Los Angeles Critics Pick "Schmidt"; "Heaven" Also Honored
by Eugene Hernandez
(indieWIRE: 12.16.02) -- The Los Angeles Film Critics Association weighed
in with their choices for the best of 2002, naming "About Schmidt" the top
movie of the year. Alexander Payne's latest, which debuted in Cannes and
opened the New York Film Festival, stars Jack Nicholson who shared the
LA critic's best actor prize with Daniel Day-Lewis, star of "Gangs of
New York." Payne and collaborator Jim Taylor were also awarded the best
screenplay prize for the New Line Cinema release.
"Far From Heaven," from Focus Features, also won three prizes during
Saturday's balloting. It was the runner-up for the best picture prize.
Actress Julianne Moore won the best actress award for her work in both
"Heaven" and "The Hours," while the film won the award for best
cinematography (Ed Lachman) and best musical score (Elmer Bernstein).
Among other prizes, the critics group's new generation award was
presented to Lynne Ramsay, director of "Movern Callar." "The Cockettes"
was selected as best documetary, "Gangs of New York" won the best
production award and the prize for best animated film went to "Spirited
Away" with a special citation for "Lilo & Stitch." The award for best
supporting actor went to Chris Cooper for "Adaptation" and the prize for
best supporting actress was awarded to Edie Falco for "Sunshine State."
New York film critics will announce their choices for the best of 2002
today in Manhattan. [Eugene Hernandez]