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Film critic Michael Clark names his top picks for 2005

After seeing hundreds of films released this year, I'm offering up my 10 favorite (though not necessarily the 10 best) movies of 2005:

1. "Syriana"

2. "Brokeback Mountain"

3. "Good Night, and Good Luck."

4. "Proof"

5. "Walk the Line"

6. "Lord of War"

7. "Match Point"

8. "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang"

9. "Sin City"

10. "The Hitchhiker's

Guide to the Galaxy"

Now, the rest of the list. In the major acting and filmmaker categories, I've chosen five (like they do for the Academy Awards) performances that I think deserve special attention. Choices are listed alphabetically, and the star (*) indicates the most outstanding in each category.

Best Lead Actress:

•Joan Allen in "The Upside of Anger"

•Felicity Huffman in "Transamerica"

•Gwyneth Paltrow in "Proof" *

•Charlize Theron in "North Country"

•Reese Witherspoon in "Walk The Line"

Best Lead Actor:

•Ralph Fiennes in "The Constant Gardener"

•Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Capote" *

•Heath Ledger in "Brokeback Mountain"

•Joaquin Phoenix in "Walk The Line"

•David Strathairn in "Good Night, and Good Luck."

Best Supporting Actress:

•Amy Adams in "Junebug" *

•Scarlett Johansson in "Match Point"

•Catherine Keener in "Capote"

•Rachel Weisz in "The Constant Gardener"

•Michelle Williams in "Brokeback

Mountain"

Best Supporting Actor:

•George Clooney in "Syriana"

•Matt Dillon in "Crash"

•Paul Giamatti in "Cinderella Man" *

•Jake Gyllenhaal in "Brokeback Mountain"

•Bob Hoskins in "Mrs. Henderson Presents"

Best Director:

•George Clooney for "Good Night, and Good Luck."

•Steven Gaghan for "Syriana"

•Ang Lee for "Brokeback Mountain" *

•Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino for "Sin City"

•Steven Spielberg for "Munich"

Best Foreign Language Film:

•"Cache" *

•"Downfall"

•"Kung Fu Hustle"

Best Documentary:

•"The Aristocrats"

•"Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" *

•"March of the Penguins"

Best Original Screenplay:

•"Good Night, and Good Luck." *

•"Match Point"

•"The Squid and the Whale"

Best Adapted Screenplay:

•"Brokeback Mountain"

•"Proof"

•"Syriana" *

Best Animated Film:

•"Howl's Moving Castle"

•"Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"

•"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" *