Date: 5th December 2003
Clint Eastwood's Mystic River has won the first major prize of this year's film award season.
The film topped the US National Board of Review's list of the best 10 films of 2003, reports the BBC.
Eastwood directed the film and its star, Sean Penn, was named best actor for Mystic River and another drama, 21 Grams.
NBR voters include film professionals, teachers and historians, who pick the first winners of the season that culminates with the Oscars in February.
Diane Keaton won best actress for her role as a divorced playwright opposite Jack Nicholson in Something's Gotta Give.
Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai came second and its director, Edward Zwick, was named best director.
The Station Agent, the story of a loner in rural America, was third, while 21 Grams - in which Penn plays a terminally ill maths professor - was fourth.
Source: Press Release