Sofia Coppola's Lost InTranslation won three prizes as theToronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) announced its awards for 2003. Thedramatic comedy won best picture, best male performance for Bill Murray, andbest screenplay for Coppola, who shared the prize in that category withCanadian auteur Denys Arcand for The Barbarian Invasions.
Peter Jackson was twicehonoured for The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King: a Special Citation for his overall work on the LOTRtrilogy, a consolation prize he didn't need, given that he also won the prizefor Best Direction.
David Cronenberg's 2002title Spider won the prize forBest Canadian Film while Miranda Richardson earned the Best SupportingPerformance, Female award for her performance in three roles in that film. Asurprise choice was Samantha Morton for Best Performance, Female for her workin Lynne Ramsay's 2002 Morvern Callar.
Two Sundance 2003competitors were recipients: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's GrandPrize winner American Splendorwon for Best First Feature while
The TFCA added two new awards categories in 2003; Best Animated Film,
awarded to Pixar's Finding Nemo andBest Foreign Language Film, which went to City Of God, directed by Brazilian filmmakers Katia Lund andFernando Meirelles.
The TFCA is a group of 29journalists representing the four major Toronto dailies, several weeklies,various magazines and a variety of electronic media.
To be eligible for a TFCAaward, a film must have made its theatrical debut
in Toronto during the calendar year. The TFCA Awards will be presented at adinner in January 2003.
TFCA 2003 winners list infull:
Best Film: Lost In Translation (OdeonFilms)
Best Performance, Male: Bill Murray, Lost In Translation
Best Performance, Female: Samantha Morton, Morvern Callar
Best Supporting Performance, Male: Peter Sarsgaard, Shattered Glass
Best Supporting Performance, Female: Miranda Richardson, Spider
Best Screenplay (Tie): Denys Arcand, The Barbarian Invasions, Sofia Coppola, Lost In Translation
Best Director: Peter Jackson, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Best Documentary: Capturing TheFriedmans, Andrew Jarecki
Best Canadian Film: Spider, DavidCronenberg
Best First Feature: American Splendor, Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Best Foreign-Language Film: CityOf God, Katia Lund, FernandoMeirelles (Brazil)
Best Animated Film : Finding Nemo, Pixar Animation Studios
Special Citation: To Peter Jackson for his work on the Lord Of The Rings trilogy as a whole.