‘Gladiator’ Rules With BFCA

“Gladiator” leads the list of nominations and winners announced by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The Roman epic directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe made the group’s Top 10 list along with, in alphabetical order, “Almost Famous,” “Billy Elliot,” “Cast Away,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Quills,” “Thirteen Days,” “Traffic,” “Wonder Boys” and “You Can Count on Me.”

Due to a tie, there are actually 11 films in BFCA’s Top 10 list this year. The best picture winner will be announced at an awards luncheon on Jan. 22.

Among the group’s winners announced today: best actor, Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”); best actress, Julia Roberts (“Erin Brockovich“); best supporting actor, Joaquin Phoenix (for “Gladiator,” “Quills” and “The Yards“); best supporting actress, Frances McDormand (“Almost Famous” and “Wonder Boys“); best director, Steven Soderbergh (for “Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic“); best animated feature, “Chicken Run“; and best foreign film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

“Gladiator” also picked up awards for best cinematography, production design and composer.

BFCA is the largest film critics group in the United States and Canada. The Jan. 22 awards luncheon will be at the Beverly Hills Hotel, one day after the Golden Globes are handed out.