Canuck helmer David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence” and Truman Capote biopic “Capote” nabbed three prizes apiece from the Toronto Film Critics Assn. on Tuesday.
“Violence” took film and Canadian film honors, while Toronto-based Cronenberg drew helmer laurels.
Philip Seymour Hoffman received the actor nod for his portrayal of the author in “Capote,” Catherine Keener won as supporting actress for the same film and the Bennett Miller-directed pic drew the first feature prize.
“Violence” generated controversy last week after it was included in the list of the top 10 Canadian films of the year compiled by the Toronto Intl. Film Festival Group.
“Violence,” which was shot in and around Toronto, is a U.S. film fully financed by New Line Cinema starring non-Canadian thesps and based on an American script. It was listed as an American film at the Toronto Film Festival.
“The feeling was that even though it is a 100% U.S. production in terms of financing, Cronenberg is a major Canadian filmmaker who has a unique vision,” said Toronto Sun film critic Bruce Kirkland, prexy of the Toronto Film Critics Assn. “He always brings his Canadian sensibility to everything he does. This is as Canadian as any film he’s ever done.”
Actress award went to Laura Linney for “The Squid and the Whale,” which also took screenplay honors for Noah Baumbach.
Paul Giamatti won as supporting actor for “Cinderella Man.”
Nick Park and Steve Box’s “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” took animated feature; Chinese helmer Zhang Ke Jia’s “The World” won for foreign-language film and Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man” for documentary feature.
The Toronto critics awarded a special citation to Andy Serkis “for his unprecedented work in helping to realize the main character in ‘King Kong.’ ”
The Clyde Gilmour Award, named after the late Canadian film critic, went to film historian, author and academic Robin Wood.
Awards will be handed out at a gala dinner in Toronto on a date in January to be announced.