Sofia Coppola's Lost InTranslation was named best pictureof 2003 by The San Francisco Film Critics Circle today (Dec 15).
Best director honours wentto Peter Jackson for his trilogy finale The Return Of The King, while the 20-person group voted Bill Murray bestactor for his role as a disillusioned semi-retired actor in Lost InTranslation and Charlize Theron bestactress for her role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Patty Jenkins' Monster, which opens in the US on Dec 26.
Peter Sarsgaard won bestsupporting actor for his role as a crusading editor who exposes a lyingjournalist in Billy Ray's Shattered Glass, while Patricia Clarkson won best supporting actress for her role as acaustic mother with cancer in Peter Hedges' Pieces Of April.
Andrew Jarecki's CapturingThe Friedmans won best documentaryhonours in a strong year for non-fiction films. It tells the story of a LongIsland family's disintegration set against a background of paedophilia, publichysteria and flawed memories.
Best foreign film honourswent to Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Flemish drama The Son (Le Fils).
Aleksandr Sokurov's RussianArk, which was famously shot in asingle take and technically opened in 2002, won a special citation called theBetter Late Than Never award.
The group also announced a newannual honour, the Marlon Riggs Award, which each year will go to a Bay Areafilm-maker and is named after the late documentarian and UC Berkeley GraduateSchool of Journalism professor.