Best Picture

Studio: Paramount (domestic), Miramax (international)

Producers: Scott Rudin, Robert Fox

Nominations: Nine

2003 wins: Golden Globe (drama), National Board of Review

Box office: $22 million (as of 2/9)

Rudin on “The Hours”: “I felt that the notion of being able to bounce around between three stories and, in a way, to tell one story through three characters was a fascinating, exciting challenge. The interior nature of it never seemed like it was going to be an obstacle to me.”

What we said: “Screenwriter David Hare, director Stephen Daldry and the outstanding cast are on the novel’s wavelength, and try to represent it as faithfully and sensitively as possible. On the whole, the important dramatic moments have been absorbingly rendered and the intricate balancing act among the three stories has been well managed.”

– Todd McCarthy (Dec. 11)

What others said: “If the progression of the three stories shows anything, it demonstrates that personal freedom expanded greatly during the decades involved, but human responsibilities and guilts remained the governing facts of life.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

This could be the night: A Golden Globe victory and a cast that includes three of today’s most well-regarded actresses might move voters.

Then comes the rub: The plot is rather bleak and it’s femme-skewed storyline may not strike a strong chord with male voters.

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