The Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out its eighth annual Critics' Choice Awards Friday, and Chicago was the night's big winner.
The musical was honored for best picture and best ensemble acting, while Catherine Zeta-Jones took home the best supporting actress award.
Chicago's star, however, Renee Zellweger, was passed over for best actress. The BFCA instead honored Julianne Moore for her role in the 1950s melodrama Far From Heaven.
On the men's side, Gangs of New York star Daniel Day-Lewis and About Schmidt's Jack Nicholson tied in the best actor category. Chris Cooper won best supporting actor for Adaptation.
Veteran Steven Spielberg received the best director award for Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can.
The 187-member BFCA is made up of television, radio and online critics from the U.S. and Canada. In the past two years, 78 percent of the BFCA's nominees also become Academy Award contenders.
The BFCA traditionally nominates 10 films for best picture, creating a National Critics' 10 Best List. There are three nominees--or four in the case of a tie--in each of the 16 other categories.
Here is a complete list of winners:
Catch Me If You Can
Far From Heaven
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Road to Perdition
Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York Winner! (TIE)
Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt Winner! (TIE)
Robin Williams, One Hour Photo
Salma Hayek, Frida
Nicole Kidman, The Hours
Diane Lane, Unfaithful
Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven Winner!
Best Supporting Actor
Chris Cooper, Adaptation Winner!
Alfred Molina, Frida
Paul Newman, Road to Perdition
Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, About Schmidt
Meryl Streep, Adaptation
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago Winner!
Best Acting Ensemble
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Roman Polanski, The Pianist
Martin Scorsese, Gangs of New York
Steven Spielberg, Catch Me If You Can/Minority Report Winner!
Charlie Kaufman, Adaptation/Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Winner!
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, About Schmidt
Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Best Young Actor/Actress
Kieran Culkin, Igby Goes Down Winner!
Tyler Hoechlin, Road to Perdition
Nicholas Hoult, About a Boy
Best Digital Acting Performance
Dobby, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Gollum, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Winner!
Yoda, Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones
Best Animated Feature
Lilo and Stitch
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirited Away Winner!
Best Family Film (Live Action)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Winner!
Best Picture Made for Television
Door to Door Winner!
Live From Baghdad
Martin and Lewis
Best Foreign Language Film
Talk to Her
Y Tu Mama Tambien Winner!
Bowling for Columbine Winner!
The Kid Stays in the Picture
Standing in the Shadows of Motown
"Father and Daughter" from The Wild Thornberrys Movie, Paul Simon
"Hero" from Spider-Man, Chad Kroeger
"Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile, Eminem Winner!
Philip Glass, The Hours
Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
John Williams, Catch Me If You Can/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets/Minority Report Winner!
The Broadcast Film Critics Association, which includes television, radio and online reviewers, announced their film nominations for 2002, with About Schmidt and Adaptation each receiving four nods.
About Schmidt, a quirky slice of Americana, was nominated for best film, with stars Jack Nicholson getting a nod for best actor and Kathy Bates for best supporting actress. Director/co-writer Alexander Payne and his partner Jim Taylor also received a nomination for best screenplay. Schmidt was also chosen by the L.A. Film Critics as best film of the year.
Best film nominee Adaptation, a unique inside look at Hollywood, also received nominations for best supporting actress (Meryl Streep), supporting actor (Chris Cooper) and writer (Charlie Kaufman, who was also nominated for his Confessions of a Dangerous Mind script).
Rounding out the BFCA's nominations for best film included Catch Me If You Can, Chicago, Far From Heaven, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist and Road to Perdition.
Joining Nicholson on the list was Daniel Day-Lewis for Gangs of New York and Robin Williams for One Hour Photo, while the best actress contenders included Salma Hayek for Frida, Nicole Kidman for The Hours, Diane Lane for Unfaithful,and Julianne Moore for Far From Heaven.
Other supporting nominees included Alfred Molina for Frida, Paul Newman for Road to Perdition and Catherine Zeta-Jones for Chicago.
The directing nods went to Roman Polanski for The Pianist, Martin Scorsese for Gangs of New York and Steven Spielberg for Catch Me If You Can and Minority Report.
The BFCA will hand out their awards Jan. 17.
Steven Soderbergh's crime-drama "The Limey" and Alexander Payne's high school satire "Election" led the pack of (relatively) low-budget, high-expectation projects as nominations were announced Wednesday for the 15th Annual Independent Spirit Awards, honoring, yes, indie film.
"The Limey" and "Election" received a field-best five nominations each. Hollywood blockbusters such as "Toy Story 2" and "The Green Mile" received zippo. (They're not indies.)
With the studio heavyweights excluded, a variety of films that failed to garner tremendous box office during the 1999 film season found redemption as the Spirit nominations were handed down. David Lynch's "The Straight Story", a simple yet powerful film about an aging man's trek across country on his lawn mower, earned four nominations. Kimberly Peirce's controversial "Boys Don't Cry" also received four nods -- including ones for best lead actress (Hilary Swank) and best supporting female (Chloe Sevigny).
The five films slated to do battle in the main best-picture event are: Payne's "Election," Soderbergh's "The Limey," Lynch's "The Straight Story," Allison Anders and Kurt Voss' "Sugar Town", and Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune".
Awards will be handed out in Santa Monica on March 25 -- the day before the Oscars. The Spirits are sponsored by the Independent Feature Project/West.
The following is the complete list of nominations for the 15th annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards:
BEST FEATURE "Election" "The Straight Story" "The Limey" "Cookie's Fortune" "Sugar Town"
BEST FEMALE LEAD Diane Lane, "Walk on the Moon" Janet McTeer, "Tumbleweeds" Hilary Swank, "Boys Don't Cry" Susan Traylor, "Valerie Flake" Reese Witherspoon, "Election"
BEST MALE LEAD John Cusack, "Being John Malkovich" Richard Farnsworth, "The Straight Story" Terence Stamp, "The Limey" David Strathairn, "Limbo" Noble Willingham, "The Corndog Man"
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Barbara Barrie, "Judy Berlin" Vanessa Martinez, "Limbo" Sarah Polley, "Go" Chloe Sevigny, "Boys Don't Cry" Jean Smart, "Guinevere"
BEST SUPPORTING MALE Charles S. Dutton, "Cookie's Fortune" Luis Guzman, "The Limey" Terrence Howard, "The Best Man" Clark Gregg, "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" Steve Zahn, "Happy, Texas"
BEST DIRECTOR Alexander Payne, "Election" Harmony Korine, "julien donkey-boy" Steven Soderbergh, "The Limey" David Lynch, "The Straight Story" Doug Liman, "Go"
BEST SCREENPLAY Kevin Smith, "Dogma" Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, "Election" Audrey Wells, "Guinevere" Lem Dobbs, "The Limey" James Merendino, "SLC Punk!"
BEST FIRST FEATURE ($500,000-plus budget) "Being John Malkovich" "Three Seasons" "Boys Don't Cry" "Twin Falls Idaho" "Xiu Xiu the Sent Down Girl"
BEST FIRST FEATURE (less than $500,000 budget) "The Blair Witch Project" "La Ciudad" "Compensation" "Judy Berlin" "Treasure Island"
BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE Kimberly J. Brown, "Tumbleweeds" Jessica Campbell, "Election" Jade Gordon, "Sugar Town" Toby Smith, "Drylongso" Chris Stafford, "Edge of Seventeen"
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Tod Williams, "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" Charlie Kaufman, "Being John Malkovich" Kimberly Peirce and Andy Bienen, "Boys Don't Cry" Anne Rapp, "Cookie's Fortune" John Roach and Mary Sweeney, "The Straight Story"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER M. David Mullen, "Twin Falls Idaho" Lisa Rinzler, "Three Seasons" Anthony Dod Mantle, "julien donkey-boy" Jeffrey Seckendorf, "Judy Berlin" Harlan Bosmajian, "La Ciudad"
BEST FOREIGN FILM "All About My Mother" (Spain) "Run Lola Run" (Germany) "My Son the Fanatic" (England) "Topsy-Turvy" (England) "Rosetta" (Belgium-France)
DLJ DIRECT TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD (for documentaries) Owsley Brown, "Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles" Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgan, "On the Ropes" Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson, "Well Founded Fear" Rory Kennedy, "American Hollow"
MOVADO SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD (for new directors) Dan Clark, "The Item" Julian Goldberger, "Trans" Lisanne Skyler, "Getting to Know You" Cauleen Smith, "Drylongso"
MOTOROLA PRODUCERS AWARD Pam Koffler, "I'm Losing You" and "Office Killer" Eva Kolodner, "Boys Don't Cry" and "Hide and Seek" Paul Mezey, "La Ciudad" Christine Walker, "Backroads" and "Homo Heights"