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New York Critics Salute "Far From Heaven"

New York Critics Salute "Far From Heaven"









A scene from "Far From Heaven."



(indieWIRE: 12.17.02) -- The New York Film Critics Circle picked their
favorite films and performances of 2002, giving Focus Features' "Far
From Heaven
" five awards. In addition to selecting the movie as best
picture, Todd Haynes was awarded best director honors, Dennis Quaid was
named best supporting actor, Patricia Clarkson was selected best
supporting actress, and Ed Lachman won the prize for best cinematography.

The nods for "Far From Heaven" are on the heels of the film's three
award from the Los Angeles film critics this weekend. As industry
prognosticators eye the Golden Globe nominations later this week,
observers are beginning to get a sense of which films will vie for
Academy Awards.

Among other honorees, Diane Lane was a surprise win in the best actress
category for "Unfaithful" (Fox) while the award for best actor went to
Daniel Day Lewis for "Gangs of New York." (Miramax). The screenplay prize
went to "Adaptation" (Sony/Columbia) written by Charlie Kaufman and his
on-screen brother, Donald Kaufman.

Alphonso Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (IFC Films) was named the best
foreign film this year, while the award for best first film went to
Artisan's "Roger Dodger," written and directed by Dylan Kidd. Artisan's
"Standing in the Shadows of Motown," directed by Paul Justman, was also a
winner, taking the award for best non-fiction film. A special award will be
presented to Kino International for the restoration of "Metropolis."

This was the 68th annual awards selection by the 34 member New York
Film Critics Circle. The organization will present the prizes at an
awards dinner in Manhattan on January 12. [Eugene Hernandez]

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