Online Film Critics Name “Rings” Best Film

Director Peter Jackson‘s fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers claimed six awards including best picture and best director in the 2002 Online Film Critics Society Awards, which were announced Monday.

The OFCS also honored The Two Towers for best ensemble acting as well as several technical merits, including best visual effects, editing and sound. The Two Towers is the second installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy The Lord of the Rings, which includes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King.

Todd Haynes picked up best original screenplay for his 1950s drama Far From Heaven, while star Julianne Moore was named the year’s best actress and Dennis Quaid best-supporting actor. The film was also honored for cinematography, art direction and original musical score (Elmer Bernstein).

Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays “Bill the Butcher” in Martin Scorsese’s epic Gangs of New York, claimed the award for best actor and Samantha Morton won best supporting actress award for the sci-fi thriller Minority Report.

The OFCS picked Maggie Gyllenhaal for best breakthrough performance for her role in the romantic comedy Secretary and named Mark Romanek best breakthrough filmmaker for the psychological thriller One Hour Photo.

Michael Moore‘s Bowling For Columbine, which examines America’s love affair with firearms and the pathology of violence in the United States, won best documentary and Mexico’s Y Tu Mama Tambien was named best foreign language film.

The dark film Spirited Away, from Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, won best animated feature and Charlie and Donald Kaufman won best adapted screenplay for the dramatic comedy Adaptation.

The awards are presented by the 132-member Online Film Critics Society, an international professional association of Internet-based film journalists.