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Howl's Moving Castle Wins Best Animated Feature Award by New York Film Critics Circle

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Selected Best Picture From New York Film Critics Circle
ANG LEE named Best Director for Brokeback Mountain
New York, December 12, 2005 — “BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN” was named Best Picture of 2005 while director ANG LEE was named Best Director for the same film in voting Monday by the New York Film Critics Circle. The 30 member group voted for its 71st annual awards for excellence in cinema today at the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan.

“I was not surprised at all that the voting was so competitive. What did surprise me was that we came to our conclusion so quickly,” said the group's chairman Newsday Critic Gene Seymour. “I'm not sure if that means it was a good year or a so-so year but it always shakes out.”

Werner Herzog will be honored for two of the Best Non-Fiction Films for his documentaries “GRIZZLY MAN” and “WHITE DIAMOND.” “2046” directed by Wong Kar Wai was selected as Best Foreign-Language Film and Best First Film was given to filmmaker Bennett Miller for “CAPOTE.” Best animated feature went to Hayao Miyazaki's animated adventure “HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE”. Best Actor went to HEATH LEDGER for the film “Brokeback Mountain” and REESE WITHERSPOON was named Best Actress for “Walk the LINE

The award for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress went to WILLIAM HURT and MARIA BELLO respectively for the same film “A History of Violence.”

The award for Best Cinematography went to Christopher Doyle, Lai Yiu Fai and Kwan Pun Leung for “2046” and “THE SQUID AND THE WHALE” written by Noah Baumbach was voted Best Screenplay.

The New York Film Critics Circle is comprised of critics from daily and weekly newspapers and magazines based in New York. The group is the oldest critical group in America and its annual awards are considered a precursor of the Oscar nominations. Newsday film critic Gene Seymour, the NYFCC's current chairman, will host the group's award dinner January 8, 2006, at Cipriani's 42nd Street in Manhattan. For more information please visit the NYFCC official website, www.nyfcc.com.

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