"Shocker" might be a tad strong, but "mild startlement" does not make for much of a headline. But Saturday, the National Society of Film Critics gathered in Midtown to, after some apparent quibbling, pick dark horse "Capote" as the year’s best film. Via AP:
"A History of Violence" came in second, and "2046" was third; Philip Seymour Hoffman was voted best actor; Reese Witherspoon best actress; David Cronenberg best director; "Grizzly Man" best non-fiction film; and "Head On" best foreign film. The NSFC is known for its discerning, quirky choices (a list of the critics making up the society is here), so we’re a little disappointed with the choice of "Capote," which we found competent and completely anemic (and there’s no "In Cold Blood" pun to be had here, people, move along, move along).