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2005 WAFCA Awards
Washington, DC Film Critics Choose "Munich" Best Film,
Spielberg Best Director


Double awards also for "Capote" and "Crash"

Breakthrough award to Terrence Howard
for "Hustle & Flow"

(Washington, DC)—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 Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association Awards
    Best Film
    Munich/Universal

    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 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

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