‘Fargo’ slays crix

Nonprint reviewers laud Rush, McDormand

“Fargo,” the iconoclastic black comedy thriller by Joel and Ethan Coen, chalked up another best picture win with the announcement of bests and runners-up Thursday by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. The organization’s slate of winners mirrors previously announced prizes, with citations going to talent from such films as “The English Patient,” “Shine” and “Jerry Maguire.”

In addition to its picture nod, “Fargo” was deemed best for the performance of Frances McDormand. However, the film wound up a bridesmaid in the direction and screenplay categories, both of which went to Anthony Minghella for “The English Patient,” the BFCA’s best-pic runner-up.

Best actor went to Geoffrey Rush of “Shine,” a winner with both the New York and L.A. print critics. The best supporting actress prize went to Joan Allen of “The Crucible.”

Lipnicki weighs in

“Jerry Maguire” won three awards in acting categories, though star Tom Cruise had to settle for a second place. Cuba Gooding Jr. was prized in the supporting actor section, while Renee Zellweger and Jonathan Lipnicki were cited in the less traditional areas of breakout artist and child performance.

Other runners-up in acting categories included Diane Keaton for “Marvin’s Room” (actress), “Fly Away Home’s” Anna Paquin (child performer), Courtney Love of “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (supporting actress) and a second-place tie in supporting actor for Edward Norton (“Primal Fear,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt”) and James Woods (“Ghosts of Mississippi”).

French films “Ridicule” and “La Ceremonie” were named best and runner-up among foreign-language pictures, and runner-up “101 Dalmatians” wound up chasing the wild geese of “Fly Away Home,” which was named best family film. “When We Were Kings” clobbered the competition among documentaries, with the insect saga “Microcosmos” second.

10 being best

The group announced a collective 10 best consisting of “Big Night,” “The Crucible,” “The English Patient,” “Evita,” “Fargo,” “Hamlet,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Lone Star,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Shine.”

Formed in 1995, the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. has a national membership of 84 television, radio and online film reviewers. Last year, it cited “Braveheart” as best picture. The organization will present its awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 20.

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