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2003 Reel Awards

[Best Picture (overall)]  [Voter's perspective]  [Children's Movie]  [Drama]  [Action]  [Comedy]  [Actor]  [Actress]  [Supporting Actor]  [Supporting Actress]  [Director]  [Chick]  [Screenplay]  [Musical Score]  [Special Effects]  [Costumes and Scenery] 

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Reel Movie of the Year (Best Picture Overall):
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - the great trilogy comes to a glorious end

poster from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Honorable Mention:
Finding Nemo - Pixar creates yet another masterpiece
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - a swashbuckling adventure that is most entertaining
Elf - an instant holiday classic

Worst Picture (overall):
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - I think they left out the "extraordinary" part

poster from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Dishonorable Mention:
Timeline - bad story, bad plausibility, bad acting, ...
The Cat in the Hat - Mike Meyers ruins Dr. Seuss's classic
Best Picture from the Voter's perspective:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Honorable Mention:
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Shanghai Knights

Worst Picture from the Voter's perspective:
The Cat in the Hat

Dishonorable Mention:
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Best Children's Movie:
Finding Nemo - my daughter has the whole thing practically memorized

poster from Finding Nemo

Honorable Mention:
Elf - for children of all ages

Worst Children's Movie:
The Cat in the Hat - I can't imagine anyone truly enjoying this movie

poster from The Cat In The Hat

Best Drama:
The Last Samurai - though the overall mood of the film is somber, it is inspiring as well

poster from The Last Samurai

Honorable Mention:
Cold Mountain - one of the best supporting casts ever assembled

Worst Drama:
Best Action:
The Matrix Reloaded - though some say it was too much, I couldn't get enough of it

picture from The Matrix Reloaded

Honorable Mention:
X2: X-Men United - the action sequences in here were very original, thrilling, and exciting
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - it's hard to beat the battle on the fields of Pelennor
The Last Samurai - excellent choreography

Worst Action:
Timeline - the action in this movie actually made me sleepy

poster from Timeline
Dishonorable Mention:
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - what? there was action?
Best Comedy:
Elf - Will Ferrell is hysterical as an Elf-raised human

poster from Elf

Honorable Mention:
Shanghai Knights - Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan team up once again

Worst Comedy:
The Cat in the Hat - Mike Meyers should be ashamed of himself

poster from The Cat In The Hat

Dishonorable Mention:
Anger Management - you'd think Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson would be a great pair...you'd think but you'd be wrong

Best Actor:
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - an unforgettable performance that seems to have the ladies swooning

picture from Pirates of the Caribbean:  The Curse of the Black Pearl

Honorable Mention:
Tom Cruise as Captain Nathan Algren in The Last Samurai - Cruise shows us an Algren who is transformed from a washed out alcoholic into a Samurai warrior worthy of honor - he acted, fought, and spoke Japanese in this film all of which were done very well
Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in Elf - who else could have pulled this off? Ferrell's child-like enthusiasm is contagious in this movie

Worst Actor:
Paul Walker as Chris Johnston in Timeline - his character is meaningless

Best Actress:
Nicole Kidman as Ada Monroe in
Cold Mountain - she didn't have much competition in leading female roles

picture from Cold Mountain

Best Supporting Actor:
Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa in
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - he was admirably erudite yet wickedly evil, but fun to watch through and through

Honorable Mention:
Ian McKellen as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - it just wouldn't be the same without him
Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian in The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions - I'll never forget his line, "I love to curse in French. It's like wiping your ass with silk."
Ken Watanabe as Katsumoto in The Last Samurai - whether you think of him as friend or foe, you think of him with respect
Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Sam is the true hero of this story. It's his shoulders upon which Frodo can stand.

Worst Supporting Actor:
Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves in James Bond: Die Another Day - can you say "overactor"?

picture from James Bond: Die Another Day
Best Supporting Actress:
Natalie Portman as Sara in
Cold Mountain - her role is brief, but the memory of it lasts forever

picture from Cold Mountain

Honorable Mention:
Kathy Baker as Sally in Cold Mountain - the transformation of her character is remarkable and sad
Renée Zellweger as Ruby in Cold Mountain - she's fun to watch as a back-woods girl who doesn't take crap from anybody Liv Tyler as Arwen in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - whether speaking Elvish or remaining silent, she communicates directly and effectively with the expression of her beautiful face

Worst Supporting Actress:
I'm happy to report that there weren't really any bad actresses this year
Director:
Peter Jackson -
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Jackson's accomplishment with this trilogy is unrivaled
Worst Director:
Richard Donner - Timeline - this accomplished director really screwed up here. The movie has no flow and seems illogical at times

Hottest Chick:
Natalie Portman as Sara in
Cold Mountain - Natalie, will you marry me?

picture from Cold Mountain

Honorable Mention:
Liv Tyler as Arwen in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - whether speaking Elvish or remaining silent, she communicates directly and effectively with the expression of her beautiful face

picture from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Miranda Otto as Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - she is so beautiful and so sad which makes her so much more beautiful, for there truly is beauty in sadness

Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost in James Bond: Die Another Day - is she good or evil? Who cares? She's hot!

picture from James Bond: Die Another Day

Marisa Tomei as Linda in Anger Management - she is one of the all time babes

picture from Anger Management

Fann Wong as Chon Lin in Shanghai Knights - a babe who can fight...that's my kind of chick!

Scariest Chick:
Peta Wilson as Mina Harker from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - she is a vampire chick which is very scary, but she's still quite hot

picture from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Honorable Mention:
Kristanna Loken as Terminator T-X in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - although she's nice to look at, I wouldn't want to be on the same planet with her

Best Screenplay:
Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio for
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - it's adventuresome, scary, funny and marvelously well done
Worst Screenplay:
Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff SchafferThe Cat in the Hat - But for Alec, Jeff, and Dave, It seems no sane critic would ever rave.
Best Musical Score:
Howard Shore -
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Shore's score is not a bore, but leaves us begging for more
Worst Musical Score:
Nothing really stuck out this year as being bad, musically, which is a good thing
Best Special Effects or Animation:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - one look at Gollum and you're a believer

Honorable Mention:
Brother Bear - such beautiful landscapes...wow
X2: X-Men United - amazing mutants and dazzling sequences The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions - we can't take these for granted, for they've raised the bar significantly in the area of special effects

Worst Effects:
Timeline - this movie would have been a LOT better with some decent special effects, especially during the time traveling
Best Costumes and Scenery:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - no other movie could even come close to matching the splendorous beauty of New Zealand nor the elegance and intricacy of costumes for all manner of people and creatures of Middle Earth

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