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Boston crix nix most U.S. pix; ‘Night,’ ‘Flynt’ score

BOSTON – The annual convening of the Boston Society of Film Critics found a group unimpressed with current American fare, granting only two awards for mainstream Hollywood product, both for supporting performances in “The People vs. Larry Flynt.” Courtney Love edged out Joan Allen in “The Crucible” while Edward Norton was recognized for “Flynt” as well as his work in “Primal Fear” and “Everyone Says I Love You.”

The only other American film to win was the indie “Big Night,” which beat out “Trainspotting” for screenplay for Stanley Tucci and Joseph Tropiano. It also won for new director – the first time the award has been given – awarded to Tucci and Campbell Scott. Billy Bob Thornton, who helmed “Sling Blade,” was the runner-up.

Pic of the year was “Trainspotting,” which edged out “Fargo” after several ballots. “Secrets and Lies” snagged director honors for Mike Leigh and actress for Brenda Blethyn, beating out “Breaking the Waves” in each category. The Lars von Trier film starring Emily Wilson was shut out altogether when Robby Muller lost cinematography to John Seale and “The English Patient.”

The actor award went to Geoffrey Rush of “Shine,” edging out Denzel Washington for “Courage Under Fire,” while “Ma Saison Preferee” got the nod for foreign-language film over “Ridicule.” At least one joking vote was cast for “Fargo” in the latter category.

Docu honors went to Oscar-winner “Anne Frank Remembered” over “Gate of Heavenly Peace.”

In other action, the society named Daily Variety Boston correspondent Daniel M. Kimmel as its new president. It also cited “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “Having a Wild Weekend,” “Vertigo” and “Purple Noon” as the discoveries/revivals of 1996.