‘Quills’ Named Best Film by National Board of Review


The 2000 movie awards season officially commenced Wednesday with “Quills,” Fox Searchlight’s outrageous exploration of the life and philosophy of the notorious Marquis de Sade, being named best film by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

The National Board of Review, which is composed of educators, writers, film historians and film students, chose Javier Bardem as best actor for his role as Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas in “Before Night Falls,” and Julia Roberts as best actress for her role as the legal whistle-blower in “Erin Brockovich.”

For the record:

12:00 a.m. Dec. 8, 2000 For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday December 8, 2000 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 2 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 46 words Type of Material: Correction
Film list--An article that ran in Thursday’s Calendar inadvertently omitted “Wonder Boys” from the list of top 10 films of 2000 as chosen by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. In addition, the category in which Michelle Rodriguez won was misidentified. She won for best breakthrough performance, for “Girlfight.”

Icelandic pop singer Bjork won for outstanding dramatic musical performance for “Dancer in the Dark.”


Joaquin Phoenix won for best supporting actor for his work in three movies: “Gladiator,” “The Yards” and “Quills.” Lupe Ontiveros took home best supporting actress honors for “Chuck & Buck.”

Steven Soderbergh was named best director for “Erin Brockovich” and the crime thriller “Traffic.” Ted Tally won best screenplay for his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s western “All the Pretty Horses.”

The board’s top 10 list for 2000 also included “Traffic,” “Croupier,” “You Can Count on Me,” “Billy Elliot,” “Before Night Falls,” “Gladiator,” “Wonder Boys,” “Sunshine” and “Dancer in the Dark.”

Best ensemble performance went to the cast of writer-director David Mamet’s comedy “State and Main,” which included Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The clay-animated comedy “Chicken Run” was awarded best animated feature, and best documentary honors went to “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.”

Awards for outstanding young actors went to Michelle Rodriguez (“Girlfight”) and Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”).

Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” won best foreign film and the late Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Decalogue” series received outstanding achievement in foreign film.

Ellen Burstyn received the career achievement award, and composer Ennio Morricone was recipient of the career achievement award for excellence in film music scoring. Kenneth Lonergan received the special filmmaking achievement honor for “You Can Count on Me.”

The awards will be presented Jan. 16 in New York City.