‘Mountain’ tops 2 more crix’ lists

San Diego picks 'Kong'; D.C. orgs laud 'Munich'

Critics’ orgs in Las Vegas and Dallas-Fort Worth added to the “Brokeback Mountain” awards haul Monday, each naming the Focus Features pic the year’s best film.

Both groups also recognized “Brokeback” helmer Ang Lee as director of the year.

San Diego crix showed a more commercial bent by picking Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” as the year’s best pic. But they had an arty side as well, choosing “Capote’s” Bennett Miller as top helmer over Jackson.

Vegas critics bestowed actor honors on “Brokeback’s” Heath Ledger, with Reese Witherspoon taking the actress nod for her perf in Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line.”

Matt Dillon in “Crash” and Frances McDormand in “North Country” drew the supporting thesp prizes.

Docu nod went to “March of the Penguins,” foreign feature to martial arts epic “Kung Fu Hustle.”

Dallas-Fort Worth critics liked Philip Seymour Hoffman’s perf in “Capote” best and honored Felicity Huffman in “Transamerica” for actress, Dillon in “Crash” for supporting actor and Catherine Keener in “Capote” for supporting actress.

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Texas group recognized “Murderball” for docu and “Paradise Now” for import.

In the major acting categories, San Diego crix also dug Hoffman and “The Upside of Anger’s” Joan Allen.

San Diego crix took a left turn with their supporting picks, tapping Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener”) and Jeffrey Wright (“Broken Flowers”). Their foreign film prize went to “Innocent Voices,” with “Grizzly Man” taking the docu trophy.

In the screenplay category, Vegas film buffs chose Paul Haggis’ and Bobby Moresco’s “Crash” as tops, while the Dallas-Fort Worth crowd liked Larry McMurtry’s and Diana Ossana’s “Brokeback.”

San Diego crix, again going their own way, chose Shane Black’s “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” for the original screenplay prize, and “Capote” for adapted.

Vegas and Dallas crix all picked claymation whiz Nick Park’s “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” for animated feature. San Diego crix preferred Japanese import “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

Last week, Washington, D.C., film critics lauded “Munich” as top film and Steven Spielberg as top helmer for the project. They also liked Hoffman and Witherspoon in the lead acting categories.

In the supporting categories, the Beltway crowd gave Amy Adams their seal of approval for her perf in “Junebug” and handed Paul Giamatti a left-field win for “Cinderella Man.”

They also picked Dan Futterman’s “Capote” for adapted screenplay and “Crash” for original.

“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” got the docu nod and “Kung Fu Hustle” took their foreign prize.

(Barbara Scherzer in Las Vegas contributed to this report.)

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