Story by: Jack Foley
AMERICAN Splendor has
been named the best picture of 2003 by the National Society of
Film Critics in the US.
The drama-doc about the life and times of Harvey Pekar, the writer
responsible for the American Splendor comic book series, stars
Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis, and has won widespread acclaim as
one of the independent features of the year.
It also took the best screenplay accolade at the 38th annual
awards ceremony - another strong indicator of the films which
are likely to feature prominently at the Oscars.
Clint Eastwood was named best director, for Mystic
River, while Bill Murray won best actor for his heartfelt
performance in Sofia Coppola's Lost
The National Society of Film Critics comprises 55 members, and
they also named Charlize Theron as best actress for her portrayal
of killer, Aileen Wournos, in Monster.
Peter Sarsgaard was deemed best supporting actor, Shattered
Glass, while Patricia Clarkson was named best supporting actress
prize for two films, The
Station Agent and Pieces of April.
Aki Kaurismaki won the award for best foreign language film as
director of The Man Without