Road trip comedy SIDEWAYS triumphed on both of America's coastlines on Saturday (11DEC04), when it was named Best Film by the LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION and the NEW YORK FILM CRITICS ONLINE.

The film picked up five awards at the Californian critics' awards, including Best Director for Alexander Payne; Best Supporting Actor for THOMAS HADEN CHURCH; Best Supporting Actress for Virginia Madsen; and Best Screenplay for Payne and JIM TAYLOR.

Imelda Staunton had a very successful day - besides picking up Best Actress from the Los Angeles critics, she was also honoured in the same category in New York and at the EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS for her starring role in Vera Drake.

Meanwhile Liam Neeson was named Best Actor for his portrayal of sex researcher ALFRED KINSEY in controversial biopic KINSEY.

Other winners on the night included House Of Flying Daggers as Best Foreign-language film, The Incredibles for Best Animation and Best Music Score and COLLATERAL for Cinematography.

Entertainment veteran Jerry Lewis was recognised for his Career Achievement.

13/12/2004 03:13