HOUSTON — Deep in the heart of Texas, they’re wild about “The Sweet Hereafter.”

The Society of Texas Film Critics has named Atom Egoyan’s haunting drama as best picture of 1997. The organization also honored Egoyan as best director.

Other winners selected by participating Texas film critics include Robert Duvall of “The Apostle” for best actor; Helena Bonham Carter of “The Wings of the Dove” for best actress; Kevin Spacey of “L.A. Confidential” and “Midnight in Garden of Good and Evil” as best supporting actor; and Joan Cusack of “In & Out” as best supporting actress.

Neil LaBute received the STFC’s best original screenplay accolade for “In the Company of Men,” while Brain Helgeland and Curtis Hanson nabbed the best adapted screenplay prize for “L.A. Confidential.” “Shall We Dance?” earned the best foreign language film prize, and “Fast, Cheap and Out of Control” was voted best documentary.

Runners-up in the final round of STFC voting include “Titanic” for best picture; Peter Fonda of “Ulee’s Gold” for best actor; Judi Dench of “Mrs. Brown” for best actress; Burt Reynolds of “Boogie Nights” for best supporting actor; Kim Basinger of “L.A. Confidential” for best supporting actress; James Cameron of “Titanic” for best director; “As Good as It Gets” for best original screenplay; “The Sweet Hereafter” for best adapted screenplay; “Waco: The Rules of Engagement” for best documentary; and “Ponette” for best foreign language film.

Previous STFC grand prize winners include “Pulp Fiction,” “The Usual Suspects” and “Fargo.”

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