Toronto raises glass to ‘Sideways’

Giamatti, Staunton win lead acting honors

TORONTO — “Sideways” has been tapped as 2004’s top film by the Toronto Film Critics Assn., a group of journos representing the Toronto print and electronic media.

“Sideways” stars Paul Giamatti and Virginia Madsen won for actor and supporting actress, respectively.

Helmer Michael Gondry won for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” which netted Charlie Kaufman the nod for screenplay.

Imelda Staunton, star of “Vera Drake,” won female performance, and Clive Owen in “Closer” took the supporting male honor.

Joshua Marston got the nod for first feature for “Maria Full of Grace.”

Top Canuck film of the year and best animated feature was “The Triplets of Belleville,” and Canuck short film “Ryan” from Chris Landreth received a special citation.

“Hero” took the foreign language film nod; “The Fog of War” won for doc.

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