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The Critics' Choice

The votes are in -- for some, at least. A guide to the year's early awards.

CRITICS

[A] National Board of Review [B] New York Film Critics Circle [C] Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association [D] Boston Society of Film Critics [E] Seattle Film Critics [F] Southeastern Film Critics Association

PICTURE

[A] 'Mystic River' [B] 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' [C] 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' [D] 'Mystic River' [E] 'American Splendor' [F] 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'

DIRECTOR

[A] Edward Zwick, 'The Last Samurai' [B] Sofia Coppola, 'Lost in Translation' [C] Peter Jackson, 'The Return of the King' [D] Sofia Coppola, 'Lost in Translation' [E] Sofia Coppola, 'Lost in Translation' [F] Peter Jackson, 'The Return of the King'

ACTOR

[A] Sean Penn,'Mystic River' & '21 Grams' [B] Bill Murray, 'Lost in Translation' [C] Bill Murray, 'Lost in Translation' [D] Bill Murray, 'Lost in Translation' [E] Bill Murray, 'Lost in Translation' [F] Bill Murray, 'Lost in Translation'

ACTRESS

[A] Diane Keaton, 'Something's Gotta Give' [B] Hope Davis, 'American Splendor' & 'Secret Lives of Dentists' [C] Naomi Watts, '21 Grams' [D] Scarlett Johansson, 'Lost in Translation' [E] Hope Davis, 'American Splendor' [F] Naomi Watts, '21 Grams'

SUPPORTING ACTOR

[A] Alec Baldwin, 'The Cooler' [B] Eugene Levy, 'A Mighty Wind' [C] Benicio Del Toro, '21 Grams' [D] Peter Sarsgaard, 'Shattered Glass' [E] Sean Astin, 'The Return of the King' [F] Tim Robbins, 'Mystic River'

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

[A] Patricia Clarkson, 'Pieces of April' & 'Station Agent' [B] Shohreh Aghdashloo, 'House of Sand and Fog' [C] Anna Deavere Smith, 'The Human Stain' [D] Patricia Clarkson, 'Pieces of April' & 'Station Agent' [E] Marcia Gay Harden, 'Mystic River' [F] Renee Zellweger, 'Cold Mountain'

SCREENPLAY

[A] 'Cold Mountain' & 'In America' [B] 'The Secret Lives of Dentists' [C] 'Lost in Translation' & 'Mystic River' [D] 'American Splendor' [E] 'Lost in Translation' & 'American Splendor' [F] 'Lost in Translation' & 'Mystic River'

FOREIGN FILM

[A] 'The Barbarian Invasions' [B] 'City of God' [C] No award [D] 'The Triplets of Belleville' [E] 'The Man on the Train' [F] 'City of God'

Oftentimes my TASTES run a bit on the not-terribly-commercial

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Oftentimes my TASTES run a bit on the not-terribly-commercial side. So sometimes my agent will say, ''I read this script, I hate it, you'll LOVE it.'' But she really loved ['Sand and Fog'] too.

Originally posted Jan 09, 2004 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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