Broadcast Films Critics Association

Wealth is spread as BFCA announces slate of bests for 1997

The wealth was spread around Monday as the Broadcast Films Critics Assn. announced its slate of bests for 1997. The 123-member national organization of television, radio and Internet reviewers doled out honors in 13 of its 14 categories, including acting prizes for Jack Nicholson in “As Good As it Gets,” Helena Bonham Carter for “The Wings of the Dove” and to director James Cameron for “Titanic.”

The 2-year-old group will unveil its best picture winner Jan. 19 at its awards luncheon. It will be chosen from among the group’s top 10, made up of “Amistad,” “As Good As it Gets,” “Boogie Nights,” “Donnie Brasco,” “The Full Monty,” “Good Will Hunting,” “L.A. Confidential,” “Titanic,” “Wag the Dog” and “The Wings of the Dove.”

The BFCA winners echoed the previously released prize slates of several critics orgs, including the New York and Los Angeles reviewers. New York supporting actress winner Joan Cusack was honored for “In & Out” and Curtis Hanson and Brian Hegeland’s script based on James Elroy’s “L.A. Confidential” — prized by both groups — was cited for adapted screenplay. The original script nod went to “Good Will Hunting” by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the latter also named as “breakthrough” performer for that film — the only multiple winner among the announcements.

Additional prizes were given to Anthony Hopkins for his supporting role in “Amistad” and to Jurnee Smollett of “Eve’s Bayou” as best child performer. “Anastasia” was named in the family film category; Spike Lee’s “4 Little Girls” took the documentary prize and the foreign film selection was given to Japan’s “Shall We Dance?” HBO’s “Don King: Only in America” was cited in the new category of television feature.

The organization will announce its career achievement prize early in 1998.

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