The LA Film Critics Association have set the bar, announcing their picks for the best pictures and performances of 2005.
Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Runner-up: David Cronenberg, A History of Violence
Best Actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Runner-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Best Actress – Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone
Runner-up: Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Best Screenplay: Capote, Dan Futterman, and The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach (tie)
Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener, Capote, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The 40 Year Old Virgin and The Interpreter.
Runner-up: Amy Adams, Junebug
Best Supporting Actor: William Hurt, A History of Violence
Runner-up: Frank Langella, Good Night, and Good Luck
Foreigh language film – Cache, dir. Michael Haneke
Runner-up – 2046, dir. Wong Kar Wai
The LA Film Critics Awards will be presented at a January 17 ceremony.