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More Critics Awards

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

One thing's certain, there are as many critics out there as there are movies.

Following critics from New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Toronto, the Florida Film Critics Circle has unveiled their top film choices for the year... with pretty much the usual suspects.

Golden boy Steven Soderbergh continues his run as critics' darling, scoring a best director nod for both "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic." That border-crossing drug flick also nabbed best picture and best supporting actor for hot stuff Benicio Del Toro.

The Florida folks named Geoffrey Rush best actor for his work as the Marquis de Sade in "Quills," and Ellen Burstyn got the best actress nod for her strung-out turn in "Requiem for a Dream."

Frances McDormand was the Florida critics' top pick for best supporting actress based on her roles in both "Wonder Boys" and "Almost Famous."

In other categories: David Mamet's comedy "State and Main" took best screenplay and ensemble cast; best animation went to DreamWorks' "Chicken Run"; and martial arts flick "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" earned both a cinematography award and best foreign film.

MORE AWARDS: The Joan Allen starrer "The Contender" will receive the Broadcast Film Critics Association's annual Alan J. Pakula Award for outstanding film of social and political significance, Reuters says.

The prize will be presented to the film's writer and director Rod Lurie and the cast at the group's sixth annual Critics' Choice Awards luncheon Jan. 22.

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