Voting in the 19th annual awards of the National Society of Film Critics, meeting Wednesday at the Algonquin Hotel, was the most wide-ranging yet from this eclectic body. Not only was there no single, clear-cut winner, but no one film even repeated once in the nine top awards of the society's categories. The winners came from the widest possible spectrum of this year's releases, from tiny-budget independent American films to big studio productions.
The year's winners were:
Best film: Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger Than Paradise."
Best director: Robert Bresson for "L'Argent."
Best actor: Steve Martin in "All of Me."
Best actress: Vanessa Redgrave in "The Bostonians."
Best supporting actor: John Malkovich, cited for performances in both "Places in the Heart" and "The Killing Fields."
Best supporting actress: Melanie Griffith in "Body Double."
Best screenplay: "Splash" by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, from a story by Bruce Jay Friedman.
Best documentary: "Stop Making Sense," the Talking Heads concert film by Jonathan Demme.
Best cinematographer: Chris Menges, for his work on both "The Killing Fields" and "Comfort and Joy."