Chicago critics pick ''Far From Heaven.'' The Windy City group's awards, including citations for stars Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid, add to the groundswell for the '50s-style melodrama

By Gary Susman
Updated January 10, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Dennis Quaid, Far From Heaven
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Critics in the Windy City added to the growing chorus of awards-season support for ”Far From Heaven” and stars Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid. For the Chicago Film Critics Awards, whose winners were announced Wednesday and will be feted at a ceremony next month, the 1950s-set melodrama won six prizes, including best picture, best director (Todd Haynes), best actress (Moore), and best supporting actor (Quaid). The mind-twister ”Adaptation” won best supporting actress (Meryl Streep) and best screenplay (attributed to Charlie Kaufman and his fictional brother Donald). Other top prizes went to Daniel Day-Lewis (best actor, ”Gangs of New York”), ”Y Tu Mamá También” (best foreign film), ”Bowling for Columbine” (best documentary), Maggie Gyllenhaal (most promising performer, for her work in ”Secretary,” ”Adaptation,” and ”Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”), and Dylan Kidd (most promising filmmaker, for his rookie directing effort, ”Roger Dodger”).

”Far From Heaven” has earned top honors from critics’ groups in New York, San Diego, and Seattle, while Moore has been named best actress by critics in Los Angeles; Toronto; Dallas-Fort Worth; San Diego; Seattle; Washington, D.C.; and Kansas City, as well as the Southeastern Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review. Moore and the movie are both up for Independent Spirit awards, and Moore, Quaid, and Haynes have all garnered Golden Globe nominations.

Far From Heaven

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  • PG-13
  • 107 minutes
  • Todd Haynes