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"Confidential"; "Fast, Cheap" Win Second Best Picture Honor

"Confidential"; "Fast, Cheap" Win Second Best Picture Honor

by Aaron Krach

L.A. Confidential” won its second Best Picture nod yesterday — this time
from The New York Film Critics Circle. The National Board of Review also chose
“Confidential” as Best Picture. “Confidential”‘s director, Curtis Hanson was
chosen as Best Director. Brian Helgeland and Hanson were also honored for
“Confidential”‘s screenplay. The film has now been chosen Best Picture by two
critics groups, making it the reputed front-runner for the Academy Award.
Errol Morris’, “Fast, Cheap, And Out Of Control” was chosen Best Non-Fiction
Film. “Fast” was also chosen as Best Documentary by the National Board of

The Critics Circle looked beyond the obvious in the acting categories; Best
Actor, Peter Fonda, “Ulee’s Gold“; Best Actress, Julie Christie, “Afterglow“;
Best Supporting Actor, Burt Reynolds, “Boogie Nights”, Best Supporting
Actress, Joan Cusack, “In & Out”.

The Best Cinematography Award went to Roger Deakins for his work on Martin
Scorsese’s “Kundun“. The Best Foreign Language Film was Jacques Doillon’s
Ponette“. Daniel Talbot of New Yorker Films was presented a Special Tribute
Award. Sundance breakthrough, Neil LaBute’s “In The Company Of Men” was
chosen as Best First Film.

Unlike the more secretive, National Board of Review, the New York Film
Critics Circle make public the list of voting members. This year’s list

Thelma Adams (New York Post),

John Anderson (Newsday),

David Ansen (Newsweek),

Jami Bernard (Daily News),

Dwight Brown (Emerge),

Bob Campbell (Newhouse Newspapers),

Godfrey Cheshire (New York Press),

Richard Corliss (Time),

David Denby (New York Magazine),

Marshall Fine (Gannett Newspapers),

Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly),

J. Hoberman (Village Voice),

Stephen Holden (The New York Times),

Dave Kehr (Daily News),

Stuart Klawans (The Nation),

Janet Maslin, (The New York Times),

Jack Mathews (Newsday),

Joe Morgenstern (The Wall Street Journal),

Terrence Rafferty (GQ),

Rex Reed (The New York Observer),

Leah Rozen (People),

Andrew Sarris (The New York Observer),

Richard Schickel (Time),

Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly),

John Simon (National Review),

David Sterritt (Christian Science Monitor),

Peter Travers (Rolling Stone),

Amy Taubin (Village Voice),

Armond White (New York Press),

and Bruce Williamson (Playboy).

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