The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Reigns Supreme in America Online's Ninth Annual AOL Moviegoer Awards(tm)

February 25, 2004

NEW YORK, February 25, 2004 - The votes are in and the nation's moviegoers have chosen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as the Best Picture of 2003. This win marks the third year in a row that a Lord of the Rings film took the top honor in the AOL Moviegoer Awards.

Moviegoers across the country cast nearly 7.5 million votes at AOL(r) Movies and Moviefone.com for the winners in traditional categories such as Best Picture and Best Actor, as well as offbeat ones such as Revlon's Sexiest Kiss and Most Unforgettable Scene. Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart, stars of New Line Cinema's The Butterfly Effect, kicked off this year's awards at a January 21st press conference in New York City, where they announced the nominees, also chosen by moviegoers.

The winners of the Ninth Annual AOL Moviegoer Awards are...

Best Picture: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Actor: Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Best Actress: Charlize Theron, Monster

Best Supporting Actor: Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Supporting Actress: Ellen DeGeneres, Finding Nemo

Revlon's Sexiest Kiss: Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Best Comedic Performance: Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Best Family Film: Finding Nemo

Most Unforgettable Scene: Eowyn (Miranda Otto) battles the Witch King (Lawrence Makoare) in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Hottest Song: "The Trouble With Love Is," Kelly Clarkson in Love Actually

Best actress winner Charlize Theron expressed her joy upon receiving the award: "Thank you so much to all the fans who voted for me! This is awesome!"

Kelly Clarkson, winner of the Hottest Song category had this to say after winning: "Thank you so much to all the voters! This is so cool! I am so excited about this award especially because I co-wrote this song myself. It is such a great honor."

"Although the Lord of the Rings films have yet to win any of the top honors at the Academy Awards, moviegoers can't contain their enthusiasm for these movies," said Steven Yee, Vice President and General Manager, AOL Movies and Moviefone(r). "In the excitement of each year's movie awards season, AOL and Moviefone want to acknowledge that the real movie fans, who spend their money to see these films, are also important judges. The AOL Moviegoer Awards are a great platform for moviegoers to make their opinions matter."

As we lead into the final days until the Academy Awards(r), AOL members can also visit AOL Keyword: Academy Awards for all the news and features regarding the Oscars(r). AOL's movie award coverage will include content from Time Warner partners, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle and People, including "Best and Worst Dressed" from People, "Best and Worst Moments of the Show" from EW and "Party Hopper" from InStyle. The coverage will also feature a huge movie awards photo gallery from Time Inc. publications; a community hub where members can participate in message boards, polls and chats; and AOL's "Celeb Candids" which features behind-the-scenes photos taken by celebrities exclusively for AOL.

Contact Info:

"John Angelo, America Online, Inc." 212-652-6393