National Society of Film Critics 2004

Best Picture
* Million Dollar Baby
Sideways
Before Sunset

Best Director
* Zhang Yimou – House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) and Hero (Ying xiong)
Alexander Payne – Sideways
Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby

Best Actor
* Jamie Foxx – Ray and Collateral
Paul Giamatti – Sideways
Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby

Best Actress
* Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake (TIE)
* Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby (TIE)
Julie Delpy – Before Sunset

Best Supporting Actor
* Thomas Haden Church – Sideways
Morgan Freeman – Million Dollar Baby
Peter Sarsgaard – Kinsey

Best Supporting Actress
* Virginia Madsen – Sideways
Cate Blanchett – The Aviator and Coffee and Cigarettes
Laura Linney – Kinsey

Best Screenplay
* Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor – Sideways
Charlie Kaufman – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke – Before Sunset

Best Cinematography
* Zhao Xiaoding – House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)
Christopher Doyle – Hero (Ying xiong)
Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron – Collateral

Best Foreign Language Film
* Moolaadé
House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)
Notre musique

Best Non-Fiction Film
* Tarnation
The Story of the Weeping Camel (Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel)
Bright Leaves

Special Citation
– Richard Schickel, Brian Jamieson, and Warner Home Video for their reconstruction of Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One
– Turner Classic Movies for the breadth and intelligence of its film programming and its commitment to film history

Film Heritage Awards (to new DVDs)
– The Leopard (The Criterion Collection) – for assembling a stunning edition for the home video debut of Visconti’s masterpiece.
– John Cassavetes – Five Films (Criterion) – for bringing together a core collection of work from America’s most influential independent filmmaker
– Fritz Lang Epic Collection (Kino) and M (Criterion) – for the ongoing, revelatory work of the German Film Archives and making it available to Kino and Criterion for excellent editions.
“More Treasures from American Film Archives” (National Film Preservation Foundation) – for drawing much deserved attention to the excellent work of America’s national and regional film archives.