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Las Vegas critics fete ‘Erin,’ ‘Gladiator’

Rush, Burstyn garner thesp honors

LAS VEGAS — “Erin Brockovich” nabbed two of the top awards, best picture and best director for Steven Soderbergh, while “Gladiator” was the most honored pix — five mentions — as the Las Vegas Film Critics society announced its 2000 award winners.

The best acting prizes were divided between four films. Geoffrey Rush was named best actor for “Quills,” Ellen Burstyn was best actress for “Requiem for a Dream,” Kate Hudson received the best supporting actress nod for “Almost Famous,” while Benicio Del Toro took the best supporting actor prize for “Traffic.”

“Gladiator” grabbed best film editing kudos for Pietro Scalia, best score for Hans Zimmer, best costume design Janty Yates, best visual effects, and best DVD (DreamWorks Home Video).

Others honored were Susannah Grant and Richard LaGravanese (“Erin Brockovich”) for their best original screenplay, Roger Deakins for best cinematography of “O Brother, Where art Thou?,” best foreign film for “Girl on the Bridge” and best family film, the feature-length animated “Chicken Run.”

Best male newcomer was Rob Brown for “Finding Forrester.” Best female newcomer resulted in a tie between writer/director Karyn Kusama and actress Michelle Rodriguez, both for “Girlfight.”

The Las Vegas org is giving William Goldman the second William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award. Goldman was recognized for his more than 40-year career as a screenwriter and author.

An award ceremony is skedded for Feb. 23 in Las Vegas.

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