×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Boston film crix hail ‘Brokeback,’ ‘Capote’

Hoffman, Witherspoon nab top thesp prizes

BOSTON — “Brokeback Mountain” and “Capote” were the biggest winners in the 24th annual balloting of the Boston Society of Film Critics, announced Sunday.

“Brokeback” and director Ang Lee bested “Munich” and director Stephen Spielberg in the picture and director categories.

“Capote” and “Brokeback” went head to head in the actor category, with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s uncanny portrayal of the author edging out Heath Ledger’s taciturn cowboy.

Reese Witherspoon copped actress honors for “Walk the Line,” besting Keira Knightley in “Pride & Prejudice.”

“Capote’s” Catherine Keener landed the supporting actress nod, winning for three of her four films in 2005. (The 20 voting critics cited “Capote,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “The Ballad of Jack & Rose” but pointedly omitted “The Interpreter.”)

Paul Giamatti’s turn as the feisty boxing manager in summer release “Cinderella Man” landed him the supporting actor nod, putting his perf back on the radar for Oscar voters. He won over Oliver Platt of “Casanova” and “The Ice Harvest.”

In the screenplay category, Dan Futterman’s work on “Capote” was lauded over “Munich,” which went home empty-handed.

Documentary nod went to the well-reviewed “Murderball,” about paraplegic rugby players, with “Grizzly Man” the runner-up.

Joe Wright, director of “Pride & Prejudice,” won the David Brudnoy New Filmmaker Award, named for the late Boston film critic and one of the founding members of the organization.

Wright’s win shut out “Crash” helmer Paul Haggis; the ensemble cast award went to “Syriana,” again beating “Crash.”

Cinematography went to Robert Elswit’s stylish black-and-white work in “Good Night, and Good Luck,” with “Brokeback Mountain’s” Rodrigo Prieto as runner-up. Two Asian films slugged it out for the foreign-language film prize, with over-the-top comedy “Kung Fu Hustle” garnering more votes than the atmospheric “2046.”

More Film

  • Chris Evans attends the "Lobby Hero"

    Chris Evans' Action Film 'The Red Sea Diving Resort' Bought by Netflix

    Netflix has bought global rights, excluding China, to Chris Evans’ action-thriller “The Red Sea Diving Resort” for release later this year. Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michiel Huisman, Greg Kinnear, and Ben Kingsley also star. “The Red Sea Diving Resort” is directed by “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff from his own script. Raff had [...]

  • 'Star Wars Episode IX' Has Officially

    'Star Wars Episode IX' Has Officially Wrapped

    The end is nigh! Filming for “Star Wars Episode IX” has officially wrapped, bringing an end to a franchise that has spanned more than 40 years and eight films. Director J.J. Abrams confirmed the news Friday tweeting, “It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on ‘Episode IX.’ There is no adequate way to thank this [...]

  • Ben Affleck Batman

    Ben Affleck Explains Why He's Done Playing Batman: 'I Couldn't Crack It'

    Ben Affleck is hanging up his cape and saying goodbye to Batman. In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday, the actor explained why he will not be returning as the Caped Crusader in the 2021 film “The Batman,” to be written and directed by Matt Reeves. Affleck is retiring from the role after playing [...]

  • 'Great Bear Rainforest' Review

    Film Review: 'Great Bear Rainforest'

    Imax documentaries take us into the wilderness in ways we could only ever dream of experiencing in person, inviting us to marvel at the majesty of mother nature. Director Ian McAllister’s “Great Bear Rainforest” journeys deep into a remote, relatively untouched landscape where crystal clear lakes mirror the mountains and misty, mossy cedar forests tower [...]

  • Seu Jorge, director Wagner Moura, Bella

    Makers of Berlin Competition Title 'Marighella' Worry About Distribution at Home

    Worried that growing political tension in Brazil may hamper the domestic release of “Marighella,” Wagner Moura’s directorial debut about a leftist revolutionary, the movie’s producers may seek to crowd-fund its distribution independently. “We are going to fight for it,” producer Andrea Barata Ribeiro said ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Berlinale on Friday. [...]

  • Isle of Dogs

    ‘Isle of Dogs’ Called for a Thousand Sophisticated Puppets

    Andy Gent says it was clear as soon as he read Wes Anderson’s script for “Isle of Dogs” that the project was very ambitious. It just took a while to understand exactly how ambitious. For example, it was originally estimated the animated movie would require between 300 and 400 puppets, the same number needed for [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content