London , January 2004. Animated clown fish, deadly robots, hobbits, incompetent spies, love-struck Prime Ministers, mutants and swashbuckling pirates all contributed to a golden year in cinema and all have made the Orange Film of the Year final shortlist. The prestigious prize will be awarded at the Orange British Academy Film Awards on February 15th 2004 and is the only award presented at the ceremony that is voted for by the public.
The short list is made up of the top ten box office hits of 2003 and the cinema-going public can vote by going to BAFTAs, One lucky voter will also win a pair of tickets to the prestigious awards ceremony on 15 February - the most glamorous night in the British film calendar.
While recent years have been dominated by fantasy epics, with Lord of the Rings winning in 2002 and 2003, this year's contest is one of the most open yet with a wide variety of films in the running.
2003 was a great year for science fiction films with no less than three - all sequels - making the top ten. Arnold Schwarzenegger reprised his role as a deadly cyborg in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Keanu Reeves kicked, punched and fought his way through Matrix: Reloaded whilst Patrick Stewart led his band of misfit mutants once again in X-Men 2: X-Men United
However, not all of the year's blockbusters have been big budget Hollywood movies: Britain is well represented by an eclectic mix of bumbling special agents, naked middle-aged women and a tale of tangled love lives at Christmas. The three British films in the list, Johnny English, Calendar Girls and Love Actually, provided some of the most heart-warming and amusing cinematic moments of year.
One of the biggest family films of the year was Disney/Pixar's