3rd Annual rec.arts.movies.*+ Critics Circle Awards

Results are reproduced here with the direct authority of r.a.m.*+ Critics Circle chairman Mike D'Angelo

The rec.arts.movies.*+ Critics Circle consists of a group of film enthusiasts, comprised primarily of leading contributors to the rec.arts.movies.* newsgroup hierarchy, as invited by Entertainment Weekly columnist Mike D'Angelo, a longtime contributor to rec.arts.movies.*. These are not the r.a.m.my Awards, the open annual survey of rec.arts.movies.* readers generously conducted by Scott Renshaw.

This year's participants:

Chairman:Mike D'Angelo - web
  • James Berardinelli - web
  • Matthew Butcher
  • James Callan - web
  • Dave Cowen
  • Chris Ereneta
  • Steve Erickson - web
  • Charles B. Francois - web
  • Bryant Frazer - web
  • Alex Fung - web
  • Erik Gregersen - web
  • Skander Halim - web
  • "JMSTREEP"
  • Eric C. Johnson - web
  • "Charles Foster Kane"
  • Joshua Kreitzer
  • Ian McDowell
  • Greg Murphy
  • "MuseMalade"
  • Charles Odell - web
  • Theo Panayides - web
  • "Peace Electric"
  • Peter Reiher
  • Scott Renshaw - web
  • Regina A. Robbins
  • Larry Rosenheim
  • Ken Rudolph
  • Bryan "Frankenseuss" Theiss - web
  • Adam Neil Villani - web
  • Froilan Vispo - web
  • Harold Wexler
  • A great debt of thanks is owed to chairman Mike D'Angelo for the huge amount of administration and tabulation involved in this endeavour.


    All balloting was submitted prior to 98/02/10 0538 PST (Academy Award nominee announcements).

    The winners of the 3rd annual rec.arts.movies.*+ Critics Circle Awards, as announced March 10th, 1998:


    Best Picture
    The Sweet Hereafter, directed by Atom Egoyan (Fine Line)
    [341 points on 25 votes]
    Runners-Up:
    In The Company Of Men, directed by Neil LaBute (Sony Pictures Classics)[206 pts / 16 votes]
    L.A. Confidential, directed by Curtis Hanson (Warner Bros.)[156 pts / 17 votes]
    Fast, Cheap & Out Of Control, directed by Errol Morris (Sony Pictures Classics)[146 pts / 16 votes]
    Irma Vep, directed by Olivier Assayas (Zeitgeist)[140 pts / 11 votes]
    Titanic, directed by James Cameron (Paramount)[129 pts / 12 votes]
    Kundun, directed by Martin Scorsese (Touchstone)[112 pts / 8 votes]
    Boogie Nights, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (New Line)[108 pts / 8 votes]
    The Game, directed by David Fincher (Polygram)[97 pts / 7 votes]
    Face/Off, directed by John Woo (Paramount)[95 pts / 12 votes]

    Best Actor
    Ian Holm, The Sweet Hereafter (Fine Line)
    [434 points on 27 votes]
    Runners-Up:
    Aaron Eckhart, In The Company Of Men (Sony Pictures Classics)[232 pts / 18 votes]
    Al Pacino, Donnie Brasco (TriStar)[186 pts / 17 votes]
    Russell Crowe, L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)[170 pts / 18 votes]
    Nicolas Cage, Face/Off (Paramount)[158 pts / 14 votes]
    Robert Duvall, The Apostle (October)[121 pts / 10 votes]
    Dustin Hoffman, Wag The Dog (New Line)[111 pts / 14 votes]
    Peter Fonda, Ulee's Gold (Orion)[93 pts / 8 votes]
    Philip Baker Hall, Hard Eight (Goldwyn)[88 pts / 10 votes]
    Guy Pearce, L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)[87 pts / 11 votes]

    Best Actress
    Victoire Thivisol, Ponette (Arrow)
    [199 points on 14 votes]
    Runners-Up:
    Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets (TriStar)[179 pts / 16 votes]
    Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings Of The Dove (Miramax)[174 pts / 12 votes]
    Jodie Foster, Contact (Warner Bros.)[153 pts / 15 votes]
    Judi Dench, Mrs Brown (Miramax)[151 pts / 12 votes]
    Pam Grier, Jackie Brown (Miramax)[138 pts / 12 votes]
    Maggie Cheung, Irma Vep (Zeitgeist)[133 pts / 12 votes]
    Kate Winslet, Titanic (Paramount)[132 pts / 18 votes]
    Joan Allen, The Ice Storm (Fox Searchlight)[124 pts / 13 votes]
    Minnie Driver, Grosse Pointe Blank (Hollywood)[123 pts / 9 votes]

    Best Supporting Actor
    Robert Forster, Jackie Brown (Miramax)
    [245 points on 20 votes]
    Runners-Up:
    Burt Reynolds, Boogie NIghts (New Line)[184 pts / 17 votes]
    Bruce Greenwood, The Sweet Hereafter (Fine Line)[177 pts / 14 votes]
    Mike Myers, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (New Line)[139 pts / 9 votes]
    Rupert Everett, My Best Friend's Wedding (TriStar)[131 pts / 9 votes]
    Kevin Spacey, L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)[125 pts / 11 votes]
    Jude Law, Gattaca (Columbia)[78 pts / 9 votes]
    John C. Reilly, Boogie NIghts (New Line)[71 pts / 8 votes]
    Alfred Molina, Boogie NIghts (New Line)[69 pts / 4 votes]
    Anthony Hopkins, Amistad (DreamWorks)[60 pts / 6 votes]

    Best Supporting Actress
    Sarah Polley, The Sweet Hereafter (Fine Line)
    [316 points on 26 votes]
    Runners-Up:
    Christina Ricci, The Ice Storm (Fox Searchlight)[254 pts / 18 votes]
    Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights (New Line)[225 pts / 18 votes]
    Nathalie Richard, Irma Vep (Zeitgeist)[162 pts / 12 votes]
    Stacey Edwards, In The Company Of Men (Sony Pictures Classics)[157 pts / 15 votes]
    Gabrielle Rose, The Sweet Hereafter (Fine Line)[143 pts / 12 votes]
    Sigourney Weaver, The Ice Storm (Fox Searchlight)[90 pts / 8 votes]
    Joan Cusack, In & Out (Paramount)[90 pts / 6 votes]
    Joan Allen, Face/Off (Paramount)[73 pts / 7 votes]
    Alison Elliott, The Wings Of The Dove (Miramax)[70 pts / 6 votes]

    Best Director
    Atom Egoyan, The Sweet Hereafter (Fine Line)
    [366 points on 26 votes]
    Runners-Up:
    James Cameron, Titanic (Paramount)[189 pts / 17 votes]
    Errol Morris, Fast, Cheap & Out Of Control (Sony Pictures Classics)[172 pts / 15 votes]
    Curtis Hanson, L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)[158 pts / 17 votes]
    Martin Scorsese, Kundun (Touchstone)[155 pts / 10 votes]
    Olivier Assayas, Irma Vep (Zeitgeist)[154 pts / 12 votes]
    Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights (New Line)[138 pts / 12 votes]
    David Fincher, The Game (Polygram)[127 pts / 11 votes]
    John Woo, Face/Off (Paramount)[114 pts / 13 votes]
    David Lynch, Lost Highway (October)[105 pts / 8 votes]

    Best Screenplay
    Atom Egoyan, The Sweet Hereafter (Fine Line)
    [352 points on 24 votes]
    Runners-Up:
    Neil LaBute, In The Company Of Men (Sony Pictures Classics)[296 pts / 22 votes]
    Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson, L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)[232 pts / 21 votes]
    James Schamus, The Ice Storm (Fox Searchlight)[114 pts / 10 votes]
    Hilary Henkin and David Mamet, Wag The Dog (New Line)[100 pts / 10 votes]
    Olivier Assayas, Irma Vep (Zeitgeist)[94 pts / 9 votes]
    John Brancato and Michael Ferris, The Game (Polygram)[92 pts / 8 votes]
    Paul Attanasio, Donnie Brasco (TriStar)[90 pts / 11 votes]
    Kevin Smith, Chasing Amy (Miramax)[87 pts / 7 votes]
    Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink & John Cusack, Grosse Pointe Blank (Hollywood)[83 pts / 8 votes]

    Best Scene
    A harrowing visit to Rahad's pad, Boogie Nights (New Line)
    [127 points on 10 votes]
    Runners-Up:
    The accident, The Sweet Hereafter (Fine Line)[100 pts / 7 votes]
    Fred calls the Mystery Man on the Mystery Man's cell phone, Lost Highway (October)[94 pts / 7 votes]
    The final "scene" (watching the dailies), Irma Vep (Zeitgeist)[88 pts / 9 votes]
    Stephens tells Alison about almost losing baby Zoë, The Sweet Hereafter (Fine Line)[85 pts / 7 votes]
    The car scene, Scream 2 (Dimension)[83 pts / 7 votes]
    Dole queue boogie, The Full Monty (Fox Searchlight)[72 pts / 6 votes]
    Dr. Evil and son in group therapy, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (New Line)[65 pts / 5 votes]
    The opening pullback from Earth, Contact (Warner Bros.)[55 pts / 6 votes]
    Lefty leaves home for the last time, Donnie Brasco (TriStar)[53 pts / 6 votes]

    Highest Rated Films
    (average rating out of 4 stars)

    01.THE SWEET HEREAFTER, directed by Atom Egoyan3.65
    02.IN THE COMPANY OF MEN, directed by Neil LaBute3.57
    03.LA PROMESSE, directed by Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne3.53
    04.CAPITAINE CONAN, directed by Bertrand Tavernier3.50
    05.IRMA VEP, directed by Olivier Assayas3.49
    06.FAST, CHEAP & OUT OF CONTROL, directed by Errol Morris3.42
    07.L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, directed by Curtis Hanson3.37
    08.FORGOTTEN SILVER, directed by Peter Jackson3.36
    09.FACE/OFF, directed by John Woo3.33
    10.TITANIC, directed by James Cameron3.23

    11.PRISONER OF THE MOUNTAINS, directed by Sergei Bodrov3.22
    12.KUNDUN, directed by Martin Scorsese3.22
    13.SICK: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF BOB FLANAGAN, SUPERMASOCHIST, directed by Kirby Dick3.19
    14.BOOGIE NIGHTS, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson3.18
    15.UNDERGROUND, directed by Emir Kusturica3.18
    WACO: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, directed by William Gazecki3.18
    17.WHEN THE CAT'S AWAY, directed by Cedric Klapisch3.15
    18.4 LITTLE GIRLS, directed by Spike Lee3.14
    19.THE ICE STORM, directed by Ang Lee3.13
    20.DONNIE BRASCO, directed by Mike Newell3.13

    21.PRETTY VILLAGE, PRETTY FLAME, directed by Srdjan Dragojevic3.13
    22.MA VIE EN ROSE (MY LIFE IN PINK), directed by Alain Berliner3.12
    23.THE FULL MONTY, directed by Peter Cattaneo3.11
    24.CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE, directed by Jan Svankmajer3.09
    25.WAG THE DOG, directed by Barry Levinson3.07
    26.A SELF-MADE HERO, directed by Jacques Audiard3.07
    27.ULEE'S GOLD, directed by Victor Nunez3.05
    28.EVE'S BAYOU, directed by Kasi Lemmons3.03
    29.EYE OF GOD, directed by Tim Blake Nelson3.00
    SAINT CLARA, directed by Ari Folman & Ori Siva3.00
    WILL IT SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS?, directed by Sandrine Veysset3.00

    32.AS GOOD AS IT GETS, directed by James L. Brooks2.98
    33.THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, directed by Iain Softley2.97
    34.GROSSE POINTE BLANK, directed by George Armitage2.96
    35.THE GAME, directed by David Fincher2.95
    36.GRAY'S ANATOMY, directed by Stephen Soderbergh2.94
    37.CHASING AMY, directed by Kevin Smith2.93
    38.TROUBLESOME CREEK: A MIDWESTERN, directed by Jeanne Jordan & Steven Ascher2.93
    39.NENETTE ET BONI, directed by Claire Denis2.92
    40.JACKIE BROWN, directed by Quentin Tarantino2.90

    41.PONETTE, directed by Jacques Doillon2.90
    42.HOLLOW REED, directed by Angela Pope2.90
    43.MRS BROWN, directed by John Madden2.88
    44.HARD EIGHT, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson2.88
    45.DEEP CRIMSON, directed by Arturo Ripstein2.87
    46.EAST SIDE STORY, directed by Dana Ranga2.85
    47.GOOD WILL HUNTING, directed by Gus Van Sant2.84
    48.AMISTAD, directed by Steven Spielberg2.83
    CAREER GIRLS, directed by Mike Leigh2.83
    50.CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis2.83


    Alex Fung, (aw220@freenet.carleton.ca)

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