Two Towers nets the online critics' accolades

Story by Jack Foley

THE Online Film Critics' Society has selected The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as best film in 2002, with its director, Peter Jackson, named as best director.

The second part of the Tolkien trilogy was chosen by a 132-strong panel of international internet-based critics, and triumphed over other nominees, including Adaptation, Far From Heaven, Minority Report and Bowling For Columbine.

Far From Heaven was the biggest winner, however, notching up seven awards, including best actress (for Julianne Moore), and best supporting actor (Dennis Quaid), as well as best original screenplay and score.

Oscar favourite, Daniel Day-Lewis, was named best actor for his performance as Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York, while Samantha Morton ensured a strong showing for the Brits, when she was named best supporting actress for her turn in Steven Spielberg’s futuristic thriller, Minority Report.

The best adapted screenplay went to Golden Globe nominee, Adaptation (the follow-up to Being John Malkovich), while Michael Moore’s acclaimed Bowling for Columbine, which focused on US gun culture in the wake of the Columbine High School massacre, won best documentary.

The cast of The Two Towers, meanwhile, won the best ensemble acting award, while the film itself was rewarded with several technical awards, including sound and visual effects.

Hip Mexican coming-of-age road movie, Y Tu Mama Tambien, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (who will next take on Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban) won best foreign film.

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