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"In the Bedroom," Todd Field's small-scale drama of a Maine couple coping with the violent death of their son, is the only picture to emerge as a frontrunner in the annual film awards sweepstakes leading up to biggest prize of the all: the Oscars. Most groups have split their spoils among a diverse group of features ranging from the garish, MTV-like musical "Moulin Rouge" to David Lynch's noir-ish thriller "Mulholland Drive."

"Bedroom" has been named Best Picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (announced Dec. 15) and received nominations in the top category from the American Film Institute and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The AFI is brand new at presenting annual achievement awards and will give out its first prizes in a televised ceremony on CBS on Jan. 5. The Broadcast group, composed of reviewers for TV and radio, previously announced only winners except in its Best Picture category which was withheld until the ceremony itself. This year, the BFCA made public nominees in all of its categories. The honorees will be named at a luncheon on Jan. 22 which will be telecast on the E! Entertainment Channel.

Sissy Spacek, the grieving mother of "Bedroom," was chosen as Best Actress by the L.A. critics and the New York Film Critics Circle (announced Dec. 13). She's also been nominated by both the AFI and the BFCA. Her co-star Tom Wilkinson is a Best Actor honoree from the Gotham scribblers and has an AFI nomination. "Bedroom" supporting actress Marisa Tomei is also up for a BFCA award. Todd Field won the Best Director prize from the National Board of Review (reported in last week's Back Stage) and has an AFI nod.

Below is a rundown of the film awards and nominations so far. There are a few anomalies. Brian Cox of "L.I.E." was considered a supporting actor by the AFI, but a leading actor by the Boston Society of Film Critics (announced Dec. 16). He won the Beantown scribblers' award in a tie with Denzel Washington of "Training Day." Cate Blanchett won a National Board of Review Supporting Actress award for her work in three films ("The Lord of the Rings," "The Man Who Cried," and "The Shipping News"), but received a nomination from the AFI for a fourth ("Bandits").

Picture: "Ali" (BFCA nom); "A Beautiful Mind" (AFI nom, BFCA nom); "Black Hawk Down" (AFI nom); "In the Bedroom" (AFI nom, BFCA nom, LAFCA); "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (AFI nom, BFCA nom); "The Man Who Wasn't There" (AFI nom, BFCA nom); "Memento" (AFI nom, BFCA nom); "Monster's Ball" (AFI nom); "Moulin Rouge" (AFI nom, BFCA nom, NBR); "Mulholland Drive" (AFI nom, BFCA nom, Bos, NYFCC); "The Shipping News" (BFCA nom); "Shrek" (AFI nom, BFCA nom).

Actor: Russell Crowe ("A Beautiful Mind") (AFI nom, BFCA nom); Brian Cox ("L.I.E.") (Bos—tie); Sean Penn ("I Am Sam"); (BFCA nom); Will Smith ("Ali") (BFCA nom); Billy Bob Thornton ("Bandits"; "The Man Who Wasn't There"; "Monster's Ball") (AFI nom, NBR); Denzel Washington ("Training Day") (AFI nom, Bos—tie, LAFCA); Tom Wilkinson ("In the Bedroom") (AFI nom, NYFCC).

Actress: Halle Berry ("Monster's Ball") (AFI nom, NBR); Stockard Channing ("The Business of Strangers") (AFI nom); Nicole Kidman ("Moulin Rouge") (BFCA nom); Sissy Spacek ("In the Bedroom") (AFI nom, BFCA nom, LAFCA, NYFCC); Tilda Swinton ("The Deep End") (Bos); Naomi Watts ("Mulholland Drive") (AFI nom); Renee Zellweger ("Bridget Jones's Diary") (BFCA nom).

Supporting Actor: Jim Broadbent ("Iris"; "Moulin Rouge") (BFCA nom, LAFCA, NBR); Steve Buscemi ("Ghost World") (AFI nom, NYFCC); Brian Cox ("L.I.E.") (AFI nom); Gene Hackman ("The Royal Tenenbaums") (AFI nom); Ben Kingsley ("Sexy Beast") (BFCA nom, Bos); Tony Shalhoub ("The Man Who Wasn't There") (AFI nom); Jon Voight ("Ali") (BFCA nom).

Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett ("Bandits"; "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"; "The Man Who Cried"; "The Shipping News") (AFI nom for "Bandits", NBR win for the three other films); Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind") (AFI nom, BFCA nom); Cameron Diaz ("Vanilla Sky") (AFI nom; BFCA nom, Bos); Helen Mirren ("Gosford Park") (NYFCC); Frances O'Connor ("A.I. Artificial Intelligence") (AFI nom); Marisa Tomei ("In the Bedroom") (BFCA nom); Kate Winslet ("Iris") (LAFCA).

Director: Robert Altman ("Gosford Park") (AFI nom, NYFCC); Todd Field ("In the Bedroom") (AFI nom, NBR); Ron Howard ("A Beautiful Mind") (BFCA nom); Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring") (BFCA nom); Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge") (BFCA nom); David Lynch ("Mulholland Drive") (AFI nom, Bos, LAFCA); Ridley Scott ("Black Hawk Down") (AFI nom).

Screenplay: Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff ("Ghost World") (AFI nom); Joel Coen, Ethan Coen ("The Man Who Wasn't There") (BFCA nom); Rob Festinger, Todd Field ("In the Bedroom") (AFI nom, NBR); Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park") (NYFCC); Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind") (AFI nom, BFCA nom); Christopher Nolan ("Memento") (AFI nom, BFCA nom, Bos, LAFCA).

Foreign-Language Film: "Amelie" (BFCA nom); "Amores Perros" (Bos, NBR); "In the Mood for Love" (BFCA nom, NYFCC); "No Man's Land" (BFCA nom, LAFCA).

Key: AFI nom=American Film Institute nomination; BFCA=Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination; Bos=Boston Society of Film Critics; LAFCA=Los Angeles Film Critics Association; NBR=National Board of Review; NYFCC=New York Film Critics Circle.

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