Jackson, ‘King’ top Dallas crix list

'Cold Mountain' follows in second place

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Assn. added another honor to the list being assembled by Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” Tuesday, citing the epic for best film and director distinctions in the org’s 2003 roundup.

The concluding chapter of New Line’s Tolkien trilogy topped a list of the year’s ten best films per the North Texas group’s 63 broadcast and print critics, followed in second place by Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain.”

Remaining top ten, in descending order, are “Mystic River,” “Lost in Translation,” “Finding Nemo,” “American Splendor,” “In America,” “Big Fish,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” and “The Last Samurai.”

Minghella came in third for the group’s best director honor, behind Jackson and “Mystic River” helmer Clint Eastwood. The top trio was trailed by Sofia Coppola for “Lost in Translation” and Tim Burton for “Big Fish.”

Best actor was Sean Penn for “Mystic River,” followed by Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”), Ben Kingsley (“House of Sand and Fog”), Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Paul Giamatti (“American Splendor”).

Charlize Theron picked up a best actress nod for “Monster,” trailed by Nicole Kidman (“Cold Mountain”), Diane Keaton (“Something’s Gotta Give”), Scarlett Johansson (“Lost in Translation”) and Naomi Watts (“21 Grams”).

Supporting actor honors went to Alec Baldwin in “The Cooler.” Runners-up were Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”), Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”), Albert Finney (“Big Fish”) and Peter Sarsgaard (“Shattered Glass”).

Renee Zellweger headed the supporting actress category for “Cold Mountain,” with Patricia Clarkson (“Pieces of April”), Marcia Gay Harden (“Mystic River”), Holly Hunter (“Thirteen”) and Ludivine Sagnier (“Swimming Pool”) rounding out the top five.

Brazilian gangland saga “City of God” was named best foreign-language film, “Finding Nemo” scored best animated feature and “Capturing the Friedmans” added another best documentary honor to its long kudos roster.

Named for the late Dallas Morning News film critic, the Russell Smith Award for best low-budget or cutting-edge independent feature went to “American Splendor.”

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