson/indieWIRE
Todd Haynes’ “Far From Heaven” added another award to its growing collection when the Seattle Film Critics named the Focus Films release best picture of 2002. In addition, Haynes received two other nods, best director and best original screenplay, from the Seattle group’s first annual awards. The film’s lead actress Julianne Moore, cinematographer Ed Lachman, and composer Elmer Bernstein were also recognized as tops in their field for the year. The accolades follow the three awards the film garnered from the Los Angeles Critics and the five prizes, including best picture, it received from the New York Critics.
Along with Moore, the Seattle critics rewarded acting honors to lead performer Daniel Day-Lewis in “Gangs of New York,” and supporting players Bebe Neuwirth and Chris Cooper for “Tadpole” and “Adaptation,” respectively. “Gangs of New York” also picked up the production design award. Alfonso Curaon’s “Y Tu Mama Tambien” won best foreign film, while Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein’s “The Kid Stays in the Picture” was named best documentary. David Hare collected the best adapted screenplay award for “The Hours.”
Seattle’s new film organization, Parallax View: A Film Society, created the awards this year by polling 24 of Seattle’s leading critics. In addition to prizes for the current year’s films, they created a Living Legend award. This years winner was actress Maureen O’Hara, best know for her work in John Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley.”