“Sideways” won the top prize at Monday night’s 10th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, and the Fox Searchlight pic also won for ensemble acting.
Actor and actress trophies went to Jamie Foxx from “Ray” and Hilary Swank from “Million Dollar Baby”; Virginia Madsen was honored as supporting actress for her work in “Sideways” and co-star Thomas Haden Church was named supporting actor.
Martin Scorsese was tapped top director for “The Aviator.”
“Sideways” scripters Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor took home the writing hardware.
The night also belonged to Hollywood’s younger talent. Freddie Highmore (“Finding Neverland”) was named young actor, while “The Phantom of the Opera” thesp Emmy Rossum took home the award for young actress.
Animated feature went to the blockbuster “The Incredibles.” “Finding Neverland” walked away with family film.
As for TV, the made-for award was handed to “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.” On a lighter note, “Spider-Man 2” was named popular movie of the year.
Spanish pic “The Sea Inside” took the foreign lingo film award, and documentary feature went to Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart took home the song kudo for “Old Habits Die Hard” from “Alfie.” Soundtrack was given to “Ray,” while Howard Shore was the top composer for “The Aviator.”
Tom Cruise was presented with the Distinguished Career Achievement in Performing Arts Award by his “Collateral” co-star Jada Pinkett Smith.
“There’s a heck of a lot of talent in this room and it’s pretty magnificent from where I’m standing,” Cruise said in his acceptance speech. “We’ve shared a lot of life and a lot of memories.”
Winners were selected by the 194 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest film critics organization in the U.S. and Canada, representing television, radio and online critics.
Erick McCormack hosted at the Wiltern.