Washington DC Critics Name Munich Best Film, Spielberg Best Director

Double awards also for Capote and Crash

Breakthrough award to Terrence Howard for "Hustle & Flow"

Dec 13, 2005, 00:00 ET from Washington DC Area Film Critics Association

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington DC Area Film Critics
 Association (WAFCA) today selected "Munich" the best film of the year and
 selected its director, Steven Spielberg, for top honors as well.  Other films
 receiving more than one award were "Capote" (best actor to Philip Seymour
 Hoffman and best adapted screenplay to first-time screenwriter Dan Futterman)
 and "Crash" (best original screenplay to Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco and
 best ensemble acting).
     This year, WAFCA's "breakthrough" award went to Terrence Howard ("Hustle &
 Flow").  "We are delighted to recognize Howard's brilliant work, not just in
 this film but in 'Crash' and 'Get Rich or Die Tryin'' this year," said WAFCA
 President Tim Gordon.  "We expect to be announcing him as the winner of a best
 actor award some day."
     In a new category, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the
 Wardrobe," was the winner of the award for best art direction.  Reese
 Witherspoon was selected as best actress for her performance as June Carter
 Cash in "Walk the Line." Supporting awards went to Amy Adams for "Junebug" and
 Paul Giamatti for "Cinderella Man."  Best foreign film was Stephen Chow's
 action comedy "Kung Fu Hustle" and best animated film was the Nick Parks'
 claymation feature, "Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit."  Best
 documentary was "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room."
     The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association is comprised of 34
 DC-based film critics from television, radio, print and the internet.  Voting
 was conducted from December 9-11, 2005.
     2005 WAFCA Choices
     Final Results-2005 Washington (D.C.) Area Film Critics Association Awards
     Best Actor
     Philip Seymour Hoffman -- Capote
     Best Actress
     Reese Witherspoon -- Walk the Line
     Best Supporting Actor
     Paul Giamatti -- Cinderella Man
     Best Supporting Actress
     Amy Adams -- Junebug
     Best Director
     Steven Spielberg -- Munich
     Best Screenplay, Original
     Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco -- Crash
     Best Screenplay, Adapted
     Dan Futterman -- Capote
     Best Film
     Best Foreign Film
     Kung Fu Hustle/Sony Pictures Classic
     Best Animated Feature
     Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit/DreamWorks
     Best Documentary
     Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room/Magnolia Pictures
     Best Breakthrough Performance
     Terrence Howard/Hustle & Flow
     Best Ensemble
     Crash/Lions Gate
     Best Art Direction
     The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe/Buena Vista

SOURCE Washington DC Area Film Critics Association