Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Runners Up:
2. Cold Mountain
3. Mystic River
4. Lost in Translation
5. Finding Nemo
6. American Splendor
7. In America
8. Big Fish
9. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
10. The Last Samurai

Sean Penn/Mystic River

Runners Up:
2. Bill Murray/Lost in Translation
3. Ben Kingsley/House of Sand and Fog
4. Johnny Depp/Pirates of the Caribbean
5. Paul Giamatti/American Splendor

Charlize Theron/Monster

Runners Up:
2. Nicole Kidman/Cold Mountain
3. Diane Keaton/Something’s Gotta Give
4. Scarlett Johansson/Lost in Translation
5. Naomi Watts/21 Grams

Alec Baldwin/The Cooler

Runners Up:
2. Tim Robbins/Mystic River
3. Ken Watanabe/The Last Samurai
4. Albert Finney/Big Fish
5. Peter Sarsgaard/Shattered Glass

Renee Zellweger/Cold Mountain

Runners Up:
2. Patricia Clarkson/Pieces of April
3. Marcia Gay Harden/Mystic River
4. Holly Hunter/Thirteen
5. Ludivine Sagnier/Swimming Pool

Peter Jackson/The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Runners Up:
2. Clint Eastwood/Mystic River
3. Anthony Minghella/Cold Mountain
4. Sofia Coppola/Lost in Translation
5. Tim Burton/Big Fish

City of God

Runners Up:
2. The Barbarian Invasions
3. The Triplets of Belleville
4. Together
5. Man on the Train

Capturing the Friedmans

Runners Up:
2. The Fog of War
3. Winged Migration
4. Spellbound
5. To Be and to Have

Finding Nemo

Andrew Lesnie/The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

RUSSELL SMITH AWARD (best low budget or cutting edge independent film)
American Splendor

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch