Hometown favorite “Hoop Dreams” was named 1994’s best picture by the Chicago Film Critics.
The seventh annual presentation also scored coups March 13 with appearances by Tom Hanks and Jennifer Jason Leigh, winners of the event’s Chicago Flame for their performances in “Forrest Gump” and “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,” respectively. Also attending was supporting actor winner Martin Landau of “Ed Wood.”
Tim Burton’s bio of the acclaimed bad director also scored with Windy City crix for Stefan Czapsky’s cinematography.
Other acting awards went to Dianne Wiest in the supporting category for “Bullets Over Broadway” with most promising citations to Hugh Grant (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Sirens”) and Kirsten Dunst (“Interview With the Vampire,” “Little Women”). Director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colors” trilogy – “Blue,” “White” and “Red” – was named in the best foreign film category.
Quentin Tarantino was cited in two categories, for his direction and as co-scripter with Roger Avary of “Pulp Fiction.”
The musical score Flame went to Hans Zimmer for “The Lion King.” Actor William Petersen, co-founder of Chi’s Remains Theatre Ensemble, received the Commitment to Chicago Award.