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New York Loves 'Traffic,' Hanks

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

Not bad for a little film that came out of nowhere -- and another ensemble film that has yet to have a wide release.

The critical favorite and hardly seen "You Can Count on Me" and director Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" were among the winners of the 2000 New York Film Critics Circle Awards announced today.

"You Can Count on Me" garnered a best actress nod for Laura Linney and took best screenplay for scribe Ken Longergan.

Soderbergh continued his winning streak with another best director nod for his films "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic," with the drug pic nabbing the best picture award and a best supporting actor nod for Benicio Del Toro from the New York critics.

Soderbergh was named the director of the year by the National Board of Review earlier this month.

Tom Hanks The best actor award went to seasoned award winner Tom Hanks for his portrayal of a man fighting for survival in the upcoming "Cast Away."

Taiwanese director Edward Yang's "Yi Yi," which won the best director award at Cannes this year, was named best foreign film.

Here's the complete list of NYFCC winners.

Best Picture "Traffic"

Best Actor Tom Hanks, "Cast Away"

Best Actress Laura Linney, "You Can Count On Me"

Best Supporting Actor Benicio Del Toro, "Traffic"

Best Supporting Actress Marcia Gay Harden, "Pollock"

Best Director Steven Soderbergh, "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic"

Best Screenplay Ken Longergan, "You Can Count On Me"

Best Cinematographer Peter Pau, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

Best Foreign Film "Yi Yi" (A One and A Two)

Best Non-Fiction Film "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg"

Best Animated Film "Chicken Run"

Best First Film "George Washington"

Special Award Jules Dassin, director of "Rififi," and to Rialto Pictures for re-releasing the film.

Special Award The Shooting Gallery (a N.Y. production company), for its ingenious distribution pattern as well as its choice of films.

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