"Annie Hall," Woody Allen's semiautobiographical comedy about the love affair between a pair of urban neurotics, portrayed by Diane Keaton and Allen himself, dominated the 11th annual awards poll of the national Society of Film Critics.Named best movie of 1977 by the organization, whose members represent more than 2 dozen national periodicals and metropolitan newspapers, "Annie Hall" also won the best actress award for Keaton and the screeplay award for Allen and co-writer Marshall Brickman.
Art Carney was chosen best actor for his performance as the ailing private eye in "The Late Show." The awards for supporting performances went to Edward Fox as the charismatic armored commander, Gen Brian Horrocks. in "A Bridgy Too Far," and Ann Wedgworth as a small town waitress in "Handle With Care," a comedy about the CB radio craze originally released under the title "Citizens' Band."
The venerable Spanish filmmaker Luis Bunuel was chosen best director for "That Obscure Object of Desire," scheduled to open here Wednesday at the K.B Baronet West and Cerberus. Thomas mauch, who photographed the Werner Herzog allegory "Aquirre, the Wrath of God," won the cinematography award.
"Annie Hall" was trailed in the best-picture balloting by "That Obscure Object" and Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Spielberg and Allen were runners-up for best direction. Keaton's principal competition came from Shelley Duvall in "3 Women" and Jane Fonda in "Julia."
The funners-up for supporting actor were Bill Macy in "The Late Show," David Hemmings in "Islands in the Stream" and Maximilian Schell in "Julia." Wedgworth edged a colleague for "Handle With Care," Marcia Rodd, as well as Sissy Spacek in "3 Women."