The Oscar race was kicked up a notch last week with the announcement of the 2001 Broadcast Film Critics’ Association Awards, held Jan. 11 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
A Beautiful Mind walked away with the top honors, receiving awards for best movie, best actor (Russell Crowe), best supporting actress (Jennifer Connelly) and best director (Ron Howard, who tied with Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann).
Established in 1995, the Broadcast Film Critics Association represents 163 television, radio and online critics in the United States and Canada. The organization presents its Critics’ Choice Awards each year to honor the finest achievements in filmmaking.
For those of you keeping track, here’s the final tally:
BFCA winners for 2001
Best Picture: A Beautiful Mind
Best Acting Ensemble: Gosford Park
Best Young Actor/Actress: Dakota Fanning – I Am Sam
Best Animated Feature: Shrek
Best Family Film (live action): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Best Picture Made for Television: Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows
Best Actor in a Picture Made for Television: James Franco – James Dean
Best Actress in a Picture Made for Television: Judy Davis – Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows
Best Foreign Language Film: Amelie