Washington DC Film Critics Name
Nicholson and Moore as Best of 2002
"Road to Perdition" Named Best Film,
3-Way Tie for Best Director
(Washington, DC)—Oscar hopefuls Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt") and Julianne Moore ("Far From Heaven") have been chosen by The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) as the best actor and actress of 2002. The group's inaugural year-end selections also included a three-way tie for Best Director between Spike Jonze ("Adaptation"), Sam Mendes ("Road to Perdition") and first time director Denzel Washington ("Antwone Fisher"), while "Road to Perdition" was named Best Film of the year by the 23- member group.
2002 Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association Awards
WAFCA also honored the cast of "Barbershop" as the best acting ensemble, while selecting "Lilo and Stitch" as Best Animated Feature and dishonoring the George Clooney/Steven Soderbergh film "Solaris" as the year's biggest disappointment.
WAFCA President Tim Gordon stated that, "This year's inaugural awards mark the beginning of a long-term process to raise the profile of Washington, DC as a key market for the film industry, and a city full of the country's leading and most diverse critical voices. With the large amount of high-quality films this year, choosing the best performances was quite a challenge."
WAFCA is comprised of Washington, DC area film critics from local newspapers, television, and radio. Award winners were chosen from among films that opened in the Washington DC area between January 1 and December 31, 2002. Voting was conducted from December 16 - 20, 2002.
Road To Perdition
Jack Nicholson - About Schmidt
Julianne Moore - Far From Heaven
Best Supporting Actor - tie
Chris Cooper - Adaptation
Dennis Haysbert - Far From Heaven
Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates - About Schmidt
Best Director - tie
Sam Mendes - Road to Perdition
Denzel Washington - Antwone Fisher
Spike Jonze - Adaptation
Best Screenplay, Original
Nia Vardalos - My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Best Screenplay, Adapted
Charlie Kaufman - Adaptation
Best Animated Feature
Lilo and Stitch
The Kid Stays in the Picture
Best Guilty Pleasure