8th Critics' Choice Awards

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8th Critics' Choice Awards
DateJanuary 17, 2003
Official websitewww.criticschoice.com
Best FilmChicago

The 8th Critics' Choice Awards were presented on January 17, 2003, honoring the finest achievements of 2002 filmmaking.[1]

This ceremony is particularly notable for the moment when Best Actor nominee Robin Williams came up on stage after being called upon by Best Actor co-winner Jack Nicholson, who claimed to be "baked", to assist him with his acceptance speech, culminating in what is considered to be the funniest moment in the awards' history.[2][3][4][5] The moment was uploaded on YouTube in July 2009; it currently has over 4 million views.[6]

Top 10 films[edit]

(in alphabetical order)

Winners and nominees[edit]

Steven Spielberg, Best Director winner
Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actor co-winner
Jack Nicholson, Best Actor co-winner
Julianne Moore, Best Actress winner
Chris Cooper, Best Supporting Actor winner
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Supporting Actress winner
Kieran Culkin, Best Young Actor/Actress winner
Charlie Kaufman, Best Writer winner
Best Picture


Best Director

Steven SpielbergCatch Me If You Can / Minority Report

Best Actor

Daniel Day-LewisGangs of New York as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (TIE)
Jack NicholsonAbout Schmidt as Warren Schmidt (TIE)

Best Actress

Julianne MooreFar from Heaven as Cathleen "Cathy" Whitaker

Best Supporting Actor

Chris CooperAdaptation. as John Laroche

Best Supporting Actress

Catherine Zeta-JonesChicago as Velma Kelly

Best Young Actor/Actress

Kieran CulkinIgby Goes Down as Jason "Igby" Slocumb Jr.

Best Digital Acting Performance

GollumThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Best Acting Ensemble


Best Writer

Adaptation. / Confessions of a Dangerous MindCharlie Kaufman

Best Animated Feature

Spirited Away

Best Documentary Feature

Bowling for Columbine

Best Family Film

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Best Foreign Language Film

Y tu mamá tambiénMexico

Best Composer

Catch Me If You Can / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Minority ReportJohn Williams

Best Song

"Lose Yourself" – 8 Mile

Freedom Award[edit]

Denzel WashingtonAntwone Fisher

Best Picture Made for Television[edit]

Door to Door


Nominations Film
4 About Schmidt
The Hours
3 Catch Me If You Can
Gangs of New York
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Road to Perdition
2 Far from Heaven
Minority Report
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
The Pianist
Wins Film
3 Chicago
2 Adaptation.
Catch Me If You Can
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Minority Report


  1. ^ "The BFCA Critics' Choice Awards :: 2002". Broadcast Film Critics Association. January 17, 2003. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Daniel Day Lewis, Jack Nicholson & Robin Williams: 'It's pretty much been a Buddhist evening for me', Critics' Choice – 2003". Speakola. January 17, 2003. Retrieved January 17, 2003.
  3. ^ Simon, Jeff (March 11, 2003). "Nicholson Has Seen Better Award Seasons". The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 11, 2003.(subscription required)
  4. ^ "Jack Nicholson Once Appeared Baked on Stage Asking Robin Williams to Give Award Acceptance Speech on His Behalf & What Happened Next is Hysterical!". Koimoi. December 10, 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  5. ^ Lu, Garry (January 28, 2023). "WATCH: Jack Nicholson Gets Too High & Needs Robin Williams to Save His Award Speech". Boss Hunting. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  6. ^ "Daniel Day Lewis, Jack Nicholson (Robin Williams) Accepting Critics' Choice" (video). YouTube. July 20, 2009. Archived from the original on December 22, 2022. Retrieved July 20, 2009.