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Gollum and Spirited Away Are The Critics Choice

On Friday, January 17, 2003 the 2002 Critics' Choice Awards were bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. This year, the Critics' Choice Awards were notable because the BFCA added a category for Best Digital Acting Performance. While controversial, the award honored the standout digital characters that appeared in some of 2002's biggest blockbusters, with Gollum from LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS winning the award, beating Yoda from STAR WARS: EPISODE II and Dobby from HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS. Gollum is the product of the animation wizards at New Zealand's Weta Digital and actor Andy Serkis, who provided not just the voice of the CG character, but all of his moves as well. Serkis acted out the scenes with the live-action actors, and the repeated his performance in a motion-capture studio. Other Critics' Choice winners were HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS for Best Family Film and SPIRITED AWAY, which again took the critics' honors as Best Animated Feature. SPIRITED AWAY has won awards from the New York Film Critics' Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review, among others. E! Entertainment Television broadcast this year's Critics' Choice Awards on Saturday, January 18, 2003.