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2004: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

  1. Million Dollar Baby (dir: Clint Eastwood)
  2. Birth (dir: Jonathan Glazer)
  3. Spider-Man 2 (dir: Sam Raimi)
  4. Dogville (dir: Lars Von Trier)
  5. Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (dir: Quentin Tarantino)
  6. House of Flying Daggers (dir: Zhang Yimou)
  7.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (dir: Michel Gondry)
  8.  Bad Education (dir: Pedro Almodovar)
  9. Secret Things (dir: Jean-Claude Brisseau)
  10. The Aviator (dir: Martin Scorcese)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Baadasssss!  (dir: Mario Van Peebles), Collateral (dir: Michael Mann), Hellboy (dir: Guillermo del Toro), The Incredibles (dir: Brad Bird), Mean Girls (dir: Mark Waters), Million Dollar Baby (dir: Clint Eastwood), Primer (dir: Shane Carruth), The Saddest Music in the World (dir: Guy Maddin), Shaun of the Dead (dir: Edgar Wright) and Vera Drake (dir: Mike Leigh)

Best Film of the Year: Million Dollar Baby
Producers: Clint Eastwood, Paul Haggis, Tom Rosenberg, Albert S. Ruddy

US Distributor: Warner Brothers

Sam Raimi chats with Tobey Maguire on the set of Spider-Man 2

Sam Raimi chats with Tobey Maguire on the set of Spider-Man 2

Best Director:
1. Sam Raimi, Spider-Man 2

2. Jonathan Glazer, Birth
3. Zhang Yimou, House of Flying Daggers
4. Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
5. Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby


Gael Garcia Bernal in Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education

Gael Garcia Bernal in Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education

Best Actor:
1. Gael Garcia Bernal, Bad Education
2. Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
3. Bruno Ganz, Downfall

4. Jamie Foxx, Collateral
5. Will Ferrell, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy


Nicole Kidman in Lars von Trier's Dogville

Nicole Kidman in Lars von Trier's Dogville

Best Actress:
1. Nicole Kidman, Dogville

2. Nicole Kidman, Birth
3. Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake
4. Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
5. Zhang Ziyi, House of Flying Daggers


Mark Ruffalo in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Mark Ruffalo in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Best Supporting Actor: 
1. Mark Ruffalo, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. Mark Wahlberg, I Heart Huckabees
3. Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
4. Michael Madsen, Kill Bill, Vol. 2
5. J.K. Simmons, Spider-Man 2


Cate Blanchett and Jude Law in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator

Cate Blanchett and Jude Law in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Cate Blanchett, The Aviator
2. Isabelle Rossellini, The Saddest Music in the World

3. Kirsten Dunst, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. Joy Bryant, Baadassssss!
5. Rachel McAdams, Mean Girls


Nicole Kidman in Lars von Trier's Dogville

Nicole Kidman in Lars von Trier's Dogville

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Dogville – Lars von Trier
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Charlie Kaufman
3. The Incredibles – Brad Bird
4. Primer — Shane Carruth
5. Shaun of the Dead – Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg


Amanda Seyfried, Lindsay Lohan and Lacy Chabert in Mark Waters' Mean Girls

Amanda Seyfried, Lindsay Lohan and Lacy Chabert in Mark Waters' Mean Girls

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Mean Girls — Tina Fey
2. Baadassssss! — Mario Van Peebles and Dennis Haggerty
3. Million Dollar Baby – Paul Haggis
4. The Saddest Music in the World – Guy Maddin and George Toles
5. The Twilight Samurai – Yoji Yamada and Yoshitaka Asama


Nicole Kidman and Cameron Bright in Jonathan Glazer's Birth 

Nicole Kidman and Cameron Bright in Jonathan Glazer's Birth 

Best Cinematography:
1. Birth – Harris Savides
2. Collateral – Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron
3. Kill Bill, Vol. 2 – Robert Richardson
4. House of Flying Daggers — Xiaoding Zhao
5Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Ellen Kuras


Nicole Kidman in Jonathan Glazer's Birth

Nicole Kidman in Jonathan Glazer's Birth

Best Original Score:
1. Birth – Alexandre Desplat
2. I Heart Huckabees – Jon Brion
3. A Tale of Two Sisters – Lee Byung-woo

4. Spider-Man 2 – Danny Elfman
5. Hellboy 
– Marco Beltrami


Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Vol. 2

Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Vol. 2

Best Film Editing:
1. Kill Bill, Vol. 2 – Sally Menke
2. Shaun of the Dead – Chris Dickens

3. The Incredibles – Stephen Schaffer
4. Spider-Man 2 – Bob Murawski
5. House of the Flying Daggers — Long Cheng


Bill Murray in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Bill Murray in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Best Production Design:
1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou — Mark Friedberg and Gretchen Rau
2. House of Flying Daggers — Tingxiao Huo and Bin Zhao
3. 
Dogville – Peter Grant and Simone Grau
4. The Aviator – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
5. Kill Bill, Vol. 2 — David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco


Zhang Ziyi in Zhang Yimour's House of Flying Daggers

Zhang Ziyi in Zhang Yimour's House of Flying Daggers

Best Costume Design:
1. House of Flying Daggers — Emi Wada

2. The Aviator — Sandy Powell
3. Hellboy — Wendy Patridge
4. Kill Bill, Vol. 2 — Kumiko Ogawa and Catherine Marie Thomas
5. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou — Milena Canonero


Best Documentary Feature: Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer


Best Ensemble Cast: Million Dollar Baby
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Shane Carruth, Primer

Best Ensemble Cast (dir: Clint Eastwood; in alphabetical order): Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Riki Lindome, Anthony Mackie, Margo Martindale, Brian O'Byrne, Michael Pena, Lucia Rijker and Hilary Swank

Best First Feature: Shane Carruth, Primer


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