BOSTON — The Boston Society of Film Critics gave multiple awards to the locally shot “Mystic River,” docu “Capturing the Friedmans” and the quirky “Lost in Translation” in its annual balloting Sunday.
“Mystic River” was named best picture, edging out “Lost in Translation” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” It also received an award for ensemble cast, the first time the Boston critics bestowed that honor, favoring it over “A Mighty Wind.” The two kudos were the only ones to go to a major studio release.
“Capturing the Friedmans,” the story of a Long Island family facing child molestation charges against the father and son, took docu kudos in one of the most competitive fields in recent memory. It won over runner-up “The Fog of War,” from Errol Morris.
“Friedman” director Andrew Jarecki took the new filmmaker nod, winning over Sylvain Chomet, director of “The Triplets of Belleville.” Latter, a French/Belgian/Canadian animated co-production that features very little dialogue, received the foreign-language film prize over the French/Brazilian co-production “City of God.”
“Lost in Translation” picked up three awards, with Sofia Coppola taking director honors over Peter Jackson for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” “Translation” stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson snagged the top acting prizes. Peter Sarsgaard took the supporting actor nod for “Shattered Glass.” Patricia Clarkson’s portrayal of two very different troubled wives in “Pieces of April” and “The Station Agent” earned her the supporting actress nod, with the critics voting to cite her for both films.