Central Ohio Film Critics

2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2010 | 2012

Best Picture
Lost in Translation
Runner up: The Lord of the Rings: TheReturn of the King

Best Director
Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Rrunner up: Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

Best Actor
Sean Penn, Mystic River
Runner up: Bill Murray, Lost in Translation

Best Actress
Charlize Theron, Monster
Runner up: Patricia Clarkson, The Station Agent

Best Supporting Actor
Tim Robbins, Mystic River
Runner up: Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Supporting Actress
Marcia Gay Harden, Mystic River
Runner up: Renée Zellweger, Cold Mountain

Best Original Screenplay
Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation
Runner up: Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, and Kirsten Sheridan, In America

Best Adapted Screenplay
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, American Splendor
Runners up: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Brian Helgeland, Mystic River

Best Cinematography
Eduardo Serra, Girl with a Pearl Earring
Runner up: Andrew Lesnie, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Score
The RZA, Kill Bill Vol. 1
Runner up: Clint Eastwood, Mystic River

Best Foreign-Language Film
City of God
Runners up: Man on the Train and Talk to Her

Best Documentary
Capturing the Friedmans
Runner up: Spellbound

Top Ten Films
1. Lost in Translation
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
3. Mystic River
4. Kill Bill Vol. 1
5. Gerry
6. Finding Nemo
7. House of Sand and Fog
8. The Station Agent
9. Big Fish
10. 21 Grams

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

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~ David Simon