2005 National Society of Film Critics Awards

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40th NSFC Awards

January 7, 2006

Best Film:

The 40th National Society of Film Critics Awards, given on 7 January 2006, honored the best in film for 2005.[1][2][3]


David Cronenberg, Best Director winner
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Best Actor winner
Reese Witherspoon, Best Actress winner
Ed Harris, Best Supporting Actor winner
Amy Adams, Best Supporting Actress winner
Noah Baumbach, Best Screenplay winner

Best Picture

1. Capote
2. A History of Violence
3. 2046

Best Director

1. David CronenbergA History of Violence
2. Wong Kar-wai2046
3. Bennett MillerCapote

Best Actor

1. Philip Seymour HoffmanCapote
2. Jeff DanielsThe Squid and the Whale
3. Heath LedgerBrokeback Mountain

Best Actress

1. Reese WitherspoonWalk the Line
2. Keira KnightleyPride & Prejudice
3. Kate DollenmayerFunny Ha Ha
3. Vera FarmigaDown to the Bone

Best Supporting Actor

1. Ed HarrisA History of Violence
2. Mathieu AmalricMunich
2. Frank LangellaGood Night, and Good Luck.

Best Supporting Actress

1. Amy AdamsJunebug
2. Zhang Ziyi2046
3. Catherine KeenerThe 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Capote, and The Interpreter

Best Screenplay

1. Noah BaumbachThe Squid and the Whale
2. Dan FuttermanCapote
3. Tony Kushner and Eric RothMunich

Best Cinematography

1. Christopher Doyle, Kwan Pun-leung, and Lai Yiu-fai2046
2. Robert ElswitGood Night, and Good Luck.
3. Emmanuel LubezkiThe New World

Best Foreign Language Film

1. Head-On (Gegen die Wand)
2. 2046
3. Caché

Best Non-Fiction Film

1. Grizzly Man
2. Darwin's Nightmare
3. Ballets Russes

Experimental Awards

1. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968) and Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2​12 (2005), William Greaves' remarkable investigation into the nature of the acting process and power relationships on a movie set.
2. 13 Lakes, Ten Skies, and 27 Years Later, the three 2005 productions of James Benning. Few have done more over the last thirty years to expand the sensory and temporal boundaries of moving pictures.

Film Heritage Award

  • Unseen Cinema, the 7-disc DVD box set collection of pre-1942 American avant-garde cinema assembled by Anthology Film Archives and Bruce Posner—a massive and unprecedented undertaking made in concert with 60 other film archives and preservation organizations across the globe.

Special Citation

  • The NSFC commends and congratulates our colleagues Kevin Thomas for his 44-year tenure as a movie critic at the Los Angeles Times, for his tireless championing in the heart of the world's movie capital of the power and beauty of independent, experimental and foreign film, for his long and important service to moviegoers around the industry, the country and the world.


  1. ^ King, Susan (8 January 2006). "National Film Critics Vote 'Capote' Best". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (9 January 2006). ""Capote" Named Best Picture of '05 By National Society of Film Critics". IndieWire. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Here's how 'Capote' pulled off a dramatic upset at National Society of Film Critics". Gold Derby. 7 January 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

External links

  • Past Awards
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