Chicago crix bless ‘Crash’

Critics give nods to Hoffman in 'Capote,' Allen in 'Anger'

NEW YORK — Gaining some momentum after nabbing major noms last week from both the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, “Crash,” the racially charged ensemble drama by Paul Haggis, was picked as the year’s best film by the Chicago Film Critics Assn.

Pic edged out “Brokeback Mountain” and “Good Night, and Good Luck” to take the top prize, also drawing screenplay honors from the Windy City critics. Distribbed by Lionsgate, “Crash” was co-penned by Haggis and Bobby Moresco.

David Cronenberg drew the helmer nod for “A History of Violence.”

In the actor category, the Chicago critics liked Philip Seymour Hoffman in the literary biopic “Capote.” They picked Joan Allen as the year’s best actress for her role in “The Upside of Anger.”

In the supporting categories, Maria Bello (“Violence”) and Mickey Rourke (“Sin City”) led the pack.

“Capote” helmer Bennett Miller was named as the year’s most promising director, and Miranda July (“Me and You and Everyone We Know”) most promising performer.

Michael Haneke’s “Cache” (“Hidden”) took foreign pic, Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man” the docu nod.

Ang Lee’s “Brokeback” didn’t walk away empty-handed from Chicago: Pic took score and cinematography kudos.

The winners were announced by CFCA prexy Dann Gire.

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