Well, folks, the suspense is over. The red carpet has been unrolled, the dinner jackets have been dusted down, and the votes have all been counted - which must mean that it's time to announce the results of kamera.co.uk's reader poll for the Films of 2003. We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the poll, and hope you'll keep visiting the site for another year of the best film writing anywhere on the world wide web.
After a month of frenzied voting, which saw over thirty different films nominated for the top honour, the final result was a close run thing. Pirates of the Caribbean, Kill Bill Vol.1 and Adaptation all featured in the top section of the poll, and there were surprisingly strong showings from some lesser-known and less successful films from last year. Solaris, Belleville Rendez-Vous and Spirited Away all scored highly, and there were good results too for a range of independent and arthouse films including All the Real Girls, The Son, 25th Hour, Far from Heaven, Thirteen and Roger Dodger.
There was also a great response from our overseas readers to Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation, which bodes well for its forthcoming European release and eventually saw it steal second place. But in the end, there was one clear winner. So enough of my yakkin' - the kamera.co.uk prize for Film of 2003 goes to.....
The Return of the King, directed by Peter Jackson.
Congratulations to everyone at New Line, Weta and Wingnut Films - and roll on the Oscars! Christmas just won't be the same without you.
Meanwhile, there was an equally strong response the poll for worst film of the year - if anything, the result was even more unequivocal. kamera.co.uk has no hesitation whatsoever in awarding the dubious accolade of Worst Film of 2004 to...
Matrix Revolutions, directed by the Wachowski Bros.
Is anyone surprised?