New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the third and final installment in director Peter Jackson‘s fantasy epic trilogy, leads the nominations in the 2003 Online Film Critics Society awards with 11, including best picture, director and supporting actor for Sean Astin and Andy Serkis.
The Return of the King also received noms in the adapted screenplay, cinematography, original score, visual effects, art direction, costume design and sound categories.
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), Ben Kingsley (House of Sand and Fog) Paul Giamatti (American Splendor), Sean Penn (Mystic River) Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), were nominated in the actor competition.
Supporting actress nominees are Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain), Maria Elana Bello (The Cooler), Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April), Holly Hunter (Thirteen) and Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog).
The Online Film Critics Society is a body of film journalists, scholars and historians whose work appears online. Winners in all 19 categories will be announced Jan. 5.