Hobbitmania continued among awards groups Monday as ”The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” added kudos from Online Film Critics Society and the Producers Guild of America to its growing list of awards. The Online Film Critics, who had nominated the Tolkien saga for 11 awards, gave it nine, including Best Picture, Best Director (Peter Jackson), and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens).
Also winning big with the Online group was ”Lost in Translation,” which won citations for Best Actor (Bill Murray) and Best Original Screenplay (Sofia Coppola). ”21 Grams”’ Naomi Watts won Best Actress. Peter Sarsgaard of ”Shattered Glass” picked up another Supporting Actor nod, while Iranian-born Shohreh Agdashloo got a boost as Supporting Actress for her role as the immigrant wife of Ben Kingsley’s character in ”House of Sand and Fog.” Nonfiction favorite ”Capturing the Friedmans” won Best Documentary, Brazil’s ”City of God” won Best Foreign Film, and ”Finding Nemo” netted Best Animated Film. The seven-year-old society consists of about 150 reviewers from websites around the world.
”King” was one of six studio epics nominated Monday by the Producers Guild, along with ”Cold Mountain,” ”The Last Samurai,” ”Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” ”Mystic River,” and ”Seabiscuit.” The list was notable for shutting out independent movies that have won critics’ prizes so far (notably, ”Translation” and ”American Splendor”) while reviving the hopes of ”Samurai” and ”Seabiscuit,” which have not fared as well during this awards season. The Producers Guild winner has ultimately won the Best Picture Oscar in 10 of the prize’s 14 years.
The guild also unveiled nominees in several TV categories. Its picks for best drama series were ”Alias,” ”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” ”Six Feet Under,” ”24,” and ”The West Wing.” For best comedy series, it nominated ”Everybody Loves Raymond,” ”Malcolm in the Middle,” ”Sex and the City,” ”Will & Grace,” and (instead of awards perennials ”Friends” or ”Curb Your Enthusiasm”) ”Scrubs.” The Guild’s reality/game/informational show nominees were ”The Amazing Race 4,” ”American Idol,” ”Biography,” ”Project Greenlight,” ”Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and ”Survivor: Pearl Islands.” And for TV movie, the nominees are ”And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” ”Hitler: The Rise of Evil,” ”My House in Umbria,” ”Normal,” and ”The Pentagon Papers.” (What, no ”Angels in America”?) The awards will be presented Jan. 17 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.