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Entertainment review of the decade

As the 2000s turn into the 2010s, we look back at the biggest films, records, books and TV shows of the decade.

By Mark Savage
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Lord Of The Rings, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Kate Winslet, George Clooney
Clockwise from top left: Lord Of The Rings, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Kate Winslet, George Clooney

Take a look at the list of the UK's top 10 grossing films of the 2000s below, and there is a striking theme. All of them are adaptations - of a novel, of a musical or a theme park ride.

The story is the same at the global box office, too, save for one notable exception - animated sequel Shrek 2.

But while Hollywood's reliance on franchise fare is nothing new, these charts also reveal how CGI defined popular cinema in the 2000s.

The Lord Of The Rings populated its battle scenes with digital actors, directed by artificial intelligence. Characters like Sonny in I, Robot were entirely computer generated, while motion capture techniques allowed Brad Pitt to age backwards in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

At times, it seemed that if there wasn't an army of orcs, a jaw-dropping, physically impossible camera swoop, or a bright blue bi-ped with eyes like Bambi, the audience wasn't interested.

UK Box Office Top 10

But, despite the big studios' reliance on sequels and adaptations, cinemagoers frequently had their heartstrings plucked by smaller, more intimate films.

Little Miss Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, Bridget Jones's Diary, Once and Juno made millions with their deceptively casual storytelling and home-spun comedy.

Meanwhile, sparked by Michael Moore's incendiary film-making and sustained by the rise of DVD, documentaries flourished in the noughties - from polemicals like Super Size Me and An Inconvenient Truth, to more thoughtful, romantic pieces like Man On Wire.

Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars, including best film and best director

True life stories maintained their stranglehold at the Oscars and the Baftas.

There were prizes for biopics of gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk, musician Ray Charles, torch singer Edith Piaf, environmental activist Erin Brockovich, dictator Idi Amin, journalist Truman Capote and - for Britain's Helen Mirren - The Queen.

But cinema largely failed to tackle current world events, with few dramas succeeding in contextualising or, indeed, railing against the political upheavals of the decade.

Notable exceptions included The Hurt Locker, a brutally realistic action movie following an elite bomb squad around Iraq, and United 93, which reconstructed the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 on 11 September, 2001.

Latin America flourished as a centre of cinema, producing gems like Y Tu Mama Tambien, Amores Perros and The Motorcycle Diaries.

Daniel Craig as James Bond
The 2000s also saw the Bond franchise reinvigorated, with Daniel Craig as the latest 007

Visionary Mexican director Guillermo del Toro flitted between Mexico and Hollywood, wrestling comic book movies Blade II and Hellboy into robust shape, while receiving plaudits for macabre fairy tales like Pan's Labyrinth, which he directed, and The Orphanage, which he produced.

The heartthrob of the decade was undoubtedly George Clooney, who managed to use his profile to rejuvenate the thought-provoking "talkies" of the 1970s, funding them through glossy, commercial affairs like the Ocean's triology.

Angelina Jolie ended the decade as Hollywood's best-paid actress, earning $27m (£16.7m) from 2008 - 2009, but her output vacillated wildly between award-baiting dramas and throwaway fluff.

At the Oscars, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Dame Judi Dench each received four nominations during the 2000s - but only Winslet took home the coveted best actress award, for Nazi-era drama The Reader.

1. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King $1.12bn (£691m)
2. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $1.06bn (£655m)
3. The Dark Knight $1bn (£618m)
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $975m (£602m)
5. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End $961m (£593m)
6. Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix $938m (£579m)
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $929m (£574m)
8. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers $925m (£571m)
9. Shrek 2 $920m (£568m)
10. Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire $896m (553m)
Source: Box Office Mojo

1. Mamma Mia! The Movie
2. Gladiator
3. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
4. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl
5. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
6. Shrek
7. Bridget Jones's Diary
8. The Shawshank Redemption
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
10. Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets
Source: Official UK Charts Company

2009 Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire
2008 No Country For Old Men Atonement
2007 The Departed The Queen
2006 Crash Brokeback Mountain
2005 Million Dollar Baby The Aviator
2004 The Lord Of The Rings:
The Return Of The King
The Lord Of The Rings:
The Return Of The King
2003 Chicago The Pianist
2002 A Beautiful Mind The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring
2001 Gladiator Gladiator
2000 American Beauty American Beauty

2009 Sean Penn
Mickey Rourke
The Wrestler
2008 Daniel Day-Lewis
There Will Be Blood
Daniel Day-Lewis
There Will Be Blood
2007 Forest Whitaker
Last King Of Scotland
Forest Whitaker
Last King Of Scotland
2006 Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
2005 Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
2004 Sean Penn
Mystic River
Bill Murray
Lost In Translation
2003 Adrian Brody
The Pianist
Daniel Day-Lewis
Gangs Of New York
2002 Denzel Washington
Training Day
Russell Crowe
A Beautiful Mind
2001 Russell Crowe
Jamie Bell
Billy Elliot
2000 Kevin Spacey
American Beauty
Kevin Spacey
American Beauty

2009 Kate Winslet
The Reader
Kate Winslet
The Reader
2008 Marion Cotillard
La Vie En Rose
Marion Cotillard
La Vie En Rose
2007 Dame Helen Mirren
The Queen
Dame Helen Mirren
The Queen
2006 Reese Witherspoon
Walk The Line
Reese Witherspoon
Walk The Line
2005 Hilary Swank
Million Dollar Baby
Imelda Staunton
Vera Drake
2004 Charlize Theron
Scarlett Johansson
Lost In Translation
2003 Nicole Kidman
The Hours
Nicole Kidman
The Hours
2002 Halle Berry
Monster's Ball
Dame Judi Dench
2001 Julia Roberts
Erin Brockovich
Julia Roberts
Erin Brockovich
2000 Hilary Swank
Boys Don't Cry
Annette Benning
American Beauty

2009 The Love Guru
2008 I Know Who Killed Me
2007 Basic Instinct 2
2006 Dirty Love
2005 Catwoman
2004 Gigli
2003 Swept Away
2002 Freddy Got Fingered
2001 Battlefield Earth
2000 Wild Wild West

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