Broadway's Amy Ryan is Critical Darling as Film Awards Season Starts

News   Broadway's Amy Ryan is Critical Darling as Film Awards Season Starts Two-time Tony Award-nominated actress Amy Ryan is earning more and more praise for her film turn in "Gone Baby Gone."
Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Following a 2007 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, Ryan has also picked up the same honor from The New York Film Critics Circle, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, The Boston Society of Film Critics and The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association.

Ryan is a Broadway veteran of A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya (both Tony-nominated turns) as well as The Women, The Three Sisters and The Sisters Rosensweig. She has also been seen on stage in On the Mountain, Crimes of the Heart, Saved and As Bees in Honey Drown. The actress also earned praise for work in the film "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."

Also among the names collecting honors are directors Joel and Ethan Coen (DC and NY) for their film "No Country for Old Men" (as well as the film itself in Boston, DC, NY and SF). Ethan Coen's Almost an Evening — featuring three short plays — is scheduled to hit the stage of the Atlantic Theater Company in January 2008.

Javier Bardem, who is slated to star as Guido in the forthcoming Rob Marshall movie musical take on "Nine," is earning praise (in the Supporting Actor category for Boston and DC) for his work in the aforementioned Coen film. His upcoming "Nine" co-star, Marion Cotillard, won Best Actress honors (in Boston and LA) for "La Vie en Rose." Julie Christie (Uncle Vanya) won Best Actress awards (in DC, NY and SF) for "Away From Her."

The Boston Society of Film Critics honored Tony Award winner Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Fortune's Fool) with the Best Actor award for "Starting Out in the Evening." The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association chose The Farnsworth Invention playwright Aaron Sorkin for Best Adapted Screenplay for his "Charlie Wilson's War." Tamara Jenkin's "The Savages" — which features stage stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney and Philip Bosco —  received Best Original Screenplay by The San Francisco Film Critics Circle. Hoffman, along with Ryan, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney and their "Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead" co-stars, were named Best Ensemble Cast from the Boston critics.