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Movies: “Tom Jones” and “Hud” Win Top Honors from New York Film Critics

Dec. 30, 1963 - Hollywood’s “Hud” and Britain’s “Tom Jones” won top honors today in the 28th annual poll of the New York Film Critics, with the British entry gaining the lion’s share of the prizes. “Tom Jones” was voted the best motion picture of 1963; Albert Finney, who played the title role, was named best actor; and Tony Richardson, the film’s producer-director, won the award for outstanding director. “Hud” was victorious in two categories. Patricia Neal was voted best actress, and the film won the screenwriting award. The screenplay for “Hud,” by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr., was based on Larry McMurtry’s 1961 debut novel, “Horseman, Pass By.” Federico Fellini’s “8½” was judged the finest foreign-language feature. The winners will receive plaques at a private dinner at Sardi’s Restaurant on West 44th Street on Jan. 18.


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