Phoenix Film Critics

2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013


Best Picture
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Director
Peter Jackson ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’

Best Actor
Ben Kingsley ‘House of Sand and Fog’

Best Actress
Naomi Watts ’21 Grams’

Best Supporting Actor
Alec Baldwin ‘The Cooler’

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Clarkson ‘Pieces of April’

Best Ensemble Acting
21 Grams

Best Original Screenplay
In America

Best Adapted Screenplay
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Overlooked Must See Film
Pieces of April

Best Animated Film
Finding Nemo

Best Foreign Language Film
City of God

Best Original Song
Time Enough for Tears ‘In America’

Best Original Score
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Use of Previously Published or Recorded Music
School of Rock

Best Cinematography
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Film Editing
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Production Design
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Costume Design
Down With Love

Best Visual Effects
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Makeup
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Breakout Performance – On Screen
Evan Rachel Wood ‘Thirteen’

Best Breakout Performance – Behind the Camera
Sophia Coppola ‘Lost in Translation’

Best Performance by a Youth – Male
Brett Kelly ‘Bad Santa’

Best Performance by a Youth – Female
Sarah Bolger ‘In America’

FILM AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR 2003

Best Picture
Finding Nemo
In America
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lost in Translation
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Best Director
Sofia Coppola ‘Lost in Translation’
Peter Jackson ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’
Jim Sheridan ‘In America’
Gore Verginski ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’
Peter Weir ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’

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’
Bill Murray ‘Lost in Translation’
Sean Penn ’21 Grams’

Best Actress
Scarlett Johansson ‘Lost in Translation’
Scarlett Johansson ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’
Diane Keaton ‘Something’s Gotta Give’
Naomi Watts ’21 Grams’
Evan Rachel Wood ‘Thirteen’

Best Supporting Actor
Sean Astin ‘Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’
Alec Baldwin ‘The Cooler’
Benicio del Toro ’21 Grams’
Tim Robbins ‘Mystic River’
Ken Watanabe ‘The Last Samurai’

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Clarkson ‘Pieces of April’
Hope Davis ‘American Splendor’
Holly Hunter ‘Thirteen’
Emma Thompson ‘Love Actually’
Renee Zellweger ‘Cold Mountain’

Best Ensemble Acting
A Mighty WInd
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Love Actually
The Station Agent
21 Grams

Best Original Screenplay
In America
Lost in Translation
Pieces of April
Thirteen
21 Grams

Best Adapted Screenplay
American Splendor
Big Fish
House of Sand and Fog
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

The Overlooked Must See Film
A Mighty Wind
Down With Love
Pieces of April
Shattered Glass
The Station Agent

Best Live Action Family Film
Elf
Freaky Friday
Holes
Peter Pan
Secondhand Lions

Best Animated Film
Brother Bear
Finding Nemo
Looney Tunes Back in Action

Best Foreign Language Film
Barbarian Invasions
City of God
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Man on the Train
Swimming Pool

Best Original Song
Here’s to Love ‘Down With Love’
Into the West ‘Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’
Man of the Hour ‘Big Fish’
Time Enough for Tears ‘In America’
You Will Be My Ain True Love ‘Cold Mountain’

Best Original Score
A Mighty Wind
Big Fish
Cold Mountain
The Last Samurai
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Use of Previously Published or Recorded Music
American Splendor
Elf
Love Actually
Mona Lisa Smile
School of Rock

Best Cinematography
Cold Mountain
The Last Samurai
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Winged Migration

Best Film Editing
American Splendor
Kill Bill, Volume 1
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
21 Grams

Best Production Design
Down With Love
Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Last Samurai
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Best Costume Design
Down With Love
The Last Samurai
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

Best Visual Effects
Kill Bill, Volume 1
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Matirx Revolutions
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Best Makeup
Big Fish
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Singing Detective
Underworld

Best Breakout Performance – On Screen
Peter Dinklage ‘The Station Agent’
Scarlett Johansson ‘Lost In Translation’
Kiera Knightly ‘Bend It Like Beckham’
Keira Knightly ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’
Evan Rachel Wood ‘Thirteen’

Best Breakout Performance – Behind the Camera
Sophia Coppola ‘Lost in Translation’
Peter Hedges ‘Pieces of April’
Tom McCarthy ‘The Station Agent’
Vadim Perelman ‘House of Sand and Fog’
Nikki Reed ‘Thirteen’

Best Performance by a Youth – Male
Brett Kelly ‘Bad Santa’
Shia LaBeouf ‘Holes’
Max Pirkis ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’
Thomas Sangster ‘Love Actually’
Jeremy Sumpter ‘Peter Pan’

Best Performance by a Youth – Female
Emma Bolger ‘In America’
Sarah Bolger ‘In America’
Jenna Boyd ‘The Missing’
Keisha-Castle Hughes ‘Whale Rider’
Evan Rachel Wood ‘Thirteen’

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