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  ROTK wins four big US film awards
Updated 11 January 2004, 14.36
Director Peter Jackson wasn't there for the ceremony
The final film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy has won four important awards in the US, including best film.

Peter Jackson was also named best director at the Critics' Choice Awards, which are normally a good clue to who will win at the Oscars.

The last four winners of best film at the Critics' Choice Awards have all been named Best Picture at the Oscars.

The stars of the film were rewarded as Best Acting Ensemble, and Howard Shore won the best film music prize.

Pirates of the Caribbean was top family film
Pirates of the Caribbean was top family film
Finding Nemo took home the prize for best Animated Film, while Pirates of the Caribbean was named the Best Family film of 2003.

The youngest winner was Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was named best young actress/actor for her role in New Zealand film Whale Rider.

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