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'Bedroom' Is Top Pick of L.A. Film Critics

Awards: David Lynch wins best director award; Sissy Spacek and Denzel Washington take acting honors.

December 16, 2001|SUSAN KING | TIMES STAFF WRITER

"In the Bedroom," Todd Field's intimate drama about a family in crisis, was voted best picture of 2001 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.

David Lynch's mystery thriller, "Mulholland Dr.," was the runner-up.

"In the Bedroom" was the big winner Saturday with two awards. Sissy Spacek also won the best actress honor for her role as a happily married woman whose life is beset by a tragedy.

This is Spacek's second critics' award for "In the Bedroom." She received the New York Film Critics Circle honor Thursday.

She previously won the Los Angeles critics' best actress award for 1980's "Coal Miner's Daughter."

Denzel Washington was named best actor for "Training Day," in which he played a volatile and crooked Los Angeles narcotics detective. He is the first African American actor to win the L.A. film critics award in this category. Runner-up was Tom Wilkinson for "In the Bedroom."

In the best actress contest, Naomi Watts was the runner-up for "Mulholland Dr."

Lynch won the best director award for that movie. On Thursday, the New York Film Critics Circle named it the best of 2001.

This is the second time Lynch has been named best director by the L.A. organization. He won for 1986's "Blue Velvet."

Runner-up for best director was Robert Altman for "Gosford Park."

As with the New York group, the majority of awards given by the Los Angeles critics went to independent features. The group ignored such highly touted big studio films such as "A Beautiful Mind," "Black Hawk Down" and "Ali."

Kate Winslet won the best supporting actress award for her role as the young Iris Murdoch in "Iris." Helen Mirren was the runner-up for her roles in "Last Orders" and "Gosford Park."

Jim Broadbent received best supporting actor honors for playing Murdoch's husband in "Iris" and the nightclub owner in "Moulin Rouge." Ben Kingsley was the runner-up for "Sexy Beast."

Christopher Nolan earned the best screenplay award for his unique murder mystery "Memento." Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes were runners-up for "Ghost World."

Danis Tanovic's dark Bosnian comedy, "No Man's Land," took the best foreign film honors. Kar-wai Wong's "In the Mood for Love" was the runner-up.

Last year, the L.A. critics chose "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" as best film. It was later nominated for the best film Oscar and won four Academy Awards, including best foreign language film.

Other winners:

Cinematographer: Roger Deakins, "The Man Who Wasn't There"; runners-up: Christopher Doyle and Pin Bing Lee, "In the Mood for Love."

Production design: Catherine Martin, "Moulin Rouge"; runner-up: Grant Major, "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

Animation: "Shrek"; runner-up: "Monsters, Inc."

Music/score: Howard Shore, "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"; runner-up: Stephen Trask, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

Documentary/nonfiction: "The Gleaners and I," Agnes Varda.

Independent/experimental: "The Beaver Trilogy," Trent Harris.

New Generation Award: John Cameron Mitchell, star, writer and director of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

Career Achievement: Ennio Morricone.

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