Chicago Film Critics

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Best Picture
The 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
Bill Murray
Lost in Translation

Best Actress
Charlize Theron

Best Supporting Actor

Tim Robbins
Mystic River

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Clarkson
Pieces of April

Best Screenplay
Sofia Coppola
Lost in Translation

Best Cinematographer
Lance Acord
Lost in Translation

Best Foreign-Language Film
City of God
Katia Lund and Fernando Meirelles

Best Documentary
The Fog of War
Errol Morris

Most Promising Performer
Keisha Castle-Hughes
Whale Rider

Best Music Score
Howard Shore
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Most Promising Filmmaker
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
American Splendor


American Splendor
Finding Nemo
Lost in Translation
Mystic River
Return of the King
The Barbarian Invasions
City of God
The Man Without a Past
The Son
The Triplets of Belleville
Tim Burton-Big Fish
Sofia Coppola-Lost in Translation
Clint Eastwood-Mystic River
Peter Jackson-Return of the King
Peter Weir-Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini-American Splendor
Sofia Coppola-Lost in Translation
Brian Helgeland-Mystic River
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson-Return of the King
Guillermo Arriaga-21 Grams
Johnny Depp-Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Paul Giamatti-American Splendor
Ben Kingsley-House of Sand and Fog
Bill Murray-Lost in Translation
Sean Penn-Mystic River
Keisha Castle-Hughes-Whale Rider
Hope Davis-American Splendor
Scarlett Johansson-Lost in Translation
Charlize Theron-Monster
Naomi Watts-21 Grams

Sean Astin-Return of the King
Alec Baldwin-The Cooler
Benicio Del Toro-21 Grams
Tim Robbins-Mystic River
Peter Sarsgaard-Shattered Glass
Andy Serkus-Return of the King

Patricia Clarkson-Pieces of April
Ellen DeGeneres-Finding Nemo
Marcia Gay Harden-Mystic River
Holly Hunter-Thirteen
Miranda Richardson-Spider
Renee Zellweger-Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain-John Seale
Girl With a Pearl Earring-Eduardo Serra
Lost in Translation-Lance Acord
Master and Commander-Russell Boyd and Sandy Sissel
Return of the King-Andrew Lesnie
Winged Migration-the entire flock

Big Fish-Danny Elfman
Cold Mountain-Gabriel Yared
The Fog of War-Philip Glass
Return of the King-Howard Shore
The Triplets of Belleville-Benoit Charest

Capturing the Freidmans
The Fog of War
Lost in La Mancha
Winged Migration

Keisha Castle-Hughes-Whale Rider
Peter Dinklage-The Station Agent
Chiwetel Ejiofor-Dirty Pretty Things
Sarah Bolger-In America
Emma Bolger-In America

Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini-American Splendor
Niki Caro-Whale Rider
Andrew Jarecki-Capturing the Friedmans
Vadim Perelman-House of Sand and FogBilly Ray-Shattered Glass

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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