Chicago Critics Applaud Famous, Tiger

Cameron Crowe's vintage rock flick Almost Famous didn't get much in the way of Oscar nominations, garnering just four nods, but the bittersweet film swept the 13th annual Chicago Film Critics Awards, held at Chicago's Shakespeare Theater on Monday.

Almost Famous and the martial arts fable Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon each charmed critics in the Windy City, earning four awards apiece.

Almost Famous took home best picture, best screenplay, and best supporting actress prizes (the latter for Frances McDormand), as well as the most promising actor award for wide-eyed teen actor Patrick Fugit. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won for best foreign-language film, best cinematography, best original score, and most promising actress (Zhang Ziyi).

Oscar favorite Tom Hanks earned the actor trophy for Cast Away, Ellen Burstyn took best actress honors for Requiem for a Dream, and Golden Globe winner Benicio Del Toro won the best supporting actor award for Traffic.

Other winners included The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and The Filth and the Fury, which tied for best documentary, and dual Oscar nominee Steven Soderbergh, who won the best director award for Traffic.

Reuters contributed to this story.