'Schindler,' 'Piano' top L.A. critics' awards


Steven Spielberg's Holocaust epic "Schindler's List" was voted best picture of 1993 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

The New Zealand film "The Piano" received five of the association's awards, the most for the year. Holly Hunter won as best actress for her portrayal of a mute mail-order bride in the film, and Jane Campion was chosen best director and also won the screenplay award.

Anna Paquin tied for best supporting actress for her role in "The Piano" as Miss Hunter's daughter with Rosie Perez, a distraught airplane crash survivor in "Fearless." "The Piano" also tied with "Schindler's List" for cinematography.

"Schindler's List" took a total of three awards, including one for production design.

Anthony Hopkins was voted best actor, both for the repressed butler in "The Remains of the Day" and for the repressed Oxford intellectual in "Shadowlands," which will be released later this month.

Supporting actor winner Tommy Lee Jones was cited for the implacable U.S. marshal he played in "The Fugitive."

Another young actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, earned the association's New Generation Award on the strength of his performances in "This Boy's Life" and the coming "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."

On the other end of the age spectrum, 92-year-old cinematographer John Alton won the Career Achievement Award.

Composed of print and radio film critics in the Los Angeles area, the critics association traditionally kicks off the yearly movie awards season with its early December voting.

This year's awards will be presented formally to winners on Jan. 18 at the Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif.

For the third year in a row, composer Zbigniew Preisner took the music score award, this time for his work in "The Secret Garden" and the French language films "Blue" and "Olivier Olivier."

The Chinese epic "Farewell My Concubine" won the foreign film award.

"It's All True," which presented never-seen footage from Orson Welles' 50-year-old, unfinished film of the same name, took the documentary prize.

The French-Canadian short film "The Mighty River" won in the animation category.

The Douglas Edwards Award for Independent/Experimental Film and Video went to "Silverlake Life: The View From Here," a film composed of video footage two life companions took of each other as they succumbed to AIDS.

Major category runners-up in Saturday's voting included "The Piano" for best picture; Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Age of Innocence," "In the Name of the Father"), best actor; Debra Winger ("Shadowlands," "A Dangerous Woman"), best actress; and Robert Altman for director and (in collaboration with Frank Barhydt) for the screenplay of "Short Cuts." Ralph Fiennes of "Schindler's List" was runner-up for supporting actor. Because of the winning tie, there was no runner-up in the supporting actress category.

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