Charlize Theron honored by Chicago critics
The Chicago Film Critics Association, which had canceled its annual awards to protest the MPAA's screener ban, has finally issued its list of the year's best now that the ban has been lifted. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was named best picture, its director Peter Jackson took directing honors, and its composer Howard Shore was honored for best score. Top acting honors went to Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) and Charlize Theron (for playing lesbian multiple murderer Aileen Wuornos in Monster), with supporting actor honors going to Tim Robbins (Mystic River) and Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April). Sofia Coppola received the screenplay award for Translation.