Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Brokeback Mountain' Is Tops with Regional Critics' Groups

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Brokeback Mountain' Is Tops with Regional Critics' Groups

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Byline: Matt Soergel

A couple of the regional critics' groups that I belong to have spoken, forcefully, about the top movie of the year, but you'll have to take their word for it -- for now.

Both the Florida Film Critics Circle and the Southeastern Film Critics Association picked Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, a drama with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as gay Wyoming cowboys, as the best movie of the year.

Across much of the region, though, the film hasn't even shown up in theaters (critics got to see special screenings or DVD copies of the movie, in hopes of awards just such as these).

Focus Features, distributor of the film, is taking a slow and steady approach to Brokeback Mountain, opening it in a few big markets first, then gradually letting it be seen out in the movie hinterlands -- after the buzz has grown.

As of earlier this week, there was still no word on when it will make it to Jacksonville. Get frustrated, sure, but don't despair: It will get to town, probably within the next few weeks.

Here are the regional critics' groups awards, by the way. First are those from the Florida groups, a collection of 14 critics led by the estimable Phoebe Flowers from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (www.floridafilmcriticscircle.org).

Winners are listed, with runners-up in parentheses.

Best Picture: Brokeback Mountain (Match Point and Good Night, and Good Luck).

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain (George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Woody Allen, Match Point).

Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote (Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain).

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line (Felicity Huffman, Transamerica).

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man (George Clooney, Syriana).

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, Junebug (Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain)

Best Screenplay: Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain (Crash and Capote.)

Best Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto, Brokeback Mountain (Sin City).

Best Foreign Film: Kung Fu Hustle (2046 and Cache).

Best Animated Film: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Tim Burton's Corpse Bride). …

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