Oscar season has begun in earnest, with a number of groups announcing their year-end awards. Take note, and start drawing up those Oscar...

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Oscar season has begun in earnest, with a number of groups announcing their year-end awards. Take note, and start drawing up those Oscar pools: Academy Award nominations will be announced Jan. 31, in anticipation of Oscar night on March 5.

The New York Film Critics Circle Monday named the cowboy romance “Brokeback Mountain” as the year’s top film.

Ang Lee was best director for “Brokeback,” in which Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play cowboys who find forbidden, unexpected love in Wyoming in 1963.

Best-actor honors went to Ledger; Reese Witherspoon took best actress for playing June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line.”

Two co-stars from the thriller “A History of Violence” received supporting-actor honors from the New York critics: William Hurt and Maria Bello.

The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures gave its best-picture award Monday to “Good Night, and Good Luck,” George Clooney’s sparse, black-and-white depiction of Edward R. Murrow’s on-air battles against Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

The group named Ang Lee as best director for “Brokeback Mountain.”

Top acting honors went to Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in “Capote” and Felicity Huffman as a preoperative transsexual in “Transamerica.”

Supporting acting honors went to Jake Gyllenhaal for “Brokeback” and Gong Li for “Memoirs of a Geisha.” “Mrs. Henderson Presents” received the ensemble acting award.

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has chosen “Brokeback Mountain,” 2005’s best film. Ang Lee was named best director.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman won for “Capote”; Vera Farmiga best actress for “Down to the Bone”; supporting actors were Catherine Keener for “Capote” and William Hurt for “A History of Violence.”

The New York Film Critics Online picked “The Squid and the Whale,” a dark comedy about divorce, as best picture.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was chosen best actor for “Capote” and Keira Knightley best actress for “Pride and Prejudice.”

Supporting-actors were Oliver Platt for “Casanova” and Amy Adams for “Junebug.”

The best-director award went to Fernando Meirelles for the African conspiracy thriller “The Constant Gardener.”

The Critics Choice Awards nominations have been announced, and “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crash” lead the pack.

“Brokeback” earned eight, including best film, best director for Ang Lee and best actor for Heath Ledger. “Crash” got six including best film, best director for Paul Haggis and best acting ensemble.

“Capote,” “Walk the Line” and the boxing film “Cinderella Man” had four nominations each, including best film.

The others for best-film are “The Constant Gardener,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Munich,” period drama “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “King Kong.”

Other best-director nominees were Clooney (“Good Night”), Spielberg (“Munich”), Peter Jackson (“King Kong”) and Ron Howard (“Cinderella Man”).

Best-actor nominees also include Philip Seymour Hoffman for “Capote,” Joaquin Phoenix in “Walk the Line,” David Strathairn in “Good Night,” Russell Crowe for “Cinderella Man” and Terrence Howard in “Hustle & Flow.”

Best-actress nominees were Reese Witherspoon for “Walk the Line,” Dame Judi Dench in “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” Joan Allen with “The Upside of Anger,” Felicity Huffman for “Transamerica,” Keira Knightley in “Pride & Prejudice” and Charlize Theron for “North Country.”

The American Film Institute has named its selections for the 2005 AFI Awards:

“Brokeback Mountain,” “Capote,” “Crash,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “A History of Violence,” “King Kong,” “Munich,” “The Squid and the Whale” and “Syriana.”

The TV list includes: “24,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Deadwood,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House,” “Lost,” “Rescue Me,” “Sleeper Cell,” “Sometimes in April” and “Veronica Mars.”

Compiled from The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and Reuters