"L.A. Confidential" continued its popularity with American critics yesterday, as the Boston Society of Film Critics presented the movie with four top awards for best picture, director, screenplay, and supporting actor. The noirish film about police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles has also won top honors from National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
The Boston critics cited the film as the best picture, with "The Sweet Hereafter," which opens on Christmas, and "Donnie Brasco" as runners-up. "L.A. Confidential" helmer Curtis Hanson won the directing prize, with Atom Egoyan of "The Sweet Hereafter" and Mike Newell of "Donnie Brasco" as runners-up. Hanson shared the screenplay award with Brian Helgeland, with Kevin Smith of "Chasing Amy" and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck of "Good Will Hunting" as runners-up. Kevin Spacey, one of the cops in "L.A. Confidential," won for best supporting actor, with Burt Reynolds of "Boogie Nights" and Robert Downey Jr. of "One Night Stand" as runners-up.