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. (The pic sneaks into 2,000 theaters at midnight tonight before officially opening tomorrow.) 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. Meanwhile, the New York Film Critics Online and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle singled out Lost in Translation as the year's best movie.
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