Vegas kudos pay off for ‘Memento,’ ‘Rings’

Acting achievements split among four films

LAS VEGAS — “Memento” earned four awards, including best picture, while “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” received the most acclaim — six kudos — as the Las Vegas Film Critics society announced its selections for 2001.

For the second year running, the acting achievements were split among four films. Guy Pearce took the actor nod for “Memento,” Tilda Swinton won for actress (“The Deep End”), Steve Buscemi received the supporting actor gong (“Ghost World”) and Naomi Watts earned the supporting actress prize (“Mulholland Drive”).

“Memento” nods also went to Christopher Nolan for screenplay and Dody Dorn for film editing.

“The Lord of the Rings” saw Peter Jackson take the director nod and Andrew Lesnie win for cinematography. Howard Shore earned the prize for score, and the song nod went to Enya’s “May It Be.” Fantasy film was also recognized for costume design (Ngila Dickson) and Richard Taylor (visual effects).

Other winners include “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” for family film and “No Man’s Land” for foreign film; newcomer Dakota Fanning nabbed the Youth in Film award for “I Am Sam.” Rick Baker scared up a special achievement award in make-up design for “Planet of the Apes.”

The Las Vegas group bestowed the William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award to Gene Wilder for his four-decade career as an actor and screenwriter. Wilder also founded Gilda’s Club, a nonprofit org dedicated to raising awareness of ovarian cancer.

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