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N.Y. film critics pick 'Mulholland Drive' as best of '01

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ulholland Drive," director David Lynch's weird trip through contemporary Hollywood that was released by Universal Pictures, has been chosen best picture of 2001 by the New York Film Critics Circle. Veteran director Robert Altman won best director honors for USA Films' "Gosford Park," an upstairs-downstairs look at an English country estate. "Gosford Park" also won best screenplay honors for Julian Fellowes, who wrote its script from an idea by Altman and Bob Balaban, who acts in the film. Miramax's "In the Bedroom," filmed by actor-turned-director Todd Field, was named best first film and also won best actress and best actor honors for its two stars, Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson, who play a married couple under siege. Steve Buscemi was named best supporting actor for his work in United Artists' "Ghost World," while Helen Mirren was hailed as best supporting actress for her performance in "Gosford Park." Kar-wai Wong's "In the Mood," a portrait of two intertwined couples released by USA Films, was named best foreign film. Christopher Doyle and Pin Bing Lee won the cinematographer award for their work on "In the Mood." The selections of best documentary and best animated film will be announced shortly. Richard Linklater's "Waking Life," released by Fox Searchlight, was singled out as best animated feature. The award for best nonfiction film went to French director Agnes Varda's "The Gleaners and I," released by Zeitgeist Films.(Gregg Kilda

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