Peter Jackson and his fellowship led the race Saturday at the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.’s ninth annual Critics’ Choice Awards.
The 182-member org — repping TV, radio and online film critics Stateside and in Canada — heaped four nods upon “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”: picture, acting ensemble, director and composer (Howard Shore). Jackson accepted his nod via satellite from New Zealand, where he is editing the director’s cut of the film. “For those of you who thought ‘Return of the King’ was too short, I’m giving you more,” he said.
Kudocast, which aired live on E!, was held at the BevHills Hotel. Eric McCormack hosted the evening, which brought out a bevy of nominees as well as Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Clint Eastwood. Sean Penn was on hand to present the nod to his “Mystic River” helmer.
“I would have liked to accept the younger actor award tonight, but that girl in ‘Whale Rider’ really was great,” said Eastwood, referring to thesp Keisha Castle-Hughes’ win earlier in the night for the under-21 set.
In all, the BFCA awarded films in 16 categories.
“Mystic River” took two kudos, for actor (Sean Penn) — aside from Eastwood, Penn received the only ovation of the night — and supporting actor (Tim Robbins). Charlize Theron took home the actress nod for “Monster,” while an absent Renee Zellweger nabbed supporting actress for “Cold Mountain.”
Other winners were Jim Sheridan, and daughters Kirsten Sheridan and Naomi Sheridan, screenplay, “In America”; “Finding Nemo,” animated feature; “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” family film; “Angels in America,” made-for; “The Barbarian Invasions,” foreign-lingo; “A Mighty Wind,” Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Eugene Levy, song; and “Capturing the Friedmans,” docu.
Also on hand Saturday was the commander of “Master and Commander,” Peter Weir, who received the Lexus Passion in Film Award, presented to him by Paul Bettany.