Capote cleans up

The National Society of Film Critics have bestowed their Best Film award on Bennet Miller’s biopic Capote. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays the title role of the eccentric writer, Truman Capote, also nabbed Best Actor.

The awards have been going for 40 years and are voted for by critics from various US publications. The panel broke the current trend of burying Ang Lee up to his eyebrows in statuettes, when gong-magnet Brokeback Mountain walked away empty handed.

The Best Actress nod went to Reese Witherspoon for her knockout performance as June Carter Cash, in James Mangold’s biopic of Johnny Cash, Walk The Line.

The critics tipped the wink to David Cronenberg as Best Director for A History Of Violence; Hollywood journeyman Ed Harris added to the celebrations after racking up the votes as Best Supporting Actor for his turn in the tense crime drama.

Amy Adams took the plaudits as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in family dramedy Junebug. Adams also wowed the throngs at Sundance last year where she got her hands on the Special Jury Prize. The Best Foreign Language Film honour was given to Fatih Akin’s romantic drama Head-On, a tale of two German Turks who are trying to work their way through a marriage of convenience.

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