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Toronto crix speak up for ‘Translation’

Canadian film award goes to Cronenberg's 'Spider'

MONTREAL — Writer-director Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” nabbed film and screenplay trophies Wednesday, while star Bill Murray took the actor honor from the Toronto Film Critics Assn.

Coppola tied for screenplay with Montreal writer-director Denys Arcand for “The Barbarian Invasions.”

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Toronto in January.

The other big winners are “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and Toronto auteur David Cronenberg’s “Spider.” “LOTR” helmer Peter Jackson picked up director honors and a special citation for his work on the entire trilogy.

“Spider” star Miranda Richardson garnered the award for supporting actress and, in a surprise decision, “Spider” beat Canuck favorite “Barbarian Invasions” to win Canadian film kudos.

The Toronto critics added two awards in 2003. The animated film prize went to Disney/Pixar’s megahit “Finding Nemo” and the honor for foreign-language film went to “City of God” from Brazilian co-helmers Katia Lund and Fernando Meirelles.

Other winners include Samantha Morton as actress for “Morvern Callar,” Peter Sarsgaard as supporting actor for “Shattered Glass,” “Capturing the Friedmans” for documentary and directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “American Splendor” for first feature.

To be eligible for an award from the Toronto critics, the film must have bowed in the city during the calendar year. The crix’ body comprises 29 journalists from local dailies, weeklies, magazines and electronic media.

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