THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING has been voted the best film
of 2003 by the influential NEW YORK FILM CRITICS' CIRCLE.
The selection has surprised many, as the critical group - made up by
writers from New York's major newspapers and magazines - usually votes for
independent, art-house films.
And now movie insiders are saying The Return Of The King will clean up at
the OSCARS in February (04).
Chairman ANDREW JOHNSTONE says, "It's just beautifully made, it's pure
cinema, it does everything.
"It's got amazing, epic scope to the drama, to the battle scenes, a lot of
strong emotional stuff, really complex, well-rendered characters and effective
comic relief where it needs it."
MOVIE AWARDS author TOM O'NEILL says, "This pushes Lord of the Rings to
the Oscar forefront.
"The critics usually go for little indie movies. When they go for the
blockbusters, like THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS or SCHINDLER'S LIST, they usually
go all the way."
Elsewhere, LOST IN TRANSLATION picked up the best director award for SOFIA
COPPOLA and best actor recognition for BILL MURRAY.