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US National Society of Film Critics honour American Splendor



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 in Translation.

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 a Past.

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