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2002   <   SHADOWS AWARDS   >   2004
B E S T   F I L M   o f   2 0 0 3 :
THE RETURN OF THE KING (Peter Jackson)
2. American Splendor (Berman & Pulcini)
3. Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
4. The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet)
5. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
6. Whale Rider (Niki Caro)
7. Kill Bill Vol 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
8. Spellbound (Jeff Blitz)
9. Irreversible (Gaspar Noe)
10. The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy)
11. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
12. Holes (Andrew Davis)
13. Buffalo Soldiers (Gregor Jordan)
14. 11'09"01 September 11 (Iñarritu, Makhmalbaf, et al)
15. Bad Santa (Terry Zwigoff)
16. X2 (Bryan Singer)
17. Young Adam (David Mackenzie)
18. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
19. In America (Jim Sheridan)
20. Monster (Patty Jenkins)
21. Intacto (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo)
22. Japanese Story (Sue Brooks)
23. Pirates of the Caribbean (Gore Verbinski)
24. The Fog of War (Kevin Macdonald)
25. The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand)
return of the king The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King

Peter Jackson brings his three-film saga to a stunningly powerful conclusion -- intimate drama, gruelling suspense, astonishing spectacle, complex insight. This is masterful filmmaking that redefines the blockbuster and channels all of its technological inventiveness into the tiniest character and story detail. Has another film on this scale ever had such a deeply personal punch? Could any Hollywood filmmaker come close to this film's combination of artistic and commercial success? I wonder....
26. Pure (Gillies MacKinnon)
27. Seabiscuit (Gary Ross)
28. Big Fish (Tim Burton)
29. 21 Grams (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu)
30. Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki)
31. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton)
32. The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan)
33. Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald)
34. Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella)
35. Peter Pan (PJ Hogan)
36. Pieces of April (Peter Hedges)
37. Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (Lone Scherfig)
38. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
39. The Mother (Roger Michell)
40. Save the Green Planet (Jun-hwan Jeong)
R E A D E R   C H O I C E :   B E S T   F I L M
T H E   R E T U R N   O F   T H E   K I N G
2. American Splendor
3. Lost in Translation
4. Kill Bill Vol 1
5. Mystic River
6. The Triplets of Belleville
7. Finding Nemo
8. Elephant
9. Whale Rider
10. Spellbound
11. The Station Agent
12. Big Fish
13. City of God
14. In America
15. Irreversible
16. Pirates of the Caribbean
17. Secretary
18. Holes
19. Buffalo Soldiers
20. X2
D I R E C T O R :
SHARI SPRINGER BERMAN & ROBERT PULCINI
(American Splendor)
W R I T E R :
ROBERT PULCINI & SHARI SPRINGER BERMAN
(American Splendor)
american splendor 2. Peter Jackson (The Return of the King)
3. Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
4. David Mackenzie (Young Adam, The Last Great Wilderness)
5. Gus Van Sant (Elephant)
6. Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill Vol 1)
7. Gaspar Noe (Irreversible)
8. Clint Eastwood (Mystic River)
9. Tian Zhuangzhuang (Springtime in a Small Town)
10. Patty Jenkins (Monster)
american splendor 2. Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson (The Return of the King)
3. Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
4. Denys Arcand (The Barbarian Invasions)
5. Niki Caro (Whale Rider)
6. John Requa, Glenn Ficarra (Bad Santa)
7. Lone Scherfig, Anders Thomas Jensen (Wilbur)
8. Hanif Kurieshi (The Mother)
9. Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent)
10. Catherine Hardwicke, Nikki Reed (Thirteen)
R E A D E R  C H O I C E :   D I R E C T O R
PETER JACKSON (The Return of the King)
2. Tim Burton (Big Fish)
3. Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
4. Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini (American Splendor)
5. Clint Eastwood (Mystic River)
R E A D E R   C H O I C E :   W R I T E R
FRAN WALSH, PHILIPPA BOYENS, PETER JACKSON (The Return of the King)
2. Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
3. Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent)
4. Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor)
5. Brian Helgeland (Mystic River)
A C T R E S S :
TONI COLLETTE
(Japanese Story, Dirty Deeds)
A C T O R :
BILL MURRAY
(Lost in Translation)
collette 2. Charlize Theron (Monster)
3. Naomi Watts (21 Grams, Le Divorce, Ned Kelly)
4. Sarah Polley (My Life Without Me)
5. Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider)
6. Charlotte Rampling (Swimming Pool, Summer Things, The Statement)
7. Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Girl With a Pearl Earring)
8. Cate Blanchett (Veronica Guerin, The Missing)
9. Nicole Kidman (Cold Mountain, The Human Stain)
10. Tilda Swinton (Young Adam, The Statement)
murray 2. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean, Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
3. Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, Elf)
4. Ewan McGregor (Young Adam, Big Fish, Down With Love)
5. Harry Eden (Pure)
6. Sean Penn (Mystic River, 21 Grams)
7. Jamie Sives (Wilbur)
8. Daniel Craig (The Mother, Sylvia)
9. Jude Law (Cold Mountain)
10. Joel Edgerton (The Hard Word, Ned Kelly)
R E A D E R  C H O I C E :   A C T R E S S
SCARLETT JOHANSSON (Lost in Translation, Girl With a Pearl Earring)
2. Charlize Theron (Monster)
3. Nicole Kidman (Cold Mountain, The Human Stain)
4. Naomi Watts (21 Grams, Le Divorce)
5. Toni Collette (Japanese Story)
R E A D E R   C H O I C E :   A C T O R
BILL MURRAY (Lost in Translation)
2. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean, Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
3. Sean Penn (Mystic River, 21 Grams)
4. Ewan McGregor (Big Fish, Young Adam, Down With Love)
5. Jude Law (Cold Mountain)
S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S :
PATRICIA CLARKSON
(Pieces of April, The Station Agent,
All the Real Girls, The Safety of Objects)
S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R :
SEAN ASTIN
(The Return of the King)
clarkson 2. Holly Hunter (Thirteen)
3. Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Casa de los Babys, Mona Lisa Smile)
4. Jessica Lange (Big Fish)
5. Geraldine McEwan (Pure, The Magdalene Sisters, Food of Love)
6. Miranda Otto (The Return of the King)
7. Joan Cusack (The School of Rock, Looney Tunes Back in Action)
8. Ludivine Sagnier (Small Cuts, Swimming Pool, Peter Pan)
9. Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain, White Oleander, Down With Love)
10. Jenna Boyd (The Missing)
astin 2. Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass)
3. Seth Green (Party Monster)
4. Timothy Spall (The Last Samurai, Nicholas Nickleby)
5. Ian McKellen (X2, The Return of the King)
6. Benicio Del Toro (21 Grams)
7. Paul Bettany (Master & Commander)
8. Jon Voight (Holes)
9. Tom Courtenay (Nicholas Nickleby)
10. Billy Boyd (Return of the King, Master & Commander)
R E A D E R   C H O I C E :   S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S
PATRICIA CLARKSON (Pieces of April, The Station Agent)
2. Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Casa de los Babys)
3. Hope Davis (American Splendor)
4. Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain, Down With Love)
5. Emma Thompson (Love Actually)
R E A D E R   C H O I C E :   S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R
SEAN ASTIN (The Return of the King)
2. Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai)
3. Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass)
4. Paul Bettany (Master & Commander)
5. Ian McKellen (X2, The Return of the King)
W O R S T   F I L M :
THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
(Stephen Norrington)
S I N G L E :
12:51
(The Strokes)
LXG 2. Gigli (Martin Brest)
3. Uptown Girls (Boaz Yakin)
4. National Security (Dennis Dugan)
5. The Medallion (Gordon Chan)
6. Seeing Double (Nigel Dick)
7. Looney Tunes Back in Action (Joe Dante)
8. Double Whammy (Tom DiCillo)
9. Timeline (Richard Donner)
10. Jeepers Creepers 2 (Victor Salva)
11. Shoreditch (Malcolm Needs)
12. The Matrix Revolutions (Wachowski Brothers)
13. Triggermen (John Bradshaw)
14. The Sin Eater [The Order] (Brian Helgeland)
15. The Cat in the Hat (Bo Welch)
16. The Hot Chick (Tom Brady)
17. A Guy Thing (Chris Koch)
18. The Human Stain (Robert Benton)
19. Hope Springs (Mark Herman)
20. Swept Away (Guy Ritchie)

R E A D E R   C H O I C E :   W O R S T   F I L M
GIGLI
2. Daredevil
3. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
4. Uptown Girls
5. National Security
6. The Matrix Revolutions
7. The Medallion
8. Bad Boys II
9. The Cat in the Hat
10. Jeepers Creepers 2
WORST COMIC BOOK MOVIE: (tie) Hulk and Daredevil
WORST JACKIE CHAN MOVIE OF THE YEAR: The Medallion
2. The Tuxedo
MOST ONE-SIDED DOCUMENTARY: Comandante (Oliver Stone)
WORST CASTING: Ben Affleck as a mob thug (Gigli)
2. Brittany Murphy as a comedian (Just Married, Uptown Girls)
3. Anthony Hopkins as a black man (The Human Stain)
LEAST-SPECIAL EFFECTS: Bruce Almighty
also: Charlie's Angels Full Throttle, The Core, Gods & Generals.

the strokes 2. Hey Ya (Outkast)
3. Fortune Faded (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
4. Out of Time (Blur)
5. Mad World (Gary Jules and Michael Andrews)
6. Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
7. Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)
8. God Is a DJ (Pink)
9. Cry Me a River (Justin Timberlake)
10. Clocks (Coldplay)
11. Crazy in Love (Beyonce Knowles)
12. Sing for the Moment (Eminem)
13. Family Portrait (Pink)
14. Hole in the Head (Sugababes)
15. Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far) (Thrills)
16. Numb (Linkin Park)
17. Fighter (Christina Aguilera)
18. Reptilia (The Strokes)
19. Work It (Missy Elliott)
20. Slow (Kylie Minogue)
21. Since I Told You It's Over (Stereophonics)
22. Can't Stop (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
23. Milkshake (Kelis)
24. Can't Hold Us Down (Christina Aguilera, Li'l Kim)
25. Miss Independent (Kelly Clarkson)
26. American Life (Madonna)
27. Stole (Kelly Rowland)
28. Songbird (Oasis)
29. Come Undone (Robbie Williams)
30. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Flaming Lips)
T V  S E R I E S :
SIX FEET UNDER (E4)
six feet under 2. The Simpsons (Sky)
3. ER (E4)
4. Sex and the City (E4)
5. Friends (C4)
6. The West Wing (E4)
7. Joan of Arcadia (CBS)
8. The Sopranos (E4)
9. Will & Grace (C4)
10. Absolutely Fabulous (BBC)
S P E C I A L   A W A R D S
back to the top         selected by Shadows readers and contributors . . .
great music: rotk MUSIC: HOWARD SHORE (The Return of the King)
2. Danny Elfman (Big Fish)
3. Hans Zimmer (Matchstick Men)
4. The RZA (Kill Bill Vol 1)
5. Gabriel Yared (Cold Mountain)
MOST HUMMABLE THEME TUNE: Swinging Belleville Rendez-vous (The Triplets of Belleville)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: ANDREW LESNIE (The Return of the King)
2. Russell Boyd (Master & Commander)
3. Philippe Rousselot (Big Fish)
4. John Seale (Cold Mountain)
5. various (Winged Migration)
EDITING: THE RETURN OF THE KING
also: American Splendor, Kill Bill Vol 1, Seabiscuit
cool fx: rotk SPECIAL EFFECTS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2. Master & Commander
3. Pirates of the Caribbean
4. Big Fish
5. The Matrix Revolutions
BEST NON-CGI EFFECT: Uma Thurman kicking butt (Kill Bill)
also: Clarlize Theron's body (Monster), The Polish Brothers (Equilibrium), Keanu Reeves acting (Something's Gotta Give).
PRODUCTION DESIGN: BIG FISH
also: The Return of the King, Kill Bill Vol 1, Pirates of the Caribbean
STUNTS: X2
also: Kill Bill Vol 1, The Return of the King, Master & Commander
BEST ACTION SCENE: Eowyn and Merry vs the Witch King (The Return of the King)
best cast: rotk ENSEMBLE: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2. Mystic River
3. 21 Grams
4. The Magdalene Sisters
5. The Barbarian Invasions
BREAKTHROUGH: KEISHA CASTLE-HUGHES (Whale Rider)
2. Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent)
3. Harry Eden (Pure)
4. Sylvain Chomet (Triplets of Belleville)
5. Nikki Reed (Thirteen)
IN NEED OF A BREAKTHROUGH: Rosario Dawson
SEXIEST SCENE: Christian Bale & Natascha McElhone in a parked car (Laurel Canyon)
2. Nicole Kidman & Jude Law (Cold Mountain)
BEST CHEMISTRY: Bill Murray & Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation)
WORST CHEMISTRY: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez (Gigli)
2. Nicole Kidman & Anthony Hopkins (The Human Stain)
3. Halle Berry & Charles S Dutton (Gothika)
SHOULD BE CHOOSIER: Brendan Fraser
also: Ben Affleck, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy
WORST BUDDY: Martin Lawrence (National Security, Bad Boys II)
WORST ACCENT: Michael Caine (Secondhand Lions)
2. John Malkovich (Johnny English)
underrated: whalerider MOST UNDERRATED: WHALE RIDER
2. Down With Love
3. Bubba Ho-Tep
4. 21 Grams
5. Intolerable Cruelty
MOST OVERRATED: MASTER AND COMMANDER
2. Lost in Translation
3. Mystic River
4. Cold Mountain
5. The Return of the King
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE CORE
2. The School of Rock
3. X2
4. Gothika
5. Bad Santa
BEST SURPRISE: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
also: Terminator 3, Secondhand Lions
WORST SURPRISE: THE HUMAN STAIN
also: The Matrix Revolutions, Le Divorce
affleck: retire SHOULD RETIRE: BEN AFFLECK
also: Sean Connery, Martin Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Wachowski Brothers
MOST SHAMELESS COMEBACK: Demi Moore (Charlie's Angels Full Throttle)
BEST NEW LUST OBJECT: Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever)
also: Tyrese (2 Fast 2 Furious), Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent)
BEST SCENE-STEALING: Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Underworld, I Capture the Castle)
2. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean, Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
3. Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain)
BEST CASTING: Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa)
also: Johnny Depp (in anything)
BEST VILLAIN: William Stryker (X2)
also: The Virus (28 Days Later)
MOST ASTONISHING TRANSFORMATION: Charlize Theron (Monster)
duff: perky PERKIEST ACTOR: Hilary Duff (Agent Cody Banks, Lizzie McGuire Movie)
also: Jamie Lee Curtis (Freaky Friday)
MOPIEST ACTOR: Heath Ledger (The Sin Eater, Ned Kelly)
MOST PRECOCIOUS CHILD: Dakota Fanning (Uptown Girls, The Cat in the Hat)
MOST BELIEVABLE RAGE: Naomi Watts (21 Grams)
LEAST BELIEVABLE RAGE: Eric Bana (Hulk)
LIKE A ROLLING STONE AWARD: Johnny Depp channelling Keith Richards (Pirates of the Caribbean)
EWAN McGREGOR GOLDEN LIGHT SABER AWARD: Michael Pitt (The Dreamers), Mark Ruffalo (In the Cut), Ewan McGregor (Young Adam)
BEST NEW CINEMA TREND: Franchise crossover (Freddy vs Jason, Underworld)
also: Documentary-drama combo (Touching the Void, American Splendor), genre-blending (Kill Bill Vol 1)
BEST DVD: The Adventures of Indiana Jones
BEST POSTER: Kill Bill Vol 1
DESERVED A CINEMA RELEASE: Angels in America
back to the top S H A D O W S   S W E E P S T A K E S   2 0 0 4
the final standings as of 3 Mar 04 with 200 awards tabulated . . .
F I L M
1785 The Return of the King**
1555 Lost in Translation*
1157 Mystic River*
1087 Finding Nemo**
813 American Splendor
717 Capturing the Friedmans*
631 Master and Commander*
577 The Triplets of Belleville*
534 The Barbarian Invasions**
532 In America
D I R E C T O R
846 Peter Jackson (Return of the King)**
465 Clint Eastwood (Mystic River)*
456 Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)*
301 Peter Weir (Master & Commander)*
170 Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain)
S C R E E N P L A Y
723 Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)**
465 Brian Helgeland (Mystic River)*
462 Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson (Return of the King)**
404 Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor)*
323 Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan (In America)*
A C T R E S S
687 Charlize Theron (Monster)**
445 Naomi Watts (21 Grams)*
415 Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Girl With a Pearl Earring)
359 Diane Keaton (Something's Gotta Give)*
256 Nicole Kidman (Cold Mountain, Dogville, Human Stain)
A C T O R
840 Sean Penn (Mystic River, 21 Grams)**
775 Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)*
431 Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean*, Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
336 Ben Kingsley (House of Sand and Fog)*
236 Jude Law (Cold Mountain)*
S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S
612 Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain**, Down With Love)
504 Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April*, Station Agent, All the Real Girls)
358 Holly Hunter (Thirteen)*
296 Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River*, Casa de los Babys, Mona Lisa Smile)
261 Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog)*
S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R
618 Tim Robbins (Mystic River)**
322 Alec Baldwin (The Cooler)*
321 Benicio Del Toro (21 Grams)*
295 Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass)
249 Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai)*
E N S E M B L E
125 The Return of the King
58 Mystic River
52 The Magdalene Sisters
B R E A K T H R O U G H
110 Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider)
90 Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (American Splendor)
64 Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent)
S C O R E
359 Howard Shore (Return of the King)**
232 Gabriel Yared, T Bone Burnett (Cold Mountain)*
159 Hans Zimmer (Last Samurai, Matchstick Men)
S O N G
243 Into the West (Return of the King)**
100 You Will Be My Ain True Love (Cold Mountain)*
92 Time Enough for Tears (In America)
C I N E M A T O G R A P H E R
255 Andrew Lesnie (Return of the King)
184 Russell Boyd (Master & Commander)**
157 Eduardo Serra (Girl With a Pearl Earring)*
P R O D U C T I O N   D E S I G N
357 The Return of the King (Grant Major)**
162 Master & Commander (William Sandell)*
114 Girl With a Pearl Earring (Ben Van Os)*
E F F E C T S
468 The Return of the King**
273 Pirates of the Caribbean*
170 Master and Commander*
E D I T I N G
260 The Return of the King (Jamie Selkirk)**
127 Master & Commander (Lee Smith)*
116 Seabiscuit (William Goldenberg)*
C O S T U M E S
258 The Return of the King (Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor)**
157 The Last Samurai (Ngila Dickson)*
129 Master & Commander (Wendy Stiles)*
W O R S T   F I L M
394 Gigli
207 The Cat in the Hat
184 From Justin to Kelly
159 The Matrix Revolutions
148 Charlie's Angels Full Throttle
129 Daredevil
106 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
92 Uptown Girls
85 Hulk
81 Bad Boys II
Numbers are cumulative points based on Shadows' complex, highly secret scoring system.
* Oscar nominees       ** Oscar winners back to the top
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