A day after the Golden Globe nominations, the race continued to widen as the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced its picks for the best of the year. Most of them anyway.
While the group named its picks for the Top 10 movies of 1999, it won't reveal the No. 1 film until its awards luncheon Jan. 24 in Beverly Hills. Competing for the title of best film (in alphabetical order): "American Beauty," "Being John Malkovich," "The Cider House Rules," "The Green Mile," "The Insider," "Magnolia," "Man on the Moon," "The Sixth Sense," "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Three Kings."
In the other categories, meanwhile, the broadcast critics were more forthcoming with their picks. Russell Crowe and Hilary Swank continued their winning streaks, picking up best actor and best actress accolades for "The Insider" and "Boys Don't Cry," respectively. Crowe and Swank, who have earned Golden Globe nominees and won numerous critics awards, are emerging as front-runners for the Academy Awards.
The supporting-category winners are also Golden Globe nominees picking up their first awards of the year: Michael Clarke Duncan, who garnered raves as a death-row inmate with healing powers in "The Green Mile," was named best supporting actor. Angelina Jolie, who plays a sociopath in "Girl, Interrupted," was named best supporting actress.
Broadway director Sam Mendes was named best director for Golden Globe favorite "American Beauty," the dark suburban satire starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening. Additionally, Alan Ball's script was honored as best original screenplay. "American Beauty" is the lead film going into the Globes with six nominations.
Haley Joel Osment, the 11-year-old wunderkind from "The Sixth Sense," picked up the award for best child performer. (At the Globes, he's a supporting actor nominee.) Spike Jonze, who directed the head-trippy "Being John Malkovich" and acted in David O. Russell's "Three Kings," picked up the award for breakthrough performer.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association, formed in 1995, is comprised of television, radio and online movie reviewers. It's the nation's largest film-critics group.
Here's a complete rundown of the 5th annual broadcast film critics' selections:
Best picture (nominees): "American Beauty" "Being John Malkovich" "The Cider House Rules" "The Green Mile" "The Insider" "Magnolia" "Man on the Moon" "The Sixth Sense" "The Talented Mr. Ripley" "Three Kings"
Best actor: Russell Crowe ("The Insider") Best actress: Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry") Best supporting actor: Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Green Mile") Best supporting actress: Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted") Best director: Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") Best original screenplay: Alan Ball ("American Beauty") Best screenplay adaptation: Frank Darabont ("The Green Mile") Breakthrough performer: Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich" and "Three Kings") Best child performer: Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense") Best animated feature: "Toy Story 2" Best family film (live action): "October Sky" Best TV movie (tie): "RKO 281" (HBO) and "Tuesdays with Morrie" (ABC) Best foreign language film: "All About My Mother" (Spain) Best feature documentary: "Buena Vista Social Club" Best song: "Music of My Heart" (from "Music of the Heart") Best score: Gabriel Yared (for "The Talented Mr. Ripley")