Chi Crix laud ‘Famous,’ ‘Tiger’

Hanks, Burstyn, Del Toro take home thesp nods

Oscar hopefuls “Almost Famous” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” each earned four awards at the 13th annual Chicago Film Critics Awards, held at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Monday.

DreamWorks’ “Almost Famous” took home best picture, screenplay and supporting actress (Frances McDormand) trophies as well as the most promising actor (Patrick Fugit) nod. Sony Pictures Classics’ “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” won for foreign-language film, cinematography, original score and most promising actress (Zhang Ziyi).

Tom Hanks earned the actor nod for “Cast Away,” Ellen Bustyn took actress honors for “Requiem for a Dream,” and Benicio Del Toro won supporting actor for “Traffic.”

Other winners include “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” and “The Filth and the Fury” (tie for documentary) and Steven Soderbergh (director, “Traffic”).

The Commitment to Chicago Award went to Bonnie Hunt for her dedication to the city’s film community, while the Big Shoulders Award went to the Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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