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Dallas crix pick ‘Traffic’

Foreign-language, camera kudos for 'Crouching Tiger'

In its seventh annual poll, the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Assn. voted USA’s “Traffic” the best film of 2000. Pic’s helmer Steven Soderbergh was voted best director.

Runner-up for film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” also received nods from the association for best foreign-language film and best cinematography (Peter Pau).

Russell Crowe was named best actor for “Gladiator,” while Laura Linney took the actress nod for “You Can Count On Me.”

Albert Finney received supporting actor kudos for “Erin Brockovich, and Kate Hudson was named best supporting actress for “Almost Famous.”

“Chicken Run” took best animated film, while “Battlefield Earth” was voted the worst film of the year.

“You Can Count on Me” won the Russell Smith Award, named for the late Dallas Morning News film critic. The honor is given annually to the best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film.

Rounding out the list of the association’s top 10 films of the year, in order, were “Gladiator,””O Brother, Where Art Thou?””Almost Famous,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Chicken Run,””Wonder Boys,” “Finding Forrester” and “You Can Count on Me.”

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