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"Rings," "Kill Bill," "Mystic" Win Online Critics Awards

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Jan 07, 2004 | 8:50am EST

The Online Film Critics Society, the international professional association of Internet-based film journalists, bestowed nine awards to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in the 7th annual OFCS Awards on Tuesday.

Return of the King was named best picture; best director for Peter Jackson; best adapted screenplay award for Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh; and best original score honors for Howard Shore. The epic, the third and final installment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, also won technical awards for achievements in cinematography, art direction, costume design, sound and visual effects.

Lost in Translation won two awards: Sofia Coppola for best original screenplay and Bill Murray for best actor, while Naomi Watts was named best actress for her role in 21 Grams. Peter Sarsgaard won best supporting actor for Shattered Glass while Shohreh Aghdashloo won best supporting actress for House of Sand and Fog.

The Brazilian drama City of God was named best foreign language film, Capturing the Friedmans won best documentary prize and Finding Nemo took home the best animated feature award.

Helmers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini shared the breakthrough filmmaker prize for their direction of American Splendor, while New Zealand newcomer Keisha Castle-Hughes won the breakthrough performance prize for her film debut in Whale Rider.

The OFCS, founded in 1997, consists of 146 Internet-based film journalists from the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia/the Pacific Rim.

Here is a complete list of winners:

Best Picture

City of God (Producers: Mauricio Andrade Ramos & Andrea Barata Ribeiro)

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (Producer: Lawrence Bender)

Winner! The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Producers: Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne & Fran Walsh)

Lost in Translation (Producers: Sofia Coppola & Ross Katz)

Mystic River (Producers: Clint Eastwood, Judie Hoyt & Robert Lorenz)

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, 21 Grams

Quentin Tarantino, Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Winner! Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

Clint Eastwood, Mystic River

Best Actor

Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Paul Giamatti, American Splendor

Ben Kingsley, House of Sand and Fog

Winner! Bill Murray, Lost in Translation

Sean Penn, Mystic River

Best Actress

Angela Bettis, May

Scarlett Johannson, Lost in Translation

Charlize Theron, Monster

Uma Thurman, Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Winner! Naomi Watts, 21 Grams

Best Supporting Actor

Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Alec Baldwin, The Cooler

Tim Robbins, Mystic River

Winner! Peter Sarsgaard, Shattered Glass

Andy Serkis, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Supporting Actress

Winner! Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog

Maria Bello, The Cooler

Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April

Holly Hunter, Thirteen

Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain

Best Original Screenplay

Guillermo Arriaga, 21 Grams

Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan & Naomi Sheridan, In America

Quentin Tarantino, Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Winner! Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

Thomas McCarthy, The Station Agent

Best Adapted Screenplay

Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, American Splendor

Don Coscarelli, Bubba Ho-Tep

Winner! Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Frances Walsh, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Brian Helgeland, Mystic River

Billy Ray, Shattered Glass

Best Cinematography

Eduardo Serra, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Robert Richardson, Kill Bill: Vol. 1

John Toll, The Last Samurai

Winner! Andrew Lesnie, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Olli Barbé, Michel Benjamin, Sylvie Carcedo-Dreujou, Laurent Charbonnier, Luc Drion, Laurent Fleutot, Philippe Garguil, Dominique Gentil, Bernard Lutic, Thierry Machado, Stéphane Martin, Fabrice Moindrot, Ernst Sasse, Michel Terrasse & Thierry Thomas, Winged Migration

Best Original Score

RZA, Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Hans Zimmer, The Last Samurai

Winner! Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Brian Reitzell & Kevin Shields, Lost in Translation

Klaus Badelt, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Best Documentary

Winner! Capturing the Friedmans

The Fog of War

Lost In La Mancha

Spellbound

Winged Migration

Best Foreign Language Film

The Barbarian Invasions

Winner! City of God

Irreversible

The Man Without a Past

The Triplets of Belleville

Breakthrough Filmmaker

Winner! Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, American Splendor

Niki Caro, Whale Rider

Fernando Meirelles, City of God

Billy Ray, Shattered Glass

Peter Sollett, Raising Victor Vargas

Breakthrough Performance

Winner! Keisha Castle-Hughes, Whale Rider

Peter Dinklage, The Station Agent

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dirty Pretty Things

Keira Knightley, Bend It Like Beckham

Cillian Murphy, 28 Days Later

Best Animated Feature

Cowboy Bepop: The Movie

Winner! Finding Nemo

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Millennium Actress

The Triplets of Belleville

Best Visual Effects

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Winner! The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

X2: X-Men United

Best Art Direction

Down with Love

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Winner! The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Best Costume Design

Down with Love

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Winner! The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Best Sound

28 Days Later

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Winner! The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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