Kansas City, Mo. The 40th annual vote of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle honored work ranging from an examination of the 1972 terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics to acting portrayals of a country singer, boxing coach and literary giant.
Comprised of print, television, radio and online critics from the Greater Kansas City area, the 28 voting members of the organization (including this reporter) cast ballots in 11 categories on Tuesday. Films were eligible if they held advance screenings or opened in the Kansas City area during 2005.
The critics voted the following as the best of 2005:
Best Film: "Munich"
Best Director: Steven Spielberg, "Munich"
Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"
Best Supporting Actor: Paul Giamatti, "Cinderella Man"
Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bello, "A History of Violence"
Best Original Screenplay: George Clooney and Grant Heslov, "Good Night, and Good Luck"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner and Eric Roth, "Munich"
Best Animated Film: "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Downfall" (Germany)
Best Documentary: (tie) "Grizzly Man" and "Murderball"
The first movie to win the Kansas City Film Critics Circle award for Best Picture was "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1966. The group is the second oldest organization of film critics in the United States.