Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Recognized by their peers



Awards from movie-industry guilds - including the writers, directors, actors and producers who also vote for the Oscars - can offer clues to how insiders are thinking. The Producers Guild of America, for instance, has already chosen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as the year's best. Here are the films tapped as the best work of 2003 in the specialty areas of three key guilds. Asterisks indicate Oscar nominees.

WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA

(Awards ceremony Feb. 21)

Best Original Screenplay

Bend It Like Beckham

Dirty Pretty Things*

In America*

Lost In Translation*

The Station Agent

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Splendor*

Cold Mountain

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King*

Mystic River*

Seabiscuit*

DIRECTORS GUILD

OF AMERICA

(Awards ceremony Feb. 7) Sofia Coppola, Lost In Translation*

Clint Eastwood, Mystic River*

Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King*

Gary Ross, Seabiscuit

Peter Weir, Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World*

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD

(Awards ceremony 8 p.m. Feb. 22, TNT)

Actor

Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean *

Peter Dinklage, The Station Agent

Ben Kingsley, House of Sand and Fog*

Bill Murray, Lost in Translation*

Sean Penn, Mystic River*

Actress

Patricia Clarkson, The Station Agent

Diane Keaton, Something's Gotta Give*

Charlize Theron, Monster*

Naomi Watts, 21 Grams*

Evan Rachel Wood, Thirteen

Supporting Actor

Alec Baldwin, The Cooler*

Chris Cooper, Seabiscuit

Benicio Del Toro, 21 Grams*

Tim Robbins, Mystic River*

Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai*

Supporting Actress

Maria Bello, The Cooler

Keisha Castle-Hughes, Whale Rider**

Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April*

Holly Hunter, Thirteen*

Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain

** Oscar nomination as lead actress.




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