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The Las Vegas Film Critics Society announces the winners of the Annual Sierra Awards.

Tis the season to be j... compiling lists of "The Best of...". So Father Geek is here posting for all of you yet another critics awards list. These lists are cool, I enjoy reading them and debating their merits, or the films' merits that is. Anyway here's what the critics in Las Vegas think...

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is proud to announce the winners of its yearly awards recognizing outstanding achievement in film. The members of the LVFCS have selected the drama "Erin Brockovich," as the best motion picture released during this, the final year of the 20th Century.

Also honored was Geoffrey Rush ("Quills") as Best Actor and veteran Ellen Burstyn ("Requiem for a Dream") as Best Actress. Director Steven Soderbergh took top honors as well for "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic."

In recognition for his 40 year-plus career as a screenwriter and author, the LVFCS is proud to name William Goldman as the recipient of this year's William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award.

In honor of their outstanding efforts in restoring the classic Alfred Hitchcock film "Rear Window", James C. Katz and Robert Harris, are being recognized by the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. The pair spent two years and $700,000 restoring the thriller in honor of the late Master of Suspense's 100th birthday.

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is proud to give special recognition to Sen. Richard Bryan. A native of Southern Nevada, Senator Bryan's distinguished career in public service has spanned more than three decades, culminating with two terms in the U.S. Senate. His commitment to making Nevada a prime destination for motion picture production has been unparalleled.

Winners will be honored in a ceremony, scheduled for February 23rd in Las Vegas.

Complete listing of the LVFCS 4th Annual 'Sierra Awards' winners:

Best Picture: "Erin Brockovich."

Best Actor: Geoffrey Rush, "Quills."

Best Actress: Ellen Burstyn, "Requiem for a Dream."

Best Supporting Actor: Benicio Del Toro, "Traffic."

Best Supporting Actress: Kate Hudson, "Almost Famous."

Best Director: Steven Soderbergh, "Erin Brockovich," "Traffic."

Best Original Screenplay: Susannah Grant and Richard LaGravanese, "Erin Brockovich."

Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Medium: Steve Kloves, "Wonder Boys."

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, "O Brother, Where Art Thou."

Best Film Editing: Pietro Scalia, "Gladiator."

Best Score: Hans Zimmer, "Gladiator."

Best Original Song: "Things Have Changed," Bob Dylan - from "Wonder Boys."

Best Foreign Film: "Girl on the Bridge" (France)

Best Family Film: "Chicken Run."

Best Documentary: "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg."

Best Costume Design: Janty Yates, "Gladiator."

Best Visual Effects: "Gladiator."

Best Male Newcomer: Rob Brown, "Finding Forrester."

Best Female Newcomer: (tie) Karyn Kusama, Writer/Director - "Girlfight";Michelle Rodriguez, Actress - "Girlfight."

Youth in Film Award: Jamie Bell, "Billy Elliot."

Best DVD: "Gladiator," Dreamworks Home Video

Best Las Vegas Movie Theater: Century Orleans 12.

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award: William Goldman.

For further information on the LVFCS and it’s programs, please direct all questions and comments to:

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society:

c/o Jeffrey K. Howard: 3430 S. Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89102. (702) 220-5073, Fax (702) 362-9561

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  • Dec. 22, 2000, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Those Las Vegas Critics Seem to Have a Good Taste...

    by Elaine

    ... so how on earth could they pick "Erin Brockovich" as the best film? It's a nice film, but surely it isn't THAT good... Nice to see them hand out a "Youth in Film" award, though. When is the Academy going to follow suit?

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 2:43 a.m. CST


    by GEEKBASHER 3.0

    Now this is what I call a hip bunch of critics and film-lovers...Now if the Foreign Press can get a few pointers from these guy! Very CoOL!

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 6:35 a.m. CST

    not a bad list but

    by royny2387

    Erin Brockovich for best film? I can think of 30 better movies off the top of my head... Are these people blind? They're obviously idiots

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 7:35 a.m. CST

    "It stinks!"

    by FortysevenBTEG

    Thank god for Jay Sherman.

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 7:49 a.m. CST


    by QuizKidDonnie

    Particularly pleased to see BdelToro and KHudson hit this list. Another hip list, full of future Blockbuster rentals that don't play the Plexy-plex at my local mall. I imagine Requiem for a Dream will sit high on my list of cool druggy movies along with Drugstore Cowboy and Jesus' Son. P.S., notice the absence of a certain Crouching Tiger? I predict that America could really give a shit about the highly touted "the Schindler's List of kung-fu movies." Even in wide release it will tank at the box office. And all the critical raves will provoke a copycat backlash which, this time next year, will have everybody pissed off. (Next Christmas, SEE Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt in "Crumply Lotus, Stinky Finger", directed by Drew Barrymatrix.)

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Las Vegas Sucks

    by Vermifax

    Bjork should have had Best Song and Best Female Newcomer at the very least! They honored Pietro Scalia and Hans Zimmer so, they are not total idiots I guess. 'Erin Brockovich' as Best Picture? Fuckin' Vegas Rednecks!!! Phooey!

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Way to go, Michelle Rodriguez! Girlfight is an awesome flick

    by Smugbug

    But, so is Shadow Boxer - a documentary about women's boxing that features Lucia Ryker. She's THE best women boxer in the world. She's awesome. The movie is awesome. But I was really impressed with Girlfight. And Michelle.

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Best DVD is.......GLADIATOR!?!?!?!?

    by sidbal

    Gladiator was a great DVD, but to name it as best of the year is an insult to the people who voted for the award. Everyone should know by now that FIGHT CLUB had the best dvd of the year. I mean, I have had it since the day it came out and I still haven't gotten through all the cool extras. Anyways, posted a preview of the Almost Famous DVD and it seems to be coming with the oft-mentioned Directors Cut. Interesting thing though is that there is no mention of commentaries, or any making of featurettes. Anyways, a half-hour longer version of my favorite movie of the year (haven't seen Crouching Tiger or Traffic yet) is fine with me.

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 10:46 a.m. CST

    All bets are awful.

    by Shrevie

    I'm surprised they didn't pick Pay It Forward.

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Erin Brockovich?! You've gotta be fuckin' kidding me!

    by Lenny Nero

    Brockovich was a failed attempt to reinvent the "Love Canal"-esque plot and give Julia Roberts an acting vehicle. Best picture of the year? Fuck. Then again, the rest of the list is pretty dang good. Oh well...

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 1:24 p.m. CST

    William Goldman

    by Wee Willie

    Bravo for giving William Goldman the recognition he deserves. The AFIO should give HIM a lifetime achievment award.

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I mean AFI

    by Wee Willie

    American Film Institute.

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 2:37 p.m. CST

    doesn't surprise me

    by Airchinapilot

    Most of the good films haven't hit middle america yet and Las Vegas is still middle america. I did an Internet search and there aren't that many theatres in Las Vegas or Reno for that matter. I imagine they already have plenty of competition for entertainment dollars there. I wonder if "Casino" won the Las Vegas critics award that year.

  • Dec. 22, 2000, 4:36 p.m. CST

    william goldman

    by HeywoodFloyd

    i too, agree that it is good to see this guy recognized, even if it is only for a lifetime achievement award at the second rate lv...whatever the hell it was. butch cassidy and misery are both classic scripts, and he's got a bunch of other ones that are excellent too--marathon man, princess bride, etc. his writings on writing and hollywood are also worth checking out, even if they do get a little smug and self indulgent--that quote about a story needing to be simultaneously logical yet unpredictable always sticks in my mind. actually, it's good they honored him now, how many stinkers like "the ghost and the darkness" can someone of even his stature withstand before their career starts to slide?

  • Dec. 23, 2000, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Bob Dylan? About frickin' time!!!

    by jimmythesaint

    Okay, so "Things Have Changed" is hardly on the level of say, "Subterrenean Homesick Blues", but it's a great song, and it's far better than the sappy crap that get the Oscar. God to see Ellen get some recognition for RFAD. As for Steven Soderbergh - this is the golden year for him and all us fans.

  • Dec. 27, 2000, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Good list but....

    by G-BOY

    Where's Unbreakable????????? Did EVERYONE miss how Awesome this movie really was? And don't let anyone tell you what it's really about or it will ruin the whole movie for you. Shamaylan is a great storyteller and director. WHAT A FILM!!!!! Best critic list I've seen so far, but -- Erin Brockovich????????? Come on guys, you can do better than that.