In a surprise move, the traditionally indie-skewing New York Film Critics Circle chose a veritable blockbuster — The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King — as the top film of 2003. Bill Murray was named best actor for Lost in Translation and Hope Davis won best actress for American Splendor and The Secret Lives of Dentists. The New York Film Critics Online, meanwhile, singled out Lost in Translation as the year's best movie.