"Broadcast News" swept the New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Thursday. The James L. Brooks satirical film about the current state of television news reporting was picked best picture of 1987, and two of its actors took top honors. Brooks also won for best director and best screenwriter for his work on the film.
The New York critics voted Jack Nicholson best actor of the year for his starring roles in "The Witches of Eastwick" and "Ironweed" and for his cameo appearance as a network anchorman in "Broadcast News." Actor Michael Douglas placed second in the same category for his role in "Wall Street."
Voted best actress was Holly Hunter, a relative newcomer, for her starring role as a TV news producer in "Broadcast News." Her only previous major-film role was in the 1986 comedy "Raising Arizona." Placing second was Christine Lahti for her role in "Housekeeping."
John Huston's film adaptation of James Joyce's "The Dead" finished second in the best picture category, and Huston, who died this year at 81, was runner-up to Brooks for best director.