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Southeastern critics award ‘Return of the King’

Murray takes Best Actor honors; Naomi Watts named Best Actress
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Southeastern Film Critics Association has named “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” the best film of 2003 and its director, Peter Jackson, has received honors as best director.

“City of God,” from Brazil, was chosen best foreign language film in the association’s 12th annual awards, announced Dec. 22.

Best actor honors went to Bill Murray for “Lost in Translation,” which also won best original screenplay for director Sofia Coppola. Naomi Watts was named best actress for “21 Grams.”

Tim Robbins was voted best supporting actor for “Mystic River,” which earned best adapted screenplay for Brian Helgeland, working from Dennis Lehane’s novel. Renee Zellweger won best supporting actress for “Cold Mountain.”

Andrew Jarecki’s “Capturing the Friedmans” was named best documentary.

The group’s top 10: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “Mystic River,” “Lost in Translation,” “Cold Mountain,” “American Splendor,” “The Station Agent,” “Finding Nemo,” “Seabiscuit,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” and “In America.”

The Southeastern Film Critics Association is composed of print, broadcast and Internet film critics from nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.