the year-end project:
2017, 201620152014,  20132012
2011, 20102009200820072006200520042003
2002 (Talk to Her, below)... 2001200019991998199719961995
199419931992, 199119901989198819871986198519841983
1982198119801975-791970-741965-691960-641955-591950-54
1940-491930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index


2002: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

  1. Talk to Her (dir: Pedro Almodovar)

  2. Y Tu Mama Tambien (dir: Alfonso Cuarón)

  3. Adaptation. (dir: Spike Jonze)

  4. The Pianist (dir: Roman Polanski)

  5. Bloody Sunday (dir: Peter Greengrass)

  6. Far From Heaven (dir: Todd Haynes)

  7. 25th Hour (dir: Spike Lee)

  8. Hero (dir: Zhang Yimou)

  9. 24 Hour Party People (dir: Michael Winterbottom)

  10. Little Otik (dir: Jan Svankmajer)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): About Schmidt (dir: Alexander Payne), Catch Me if You Can (dir: Steven Spielberg), Femme Fatale (dir: Brian De Palma), Gangs of New York (dir: Martin Scorsese), Insomnia (dir: Christopher Nolan), Minority Report (dir: Steven Spielberg), The Piano Teacher (dir: Michael Haneke), Punch-Drunk Love (dir: Paul Thomas Anderson), Songs from the Second Floor (dir: Roy Andersson), Spider-Man (dir: Sam Raimi) and Unfaithful (dir: Adrian Lyne)

Best Film of the Year: Talk to Her
Director: Pedro Almodovar Producer: Augustin Almodovar
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics


Pedro Almodovar directs Rosario Flores on the set of  Talk to Her

Pedro Almodovar directs Rosario Flores on the set of Talk to Her

Best Director:
1. Pedro Almodovar, Talk to Her
2. Alfonso Cuaron, Y Tu Mama Tambien
3. Spike Jonze, Adaptation.
4. Paul Greengrass, Bloody Sunday
5. Todd Haynes, Far from Heaven

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James Nesbitt in Peter Greengrass'  Bloody Sunday

James Nesbitt in Peter Greengrass' Bloody Sunday

Best Actor:
1. James Nesbitt, Bloody Sunday
2Nicolas Cage, Adaptation.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio, Catch Me if You Can
4. Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt
5. Adrien Brody, The Pianist

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Isabelle Huppert and Benoit Magimel in Michael Haneke's  The Piano Teacher

Isabelle Huppert and Benoit Magimel in Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher

Best Actress:
1. Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher
2. Diane Lane, Unfaithful
3. Julianne Moore, Far from Heaven
4. Thandie Newton, The Truth About Charlie
5. Maribel Verdu, Y Tu Mama Tambien


Brian Cox (right) and Edward Norton in Spike Lee's  25th Hour

Brian Cox (right) and Edward Norton in Spike Lee's 25th Hour

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Brian Cox, 25th Hour
2. Chris Cooper, Adaptation.
3. Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York
4. Barry Pepper, 25th Hour
5. Christopher Walken, Catch Me if You Can


Meryl Streep in Spike Jonze's     Adaptation.

Meryl Streep in Spike Jonze's Adaptation.

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Meryl Streep, Adaptation.
2. Nicole Kidman, The Hours
3. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago
4. Emily Mortimer, Lovely & Amazing
5. Maria Bello, Auto Focus


Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna in Alfonso Cuaron's  Y Tu Mama Tambien

Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna in Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Y Tu Mama Tambien – Alfonso Cuaron and Carlos Cuaron
2. Talk to Her – Pedro Almodovar
3. 24 Hour Party People – Frank Cottrell Boyce
4. Far from Heaven – Todd Haynes
5. Songs from the Second Floor – Roy Andersson


Chris Cooper in Spike Jonze's     Adaptation.

Chris Cooper in Spike Jonze's Adaptation.

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Adaptation. Charlie Kaufman 
2. Little Otik – Jan Svankmajer
3. The Pianist – Ronald Harwood
4. The Piano Teacher – Michael Haneke
5. 25th Hour – David Benioff


Adam Sandler in Paul Thomas Anderson's  Punch-Drunk Love

Adam Sandler in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love

Best Cinematography:
1. Punch-Drunk Love — Robert Elswit

2. Hero — Christopher Doyle
3. Far from Heaven — Ed Lachman
4. Road to Perdition — Conrad L. Hall
5. Femme Fatale — Thierry Arbogast

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Elena Anaya in Pedro Almodovar's  Talk to Her

Elena Anaya in Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her

Best Original Score:
1. Talk to Her — Alberto Iglesias
2. Punch-Drunk Love – Jon Brion
3. Femme Fatale – Ryuichi Sakamoto
4. Far from Heaven – Elmer Bernstein
5. Road to Perdition — Thomas Newman


Samantha Morton and Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg’s  Minority Report

Samantha Morton and Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report

Best Film Editing:
1. Minority Report — Michael Kahn
2. 24 Hour Party People – Trevor Waite and Michael Winterbottom
3. The Rules of Attraction — Sharon Rutter
4. Insomnia — Dody Dorn
5. Y Tu Mama Tambien — Alfonso Cuaron and Alex Rodriguez

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Daniel Day-Lewis in Martin Scorsese's  Gangs of New York

Daniel Day-Lewis in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York

Best Production Design:
1. Gangs of New York — Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
2. Minority Report – Alex McDowell and Anne Kuljian
3. The Pianist – Allan Starski, Wieslawa Chojkowska and Gabriele Wolff
4. Hero — Tingxiao Huo and Zhenzhou Yi
5. Far from Heaven — Mark Friedberg and Ellen Christiansen

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Daniel Day-Lewis in Martin Scorsese's  Gangs of New York

Daniel Day-Lewis in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York

Best Costume Design:
1. Gangs of New York — Sandy Powell

2. Hero — Emi Wada
3. CQ — Judy Shrewsbury
4. Chicago — Colleen Atwood
5. Far from Heaven — Sandy Powell


Best Documentary Feature: Jose Padilha, Bus 174
Best Animated Feature: Jan Svankmajer, Little Otik

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Best Ensemble Cast: 25th Hour
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Lucky McKee, May

Best Ensemble Cast (dire: Spike Lee; in alphabetical order): Brian Cox, Rosario Dawson (pictured), Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Anna Paquin, Barry Pepper (pictured) and Tony Siragusa

Best First Feature: Anna Faris and Angela Bettis (pictured) in Lucky McKee's May


the year-end project:
2018, 2017,  201620152014,  201320122011, 20102009
200820072006200520042003, 2002... 
2001200019991998199719961995
199419931992, 19911990198919881987198619851984
19831982198119801975-791970-741965-691960-641955-59
1950-541940-491930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index