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What do hobbits, clownfish and accused child molesters have in common? They've all been singled out for praise by the Florida Film Critics Circle. As 2003 dwindled to a close, a voting body of 16 Sunshine State reviewers (including Orlando Weekly's Steve Schneider) pronounced "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" the year's best picture, topping a list of honors that also included "Finding Nemo" as best animated feature and "Capturing the Friedmans" as best documentary. (In a further display of the FFCC's critical acumen, no one seems to have confused the three.) Here's a full list of winners in all 14 categories.

2003 FFCC AWARD WINNERS

Best picture: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

Best actor: Sean Penn, "Mystic River" and "21 Grams"

Best actress: Naomi Watts, "21 Grams"

Best supporting actor: Tim Robbins, "Mystic River"

Best supporting actress: Patricia Clarkson, "Pieces of April" and "The Station Agent"

Best director: Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best screenplay: Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

Best cinematography: Andrew Lesnie, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best foreign-language film: The Man on the Train (France)

Pauline Kael Breakout Award: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (writers-directors, American Splendor)

Best ensemble acting: A Mighty Wind

Best animated feature: Finding Nemo

Best documentary: Capturing the Friedmans

Golden Orange for Outstanding Contribution to Film: Cinematique of Daytona, "for inaugurating its film festival with an impressive program of new and classic films."


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