King, Nemo Click With Broadcast Crits

In what master of ceremonies Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) joked was the "first of 350 award shows to be held in the next six weeks," The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was named best pic of 2003 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association over the weekend.

Thanks to the re-jiggered and shorter award season this year, the BFCA’s Critic’s Choice Awards are getting a little more attention this year care of its first live TV broadcast. The previous years’ broadcasts were edited and tape-delayed weeks later.

Peter Jackson’s epic third chapter won four awards–Best Picture, Best Director, Best Acting Ensemble and Best Composer for Howard Shore. In doing so, Return of the King became the most kudo’d film of the 2004 ceremony.

For those fans with bookies, the CCA Best Pic pick has been right on target with the Oscar Best Pic for the past four years. Academy members are currently in the middle of completing their Oscar voting.

Jackson, appearing via satellite from New Zealand, accepted his awards saying, “When I look back at The Lord of the Rings, I will remember the hard work and the friendship.”

Among other awards, Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo was named Best Animated Feature, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl got Best Family Film (live action), Magnolia Pictures’ Capturing the Friedmans took Best Documentary, Miramax’s The Barbarian Invasions was named Best Foreign Language Film and HBO’s Angels in America was honored with the award for Best Picture Made for Television.