Boston critics cite ‘Sight,’ ‘General’

Aside from cinematography nod, 'Ryan' shut out

BOSTON — Crime paid big as the Boston Society of Film Critics showered “Out of Sight” and “The General” with multiple awards at a gathering marked by a number of unconventional choices.

“Out of Sight” bested “The General” and “Saving Private Ryan” for best picture, while “The General’s” John Boorman was voted best director.

Brendan Gleeson was named best actor for two gangster roles, in “The General” and “I Went Down.” Scott Frank won the second award for “Out of Sight,” for best screenplay.

The surprise winner for best actress was Samantha Morton in “Under the Skin.”

“Under the Skin” director Carine Adler was cited as best new filmmaker.

In the other acting categories, best supporting actor honors were won by Billy Bob Thornton for “A Simple Plan” and William H. Macy for his 1998 body of work (“Pleasantville,” “Psycho” and “A Civil Action”). Joan Allen won best supporting actress for “Pleasantville.”

“Saving Private Ryan” was shut out of all categories except cinematography, where kudos went to Janusz Kaminski.

Best foreign language film went to “Taste of Cherry” from Iran.

The documentary honors were won by Michael Moore’s “The Big One,” which edged out “Dear Jesse” and “Theme: Murder.”

Other awards included:

Rediscoveries/Discoveries: “Nights of Cabria,” “Child of Manhattan,” “Les Vampires,” “Touch of Evil,” “The Young Girls of Rochefort.”

Film Series: “Britain’s Alan Bennett: The Poet of Embarrassment” (Museum of Fine Arts); “Forbidden Hollywood: Columbia Before the Code” (Brattle Theater); “Sweetheart: The Films of Mary Pickford” (Brattle Theater); “Pigs, Pimps, and Pornographers: The Films of Shohei Imamura” (Museum of Fine Arts); “Olivier Assayas Retrospective” (Harvard Film Archive).