The accolades continue for David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, with the Toronto Film Critics Association naming it the year's best picture, best Canadian film and Cronenberg as best director.
The awards, to be officially announced today, are another indication of the flood of support for A History of Violence this awards season. The film was also nominated last week for the Golden Globes' best drama award for 2005, and it was Rolling Stone magazine's pick for best film of the year.
And the laurels keep coming: It was recently runner-up for best picture for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and was nominated for best film by the London Film Critics Circle. Other awards include the New York Film Critics Circle naming William Hurt and Maria Belloas best supporting actor and best supporting actress.
Meanwhile, with the Toronto critics' record for picking Oscar contenders -- Sideways and Lost in Translation were the critics' pick for best films of 2004 and 2003 -- A History of Violence could at least be due for an Academy Award nomination, which would be Cronenberg's first. (The director has never been nominated for an Academy Award, although his 1986 film The Fly did win an Oscar for special effects and makeup.) In addition to A History of Violence, the Toronto critics' association tends to grace other films it likes a lot with multiple awards. So Capote, thought to be another surefire Oscar contender, won best male performance for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, best supporting female performance for Catherine Keener and best first feature for director Bennett Miller.
The Squid and the Whale, about a marriage breaking apart and the sons coping, won the Toronto critics' award for best female performance and for best screenplay by director Noam Baumbach.
Other winners included best supporting male performance for Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man, best animated feature for Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, best foreign-language film for The World and best documentary feature for Grizzly Man.