Film critics pick best in movies for 2001

January 08, 2002|By Michael Sragow

NEW YORK - If the nation's film critics prevail, Mulholland Drive will nab the Oscar in April for best picture. During a meeting Saturday, David Lynch's erotic thriller edged out Robert Altman's murder mystery/comedy of manners, Gosford Park, as the top film of the year, by 30 votes to 28. The Tolkien epic Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was a distant third, with 19 votes.

The meeting was dedicated to the memory of Pauline Kael, longtime critic for The New Yorker and a founder of the National Society of Film Critics. Here is a list of the major awards:

Best Picture, Mulholland Drive

Best Director, Robert Altman, Gosford Park

Best Actor, Gene Hackman, The Royal Tenenbaums

Best Actress, Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive

Best Supporting Actor, Steve Buscemi, Ghost World

Best Supporting Actress, Helen Mirren, Gosford Park

Best Foreign Language Film, In the Mood for Love

Best Screenplay, Julian Fellowes, Gosford Park

Best Cinematography, Christopher Doyle and Mark Li Ping-bin, In the Mood for Love

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