Oscar 2004

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2004 Winners & Nominees

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1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,527,663 | Gross: $377.85M

WINNER - : ★Best Picture ★Best Director - Peter Jackson ★Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ★Best Art Direction-Set Decoration ★Best Costume Design ★Best Sound Mixing ★Best Film Editing ★Best Visual Effects ★Best Makeup ★Best Music, Original Song (Annie Lenox - "Into The West") ★Best Music, Original Score (Howard Shore)

2. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 380,602 | Gross: $44.59M

WINNER - : ★Best Writing, Original Screenplay NOMINEE - ☆Best Picture ☆Best Actor in a Leading Role - Bill Murray ☆Best Director - Sofia Coppola

3. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy

Votes: 191,728 | Gross: $93.93M

WINNER - : ★Best Cinematography ★Best Sound Editing NOMINEE - ☆Best Picture ☆Best Director - Peter Weir ☆Best Art Direction-Set Decoration ☆Best Costume Design ☆Best Sound Mixing ☆Best Film Editing ☆Best Visual Effects ☆Best Makeup

4. Mystic River (2003)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

84 Metascore

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Emmy Rossum

Votes: 394,467 | Gross: $90.14M

WINNER - : ★Best Actor in a Leading Role - Sean Penn ★Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Tim Robbins NOMINEE - ☆Best Picture ☆Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Marcia Gay Harden ☆Best Director - Clint Eastwood ☆Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

5. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 63,785 | Gross: $120.28M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Picture ☆Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ☆Best Cinematography ☆Best Art Direction-Set Decoration ☆Best Costume Design ☆Best Sound Mixing ☆Best Film Editing

6. Cold Mountain (2003)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

73 Metascore

In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 133,607 | Gross: $95.64M

WINNER - : ★Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Renée Zellweger NOMINEE - ☆Best Actor in a Leading Role - Jude Law ☆Best Cinematography ☆Best Film Editing ☆Best Music, Original Song (T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello - "Scarlet Tide") ☆Best Music, Original Song (Sting - "You Will Be My Ain True Love") ☆Best Music, Original Score (Gabriel Yared)

7. House of Sand and Fog (2003)

R | 126 min | Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her house's new owners.

Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher

Votes: 62,516 | Gross: $13.01M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Actor in a Leading Role - Ben Kingsley ☆Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Shohreh Aghdashloo ☆Best Music, Original Score (James Horner)

8. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

63 Metascore

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 975,533 | Gross: $305.41M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Actor in a Leading Role - Johnny Depp ☆Best Sound Mixing ☆Best Sound Editing ☆Best Visual Effects ☆Best Makeup

9. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 126,718 | Gross: $34.47M

WINNER - : ★Best Actress in a Leading Role - Charlize Theron

10. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 37,910 | Gross: $20.78M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Actress in a Leading Role - Keisha Castle-Hughes

11. Something's Gotta Give (2003)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet

Votes: 105,116 | Gross: $124.73M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Actress in a Leading Role - Diane Keaton

12. 21 Grams (2003)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Danny Huston

Votes: 215,030 | Gross: $16.25M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Actress in a Leading Role - Naomi Watts ☆Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Benicio Del Toro

13. In America (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Hounsou, Sarah Bolger

Votes: 39,290 | Gross: $15.54M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Actress in a Leading Role - Samantha Morton ☆Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Djimon Hounsou ☆Best Writing, Original Screenplay

14. The Cooler (2003)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation.

Director: Wayne Kramer | Stars: William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin, Shawn Hatosy

Votes: 31,284 | Gross: $8.24M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Alec Baldwin

15. The Last Samurai (2003)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, War

55 Metascore

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

Votes: 375,646 | Gross: $111.11M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Ken Watanabe ☆Best Art Direction-Set Decoration ☆Best Costume Design ☆Best Sound Mixing

16. Pieces of April (2003)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

Director: Peter Hedges | Stars: Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt, Patricia Clarkson, Derek Luke

Votes: 19,445 | Gross: $2.53M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Patricia Clarkson

17. Thirteen (2003)

R | 100 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Vanessa Hudgens

Votes: 76,584 | Gross: $4.60M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Holly Hunter

18. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 657,039 | Gross: $7.56M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Director - Fernando Meirelles ☆Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ☆Best Cinematography ☆Best Film Editing

19. Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sophie Okonedo, Sergi López

Votes: 39,003 | Gross: $8.11M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Writing, Original Screenplay

20. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

90 Metascore

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 886,532 | Gross: $380.84M

WINNER - : ★Best Animated Feature NOMINEE - ☆Best Writing, Original Screenplay ☆Best Sound Editing ☆Best Music, Original Score (Thomas Newman)

21. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau, Marie-Josée Croze

Votes: 27,202 | Gross: $3.43M

WINNER - : ★Best Foreign Language Film NOMINEE - ☆Best Writing, Original Screenplay

22. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

Votes: 45,964 | Gross: $6.00M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

23. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 68,896 | Gross: $11.63M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Cinematography ☆Best Art Direction-Set Decoration ☆Best Costume Design

24. A Mighty Wind (2003)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Music

81 Metascore

Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer

Votes: 24,552 | Gross: $17.51M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Music, Original Song (Michael McKean, Annette O'Toole - "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow")

25. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

PG-13 | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Viegas

Votes: 48,389 | Gross: $7.00M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Music, Original Song ( - "Belleville Rendez-Vous") ☆Best Animated Feature

26. Big Fish (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

Votes: 394,611 | Gross: $66.26M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Music, Original Score (Danny Elfman)

27. Harvie Krumpet (2003)

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Kamahl, John Flaus, Julie Forsyth

Votes: 7,895

WINNER - : ★Best Short Film, Animated

28. Boundin' (2003)

G | 5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A sheep dances proudly in his southwestern landscape, until one day his wool is sheared and he is left naked. He's depressed and shy, until a cheerful jackalope comes along and shows him how to leap proudly and not to be ashamed.

Directors: Bud Luckey, Roger Gould | Star: Bud Luckey

Votes: 11,920

NOMINEE - ☆Best Short Film, Animated

29. Destino (2003)

PG | 7 min | Animation, Short

To a song of love lost and rediscovered, a woman sees and undergoes surreal transformations. Her lover's face melts off, she dons a dress from the shadow of a bell and becomes a dandelion, ... See full summary »

Director: Dominique Monfery | Stars: Jennifer Esposito, Dora Luz

Votes: 3,728

NOMINEE - ☆Best Short Film, Animated

30. Gone Nutty (2002 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Only one sweet and shiny little acorn separates Scrat, the tireless prehistoric sabre-toothed squirrel, from the perfect stash of provisions. However, when enough is enough?

Director: Carlos Saldanha | Star: Chris Wedge

Votes: 3,493

NOMINEE - ☆Best Short Film, Animated

31. Nibbles (2003)

4 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A family goes on a fishing trip, but makes a lot of stops along the way.

Director: Christopher Hinton | Stars: Paul Hinton, Max Hinton, Christopher Hinton

Votes: 283

NOMINEE - ☆Best Short Film, Animated

32. Two Soldiers (2003)

Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Drama, War

Mississippi, just before Pearl Harbor. Two brothers, Pete, about 19 and Willie, about 10 years younger. They are clearly close friends. The news arrives, and Pete goes to enlist. Willie ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Jonathan Furr, Ben Allison, Ron Perlman, David Andrews

Votes: 293

WINNER - : ★Best Short Film, Live Action

33. (A)Torzija (2003)

15 min | Short, Drama

A singing group, trying to escape war-torn Sarajevo, has to wait for a tunnel to clear. While they wait, a cow has difficulty giving birth because of the "torsion" affecting its calf (i.e.,... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Arsenijevic | Stars: Davor Janjic, Admir Glamocak, Emina Muftic, Mirjana Sajinovic

Votes: 307

NOMINEE - ☆Best Short Film, Live Action

34. Most (2003)

29 min | Short, Drama

A poetic and powerful story of a father forced to choose between love and duty.

Director: Bobby Garabedian | Stars: Vladimír Javorský, Linda Rybová, Ladislav Ondrej, Ester Geislerová

Votes: 1,519

NOMINEE - ☆Best Short Film, Live Action

35. The Red Jacket (2002)

20 min | Short, Drama

A German father's soccer-playing son is hit by a car and dies. The father donates the boy's red jacket to charity, where it ends up in war-torn Sarajevo. The boy's parents are killed, and ... See full summary »

Director: Florian Baxmeyer | Stars: Nikola Jankovic, Ulrich Noethen, Catrin Striebeck, Oliver Masucci

Votes: 171

NOMINEE - ☆Best Short Film, Live Action

36. Squash (2002)

27 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Two businessmen, Alexandre and his boss, play a game of squash. The game escalates from "fun" to fairly high stakes, as both players demonstrate that squash is a mental game, not just a physical game.

Director: Lionel Bailliu | Stars: Malcolm Conrath, Eric Savin

Votes: 199

NOMINEE - ☆Best Short Film, Live Action

37. Chernobyl Heart (2003)

39 min | Documentary, Short

This Academy Award-winning documentary takes a look at children born after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster who have been born with a deteriorated heart condition.

Director: Maryann DeLeo | Stars: William Novick, Adi Roche

Votes: 679

WINNER - : ★Best Documentary, Short Subjects

38. Asylum (II) (2003)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Baba, a young Ghanaian woman, goes in search of her father for his blessing on her impending marriage. This turns to a nightmare as he insists she a different man, and that she undergo ... See full summary »

Director: Sandy McLeod

Votes: 28

NOMINEE - ☆Best Documentary, Short Subjects

39. Ferry Tales (2003)

40 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary that focuses on the daily meetings between a group of commuters in the women's room of the Staten Island Ferry.

Director: Katja Esson

Votes: 56

NOMINEE - ☆Best Documentary, Short Subjects

40. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,955 | Gross: $4.20M

WINNER - : ★Best Documentary, Features

41. Cuban Rafters (2002)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

The story of Cuban refugees who risked their lives in homemade rafts to reach the United States, and what life is like for those who succeed.

Directors: Carles Bosch, Josep Maria Domènech | Stars: Guillermo Armas, Maria Celeste Arraras, Rafael Cano, Fidel Castro

Votes: 555

NOMINEE - ☆Best Documentary, Features

42. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 22,700 | Gross: $3.12M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Documentary, Features

43. My Architect (2003)

116 min | Documentary, Biography

81 Metascore

Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.

Director: Nathaniel Kahn | Stars: Edmund Bacon, Edwina Pattison Daniels, Balkrishna Doshi, Frank Gehry

Votes: 2,971 | Gross: $2.75M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Documentary, Features

44. The Weather Underground (2002)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War

77 Metascore

The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

Directors: Sam Green, Bill Siegel | Stars: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange, Evan White

Votes: 3,317 | Gross: $0.56M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Documentary, Features

45. Evil (2003)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A teenage boy expelled from school for fighting arrives at a boarding school where the systematic bullying of younger students is encouraged as a means to maintain discipline, and decides to fight back.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Andreas Wilson, Henrik Lundström, Gustaf Skarsgård, Linda Zilliacus

Votes: 33,999 | Gross: $0.02M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Foreign Language Film

46. The Twilight Samurai (2002)

129 min | Drama, History, Romance

82 Metascore

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing clan loyalties, 2 young daughters, an aged mother, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi

Votes: 20,839

NOMINEE - ☆Best Foreign Language Film

47. Twin Sisters (2002)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance, War

Twin Sisters is an epic love story based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo that has been read by more than 3.5 million readers in Holland and Germany.

Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Ellen Vogel, Gudrun Okras, Thekla Reuten, Nadja Uhl

Votes: 6,228 | Gross: $0.00M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Foreign Language Film

48. Zelary (2003)

R | 150 min | Drama, Romance, War

66 Metascore

A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life ... See full summary »

Director: Ondrej Trojan | Stars: Anna Geislerová, György Cserhalmi, Ivan Trojan, Jaroslava Adamová

Votes: 3,179 | Gross: $0.33M

NOMINEE - ☆Best Foreign Language Film

49. Brother Bear (2003)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy