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Top 10 List of Movies Released in 2003

And Other Assorted 'Best of' Categories

By

The Last Samurai Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise stars in the epic drama, "The Last Samurai."

Warner Bros. Pictures
9) "The Last Samurai" – I don’t care for action movies, I’m not into battle scenes, and since "Minority Report" and "Vanilla Sky," I haven’t been a big Tom Cruise fan. But during “The Last Samurai” I leaned over to my husband and told him I loved this movie and asked him to remind me when it came time to pick my favorite movies of 2003, to give this film a nod. The production design is gorgeous, the cinematography is first-rate, and 40+ year-old Tom Cruise shows he can still kick some serious butt. "The Last Samurai" deserves a spot on this Top 10 list due to its heady mix of action, drama, romance, and Cruise.

10th Place Tie:
"Shattered Glass" – Mention Hayden Christensen’s name to some critics and they’ll cringe. Christensen’s synonymous with the recent "Star Wars" movie and because of the overall negative reviews of "Attack of the Clones," Christensen has an uphill battle when it comes to credibility as a young actor (I prefer to think of him as Kevin Kline’s son in "Life as a House"). In "Shattered Glass," Christensen shows he’s got the chops to make it outside of "Star Wars." Surrounded by a great supporting cast (Peter Sarsgaard is particularly outstanding), Christensen does a terrific job of making the film’s ‘villain’ into more than a two-dimensional caricature.

"Love Actually" – This earned my title of ‘feel-good romantic comedy of the year.’ Hugh Grant as a bachelor Prime Minister? It shouldn’t work but it does, thanks to an intelligent script and a stellar cast.

Movies That Just Barely Missed Making the Top 10 List:
"Thirteen"
"Seabiscuit"
"My Life Without Me"
"All the Real Girls"
"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"

BEST DIRECTOR:
Peter Jackson – "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
HONORABLE MENTION:
Vadim Perelman - "House of Sand and Fog"
Anthony Minghella - "Cold Mountain"
Catherine Hardwicke - "Thirteen"

BEST ACTRESS:
Tie – Naomi Watts ("21 Grams") and Uma Thurman ("Kill Bill Vol. 1")
HONORABLE MENTION:
Jennifer Connelly - "House of Sand and Fog"
Patricia Clarkson - "The Station Agent"
Cate Blanchett - "Veronica Guerin"

BEST ACTOR:
Johnny Depp – "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"
HONORABLE MENTION:
Jude Law - "Cold Mountain"
Peter Dinklage - "The Station Agent"
Russell Crowe - "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Renee Zellweger – "Cold Mountain"
HONORABLE MENTION:
Patricia Clarkson - "Pieces of April"
Holly Hunter - "Thirteen"
Marcia Gay Harden - "Casa De Los Babys"

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Tie – Peter Sarsgaard ("Shattered Glass") and Djimon Hounsou ("In America")
HONORABLE MENTION:
Albert Finney - "Big Fish"
Paul Bettany - "Master and Commander"
Bill Nighy - "Love Actually"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
"The Station Agent"
HONORABLE MENTION:
"In America"
"Thirteen"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
"Cold Mountain"
HONORABLE MENTION:
"House of Sand and Fog"
"Big Fish"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
"Peter Pan"
HONORABLE MENTION:
"House of Sand and Fog"
"Girl With a Pearl Earring"
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"

BEST EDITING:
"Kill Bill Vol. 1"
HONORABLE MENTION:
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
"Big Fish"
"21 Grams"

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