NEW YORK — The calendar said 1997, but it might have been '77. Or even '67: Peter Fonda, Julie Christie and Burt Reynolds, performers probably best known for their work of two or three decades ago, were chosen best actor, best actress and best supporting actor Thursday by the New York Film Critics Circle, which also honored the noirish "L.A. Confidential" with awards for best picture, best director and best screenplay.
The Critics Circle, whose 63rd annual awards dinner will be held Jan. 4, met at the Algonquin Hotel, and also selected Joan Cusack ("In & Out") as best supporting actress, "Ponette" as best foreign film, Errol Morris' "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control" as best nonfiction film and Neil Labute's "In the Company of Men" as best first film. "Kundun," Martin Scorsese's upcoming film about the Dalai Lama, was honored for the cinematography of Roger Deakins.
Fonda, whose performance in Victor Nunez's "Ulee's Gold" has been praised as the comeback of the year, and Christie, who plays a woman on the edge in Alan Rudolph's yet-to-be-released "Afterglow," edged out some tough competition. They included Ian Holm ("The Sweet Hereafter"), Robert Duvall (the upcoming "The Apostle"), Helena Bonham Carter ("The Wings of the Dove") and Judi Dench ("Mrs. Brown").