"L.A. Confidential" Continues Roll With Chitown Critics Awards; Indies Win Big

by Mark Rabinowitz

Kevin Spacey in "L.A. Confidential."

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

The Chicago Film Critics gave "L.A. Confidential" yet another boost in
its Best Picture Oscar campaign, giving the stylish noir thriller three
awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Curtis Hanson), and Best
Screenplay (Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson). The other front runner
for big winners on Oscar night, "Titanic," took home two awards, with
the critics feting Russell Carpenter's cinematography and James Horner's
original score.

The rest of the night belonged to indies and specialty division films,
with the remaining seven awards going to seven different films. Masayuki
Suo's "Shall We Dance?" took home the award for Best Foreign Language
Film, with the director winging his way to Chicago from Japan for the
ceremony. In the acting categories Oscar hopefuls Robert Duvall ("The
"), Judi Dench ("Mrs. Brown"), Burt Reynolds ("Boogie Nights")
and Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting") took home awards for Best Actor,
Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Most Promising Actor respectively,
while non-Oscar nominees Debbi Morgan ("Eve's Bayou") and Joey Lauren
Adams ("Chasing Amy") won for Best Supporting Actress and Most
Promising Actress. The Commitment to Chicago award was given to actor
John Mahoney ("Say Anything," TV's "Fraser") and the Big Shoulders award
went to Chicago's Kartemquin Films' Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal.