NEW YORK - "Drugstore Cowboy" and "The Fabulous Baker Boys" were the big winners in the National Society of Film Critics awards voting yesterday at the Hotel Algonquin. Each film got three awards, but "Drugstore Cowboy," a bemused, unjudgmental and comic addict's-eye-view of life starring Matt Dillon, got the big ones. It won as Best Film, and Gus Van Sant Jr. took the Best Director award and shared the Best Screenplay award with Daniel Yost. Their screenplay was based on a soon-to-be-published autobiographical novel by James Fogle, who has spent much of his adult life behind bars for stealing drugs in and around Portland, Ore., as the film's protagonist does.
"Drugstore Cowboy" bested Paul Mazursky's "Enemies: A Love Story" and Brian De Palma's "Casualties of War" in the Best Film voting. Van Sant outdistanced Mazursky and Spike Lee ("Do the Right Thing") as Best Director. Steve Soderbergh ("sex, lies and videotape") and [Steve Kloves] finished second and third, respectively, in the Best Screenplay voting.