Sideways stamped its name over the early awardsseason race when it was named Best Picture of the Year by the Los Angeles FilmCritics Association (LAFCA) on Saturday, with Million Dollar Baby coming in as runner-up.
Sideways tookfive honours in total, including best director for Alexander Payne, bestscreenplay for Payne and Jim Taylor, and supporting actor honours for VirginiaMadsen and Thomas Haden Church.
Imelda Staunton and Liam Neeson took top actinghonours for Vera Drake and Kinsey respectively, Zhang Yimou's House Of FlyingDaggers pipped Walter Salles' TheMotorcycle Diaries to the post inthe best foreign language film stakes, and Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's BornInto Brothels claimed the documentaryprize ahead of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.
Dante Ferretti took production design for TheAviator, Michael Giacchino took bestscore for The Incredibles, DionBeebe and Paul Cameron were named best cinematographers for Collateral, and Brad Bird claimed the animation award for TheIncredibles.
The DouglasEdwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award went to Ken Jacobs' Star-SpangledTo Death, andwriter/director Joshua Marston and star Catalina Sandino Moreno shared the NewGeneration award for Maria Full Of Grace.
Career achievement honours went to Jerry Lewis andthere was a special citation for Brian Jamieson from Warner Brothers andRichard Schickel for the restoration of Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One.
LAFCA's 30th annual achievement awards ceremony willbe held on Jan 13 in Los Angeles.
LAFCA 2004 AWARDWINNERS
Runner-up: MillionDollar Baby
DIRECTOR:Alexander Payne, Sideways
Runner-up:Martin Scorsese, The Aviator
ACTRESS: ImeldaStaunton, Vera Drake
Runner-up: JulieDelpy, Before Sunset
ACTOR: LiamNeeson, Kinsey
Runner-up: PaulGiamatti, Sideways
SCREENPLAY: Sidewaysby Alexander Payne andJim Taylor
Runner-up: EternalSunshine Of The Spotless Mind by Charlie Kaufman
SUPPORTINGACTRESS: Virginia Madsen, Sideways
Runner-up: CateBlanchett, The Aviator andCoffee & Cigarettes
SUPPORTINGACTOR: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
Runner-up:Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
FOREIGN LANGUAGEFILM: House Of Flying Daggers directed by Zhang Yimou
Runner-up: TheMotorcycle Diaries directedby Walter Salles
DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTIONFILM: Born Into Brothels written and directed by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski
Runner-up: Fahrenheit9/11 directed by MichaelMoore
PRODUCTIONDESIGN: Dante Ferretti, The Aviator
Runner-up: HuoTingxiao, House Of Flying Daggers
MUSIC/SCORE:Michael Giacchino, The Incredibles
Runner-up:Alexandre Desplat, Birth
CINEMATOGRAPHY:Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron, Collateral
Runner-up:Xiaoding Zhao, House Of Flying Daggers
ANIMATION: BradBird, The Incredibles
THE DOUGLAS EDWARDSEXPERIMENTAL/INDEPENDENT FILM/VIDEO AWARD: Star-Spangled To Death by Ken Jacobs
NEW GENERATION:Joshua Marston, writer/director, Maria Full Of Grace and Catalina Sandino Moreno, actress, MariaFull Of Grace
CAREERACHIEVEMENT: Jerry Lewis
SPECIALCITATION: Brian Jamieson of Warner Brothers and
Richard Schickelfor the reconstruction of Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One