Sunday’s specials:

David Brooks reviews Munich!

In Spielberg’s Middle East the only way to achieve peace is by renouncing violence. But in the real Middle East the only way to achieve peace is through military victory over the fanatics, accompanied by compromise between the reasonable elements on each side. Somebody, the Israelis or the Palestinian Authority, has to defeat Hamas and the other terrorist groups. Far from leading to a downward cycle, this kind of violence is the precondition to peace.

The best, according to the New York Online Film Critics.

Best Picture The Squid and the Whale
Best Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
Best Actress Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice)
Best Director Fernando Meirelles (Constant Gardener)
Best Supporting Actor Oliver Platt (Casanova)
Best Supporting Actress Amy Adams (Junebug)
Best Breakthrough Performer Terrence Howard (Hustle and Flow, Crash, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Four Brothers)
Best Debut Director Paul Haggis (Crash)
Best Screenplay Paul Haggis (Crash)
Best Documentary Grizzly Man

Best Foreign Language Downfall

Best Animated Wallace & Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Best Cinematography March of the Penguins

In L.A., they’re swinging a bit differently:

Best Picture:
Brokeback Mountain
A History of Violence

Best Director
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Runner-up: David Cronenberg, A History of Violence

Best Actor
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Runner-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

Best Actress
Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone
Runner-up: Dame Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents

Best Supporting Actor
William Hurt, A History of Violence
Runner-up: Frank Langella, Good Night, and Good Luck

Best Supporting Actress
Catherine Keener, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Capote, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, & The Interpreter
Runner-up: Amy Adams, Junebug

Best Screenplay
TIE between
Dan Futterman, Capote
Noah Baumbach, The Squid & The Whale

Best Cinematography
Robert Elswit, Good Night, and Good Luck.
Runner-up: Chris Doyle, Kwan Pun Leung, Yiu-Fai Lai, 2046

Best Production Design
William Chang, 2046
Runner-up: James D. Bissell, Good Night, And Good Luck.

Best Music Score
Howl’s Moving Castle, Joe Hisaishi
Runner-up: Tony Takatani, Ryuichi Sakamoto

Best Foreign-Language Film
Cache, directed by Michael Haneke
Runner-up: 2046, directed by Wong Kar Wai

Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
Grizzly Man, directed by Werner Herzog
Runner-up: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room directed by Alex Gibney

Best Animation
Nick Park and Steve Box, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

The nominations are in for the Broadcast Film Critics’ Awards. Lots of interesting choices here.

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