2003 National Society of Film Critics Awards

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38th NSFC Awards

January 3, 2004

Best Film:
American Splendor

The 38th National Society of Film Critics Awards, given on 3 January 2004, honored the best in film for 2003.[1][2][3]


Clint Eastwood, Best Director winner
Bill Murray, Best Actor winner
Charlize Theron, Best Actress winner
Peter Sarsgaard, Best Supporting Actor winner
Patricia Clarkson, Best Supporting Actress winner

Best Picture[edit]

1. American Splendor
2. Mystic River
3. Lost in Translation

Best Director[edit]

1. Clint EastwoodMystic River
2. Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
3. Sofia CoppolaLost in Translation

Best Actor[edit]

1. Bill MurrayLost in Translation
2. Sean PennMystic River
3. Paul GiamattiAmerican Splendor

Best Actress[edit]

1. Charlize TheronMonster
2. Hope DavisAmerican Splendor and The Secret Lives of Dentists
3. Naomi Watts21 Grams

Best Supporting Actor[edit]

1. Peter SarsgaardShattered Glass
2. Tim RobbinsMystic River
3. Alec BaldwinThe Cooler

Best Supporting Actress[edit]

1. Patricia ClarksonPieces of April and The Station Agent
2. Maria BelloThe Cooler
3. Shohreh AghdashlooHouse of Sand and Fog

Best Screenplay[edit]

1. Shari Springer Berman and Robert PulciniAmerican Splendor
2. Brian HelgelandMystic River
3. Craig LucasThe Secret Lives of Dentists

Best Cinematography[edit]

1. Russell BoydMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World
2. Lance AcordLost in Translation
3. Harris SavidesElephant

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

1. The Man Without a Past (Mies vailla menneisyyttä)
2. The Triplets of Belleville (Les triplettes de Belleville)
3. Unknown Pleasures (Rèn xiāo yáo)

Best Non-Fiction Film[edit]

1. To Be and to Have (Être et avoir)
2. The Fog of War
3. Spellbound

Film Heritage Awards[edit]

  1. Kino on Video for its excellent DVD collections of F. W. Murnau, Erich von Stroheim, and the American Film Theatre Series
  2. Milestone Film & Video for its exemplary theatrical and/or DVD presentations of Michael Powell's The Edge of the World, Rupert Julian's The Phantom of the Opera, E. A. Dupont's Piccadilly, André Antoine's La Terre, and Mad Love, the films of Yevgeni Bauer.


  1. ^ Rooney, David (4 January 2004). "'Splendor' in awards mix". Variety. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ King, Susan (4 January 2004). "Critics Group Names 'American Splendor' Top Film". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  3. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (5 January 2004). "National Film Critics Group Names "American Splendor" Top Film of '03". IndieWire. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

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