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Central Ohio Film Critics

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Awards: January 12, 2005

Best Picture
A History of Violence
Runner up: Brokeback Mountain

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

Best Lead Performance
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Runner up: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Best Supporting Performance
Maria Bello, A History of Violence
Runner up: Amy Adams, Junebug

Actor of the Year
Heath Ledger
Brokeback Mountain, Casanova, Lords of Dogtown,
The Brothers Grimm
Runner up: Terrence Howard

Best Ensemble
The Cast of Munich
Runner up: The cast of Brokeback Mountain

Best Screenplay
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain
Runner up: George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck

Best Formal Design
Frank Miller’s Sin City
Runner up: Brokeback Mountain

Best Sound Design
War of the Worlds
Runner up: Walk the Line

Breakthrough Film Artist
Amy Adams, for her performance in Junebug
Runner up: Joe Wright, for directing Pride & Prejudice

Top Ten Films
A History of Violence
Brokeback Mountain
Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Good Night, and Good Luck
Munich
Murderball
Crash
Frank Miller’s Sin City
Pride & Prejudice
Batman Begins

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