Seattle Film Critics Awards

In 2002, a group of Seattle film professionals, enthusiasts, teachers, and critics formed Parallax View, a small film society whose goal was to champion the cause of film literacy, foster public discussion of the place of movies in society, and promote the serious, sometimes delirious cause of film as art. Founding members included (in alphabetical order) Sean Axmaker, Sheila Benson, Bob Cumbow, Kathy Fennessy, Gillian Gaar, Shannon Gee, Robert Horton, Richard T. Jameson, Tom Keogh, Kathleen Murphy, Paula Nechak, Bruce Reid, Jeff Shannon, Keith Simanton and Andy Spletzer. The annual Seattle Film Critics Awards was created by Parallax View, which polled a select group of leading film critics from the Seattle area. The Seattle Film Critics Awards were given out in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and the results were reported in Entertainment Weekly, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter as well as the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and other national and regional publications.

Here is a list of the winner by year. Follow the links to the original press releases for more details, runners-up and a list of critics polled in each year.

2002 (see press release)

Best Picture
Far From Heaven

Best Director
Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York

Best Supporting Actress
Bebe Neuwirth, Tadpole

Best Supporting Actor
Chris Cooper, Adaptation

Original Screenplay
Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes

Adapted Screenplay
The Hours, David Hare

Documentary
The Kid Stays in the Picture

Foreign-Language Film
Y Tu Mama Tambien

Cinematography
Far From Heaven, Edward Lachman

Music
Far From Heaven, Elmer Bernstein

Editing
Femme Fatale, Bill Pankow

Production Design
Gangs of New York, Dante Ferretti

Living Treasure
Maureen O’Hara

Mentions in the press: Variety, BBC, Movie City News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, People

2003 (see press release)

Best Picture
American Splendor

Best Director
Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

Best Actor
Bill Murray, Lost in Translation

Best Actress
Hope Davis, American Splendor

Best Supporting Actor
Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Supporting Actress
Marcia Gay Harden, Mystic River

Original Screenplay
Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola

Adapted Screenplay
American Splendor, Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini

Documentary
Capturing the Friedmans

Animated Film
The Triplets of Belleville

Foreign-Language Film
The Man on the Train

Cinematography
The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King, Andrew Lesnie

Music
A Mighty Wind, songs by Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Catherine O’Hara, Annette O’Toole, Harry Shearer, Jeffrey C.J. Vanston

Living Treasure
Christopher Lee

Special Citation for Film Restoration
Rialto Pictures

Mentions in the press: Entertainment Weekly, Movie City News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Times

2004 (see press release)

Best Picture
Million Dollar Baby

Best Director
Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby

Best Actor
Jamie Foxx, Ray

Best Actress
Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake

Best Supporting Actor
Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

Best Supporting Actress
Virginia Madsen, Sideways

Original Screenplay
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman

Adapted Screenplay
Sideways, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Documentary
(tie) Control Room and Touching the Void

Foreign-Language Film
Maria Full of Grace

Animated Film
The Incredibles

Cinematography
Hero, Christopher Doyle

Music
The Aviator, Howard Shore

Living Treasure
Henry Bumstead

Special Citation
Richard Schickel and Brian Jamieson, The Big Red One

Mentions in the press: Movie City News, Seattle Times, Static Multimedia

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