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2002 in film is an overview of events, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies, festivals, a list of country- and genre- specific lists of films released, notable deaths and film debuts. Paramount Pictures celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2002.

Highest-grossing films

See also: Lists of box office number-one films § 2002

The top 10 films released in 2002 by worldwide gross are as follows:[1]

Highest-grossing films of 2002
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line $936,689,735
2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. $878,979,634
3 Spider-Man Sony Pictures $821,708,551
4 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 20th Century Fox $653,741,940
5 Men in Black II Sony Pictures $441,818,803
6 Die Another Day MGM / 20th Century Fox $431,971,116
7 Signs Buena Vista $408,247,917
8 Ice Age 20th Century Fox $383,257,136
9 My Big Fat Greek Wedding IFC $368,744,044
10 Minority Report 20th Century Fox / DreamWorks $358,372,926

2002 was the first year to see three films cross the eight-hundred-million-dollar milestone, surpassing the previous year's record of two eight-hundred-million-dollar films. It also surpasses the previous year's record of having the most ticket sales in a single year (fueled by the success of various sequels and the first Spider-Man movie).

Events

Awards

Category/Organization 8th Critics' Choice Awards
January 17, 2003
60th Golden Globe Awards
January 19, 2003
56th BAFTA Awards
February 23, 2003
Producers, Directors, Screen Actors, and Writers Guild Awards 75th Academy Awards
March 23, 2003
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Chicago The Hours Chicago The Pianist Chicago
Best Director Steven Spielberg
Catch Me If You Can and Minority Report
Martin Scorsese
Gangs of New York
Roman Polanski
The Pianist
Rob Marshall
Chicago
Roman Polanski
The Pianist
Best Actor Jack Nicholson
About Schmidt
Daniel Day-Lewis
Gangs of New York
Jack Nicholson
About Schmidt
Richard Gere
Chicago
Daniel Day-Lewis
Gangs of New York
Adrien Brody
The Pianist
Best Actress Julianne Moore
Far from Heaven
Nicole Kidman
The Hours
Renée Zellweger
Chicago
Nicole Kidman
The Hours
Renée Zellweger
Chicago
Nicole Kidman
The Hours
Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
Adaptation.
Christopher Walken
Catch Me If You Can
Chris Cooper
Adaptation.
Best Supporting Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones
Chicago
Meryl Streep
Adaptation.
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Chicago
Best Screenplay, Adapted Adaptation. and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Charlie Kaufman
About Schmidt
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Adaptation.
Charlie and Donald Kaufman
The Hours
David Hare
The Pianist
Ronald Harwood
Best Screenplay, Original Talk to Her
Pedro Almodóvar
Bowling for Columbine
Michael Moore
Talk to Her
Pedro Almodóvar
Best Animated Film Spirited Away Spirited Away
Best Original Song Lose Yourself
8 Mile
The Hands That Built America
Gangs of New York
Lose Yourself
8 Mile
Best Original Score Catch Me If You Can
John Williams
Frida
Elliot Goldenthal
The Hours
Philip Glass
Frida
Elliot Goldenthal
Best Foreign Language Film Y Tu Mamá También Talk to Her Nowhere in Africa

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski, Poland

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Magdalene Sisters, directed by Peter Mullan, U.K. / Ireland

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi), directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan
Bloody Sunday, directed by Paul Greengrass, U.K. / Ireland

2002 films

By country/region

By genre/medium

Births

Deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Carol Ohmart 74 US Actress
1 Julia Phillips 57 US Producer
6 Mario Nascimbene 88 Italy Composer
7 Avery Schreiber 66 US Actor
9 Bill McCutcheon 77 US Actor
11 Henri Verneuil 81 Turkey Director, Screenwriter
12 Stanley Unwin 90 UK Actor
13 Ted Demme 38 US Director, Producer
15 Jeremy Hawk 83 UK Actor
17 Queenie Leonard 96 UK Actress
19 Roy Conrad 61 US Actor
20 Harold Kasket 75 UK Actor
21 Peggy Lee 81 US Singer, Actress
23 Howard A. Smith 89 US Film Editor
29 Stratford Johns 76 UK Actor
29 Harold Russell 88 Canada Actor
February 1 Hildegard Knef 76 Germany Actress
4 George Nader 80 US Actor
6 Guy Stockwell 68 US Actor
7 Diane Hart 75 UK Actress
11 Barry Foster 74 UK Actor
13 Waylon Jennings 64 US Singer, Actor
15 Lucille Lund 88 US Actress
18 Giustino Durano 78 Italy Actor
18 Jack Lambert 81 US Actor
18 Byrne Piven 72 US Actor
19 Gene Ruggiero 91 US Film Editor
20 Fredric Steinkamp 73 US Film Editor
21 John Thaw 60 UK Actor
22 Chuck Jones 89 US Animator, Director
25 Claire Davenport 68 UK Actress
26 Lawrence Tierney 82 US Actor
27 Spike Milligan 83 India Actor
28 Mary Stuart 75 US Actress
March 2 Mary Grant 85 UK Costume Designer
4 Eric Flynn 62 China Actor
4 Shirley Russell 66 UK Costume Designer
10 Irene Worth 85 US Actress
16 Carmelo Bene 64 Italy Actor, Director
17 William Witney 86 US Director
18 Denis Forest 41 Canada Actor
23 Richard Sylbert 73 US Production Designer
23 James Culliford 74 UK Actor
26 Louis M. Heyward 81 US Producer, Screenwriter
27 Milton Berle 93 US Actor, Comedian
27 Dudley Moore 66 UK Actor
27 Billy Wilder 95 Austria Director, Screenwriter
April 2 Jack Kruschen 80 Canada Actor
3 Roy Huggins 87 US Screenwriter
4 Harry O'Connor 44 US Stuntman
6 Nobu McCarthy 67 Canada Actress
7 John Agar 81 US Actor
8 María Félix 88 Mexico Actress
15 Dave King 72 UK Actor
16 Alexander Doré 78 UK Actor
16 Robert Urich 55 US Actor
17 James Copeland 84 UK Actor
19 Reginald Rose 81 US Screenwriter
21 Terry Walsh 62 UK Stuntman, Actor
22 Linda Lovelace 53 US Porn Actress
23 Carla Fry 40 US Producer, Executive
25 Michael Bryant 74 UK Actor
28 John Wilkinson 82 US Sound Engineer
May 2 Ron Soble 74 US Actor
5 George Sidney 85 US Director
8 Lou Lombardo 91 US Film Editor
10 Linda Francis 62 US Casting Director
11 Bill Peet 87 US Screenwriter
14 Ray Stricklyn 73 US Actor
15 Bryan Pringle 67 UK Actor
23 Dorothy Spencer 93 US Film Editor
25 Pat Coombs 75 UK Actress
June 2 Herman Cohen 76 US Producer
3 Lew Wasserman 89 US Studio Executive
3 Sam Whipple 41 US Actor
7 Signe Hasso 86 Sweden Actress
22 Chang Cheh 79 China Director, Screenwriter
25 Charles C. Bennett 62 US Production Designer
26 Dolores Gray 78 US Actress
28 François Périer 82 France Actor
29 Rosemary Clooney 74 US Singer, Actress
July 4 Ivan Moffat 84 Cuba Screenwriter
5 Katy Jurado 78 Mexico Actress
6 John Frankenheimer 72 US Director, Producer
8 Ward Kimball 88 US Animator
9 Gerald Campion 81 UK Actor
9 Rod Steiger 77 US Actor
15 Phil Roth 72 US Actor
17 Harry W. Gerstad 93 US Film Editor
23 Leo McKern 82 Australia Actor
24 Maurice Denham 92 UK Actor
26 Buddy Baker 84 US Composer
August 3 Peter Miles 64 US Actor
9 Peter Matz 73 US Composer, Arranger, Conductor
14 Peter R. Hunt 77 UK Film Editor, Director
15 Henry Batista 88 US Film Editor
15 Yuriy Yakovlev 71 Bulgaria Actor
16 Jeff Corey 88 US Actor
18 Dean Riesner 83 US Screenwriter
23 Dennis Fimple 78 US Actor
25 Stanley R. Greenberg 74 US Screenwriter
30 J. Lee Thompson 88 UK Director
September 3 Ted Ross 68 US Actor
5 Cliff Gorman 65 US Actor
7 Katrin Cartlidge 41 UK Actress
7 Michael Elphick 55 UK Actor
11 Kim Hunter 79 US Actress
14 LaWanda Page 81 US Actress
16 James Gregory 90 US Actor
18 Hazel Brooks 78 South Africa Actress
22 Carmen Phillips 65 US Actress
27 P.A. Lundgren 91 Sweden Art Director, Production Deigner
28 Whitney Blake 76 US Actress
October 3 Tad Horino 81 US Actor
4 André Delvaux 76 Belgium Director
4 Buddy Lester 85 US Actor
8 Phyllis Calvert 87 UK Actress
9 Charles Guggenheim 78 US Documentarian
12 Hilyard M. Brown 92 US Art Director
13 Keene Curtis 79 US Actor
13 Dennis Patrick 84 US Actor
18 Chuck Domanico 58 US Musician
21 George Hall 85 Canada Actor
23 Adolph Green 87 US Screenwriter, Lyricist, Actor
23 Nathan Juran 95 Romania Director
24 Charmian May 65 UK Actress
24 Peggy Moran 84 US Actress
24 Scott Plank 43 US Actor
25 Micheline Cheirel 85 France Actress
25 Richard Harris 72 UK Actor
27 André de Toth 90 Hungary Director, Screenwriter
28 Margaret Booth 104 US Film Editor
28 Lawrence Dobkin 83 US Actor, Director
29 Marina Berti 78 Italy Actress
29 Glenn McQueen 41 Canada Animator
30 Lee H. Katzin 67 US Director
31 Raf Vallone 86 Italy Actor
November 1 Keith A. Wester 62 US Sound Engineer
2 Lo Lieh 63 Indonesia Actor
4 Antonio Margheriti 72 Italy Director, Screenwriter
14 Eddie Bracken 87 US Actor
17 Marvin Mirisch 84 US Producer
18 James Coburn 74 US Actor
22 Parley Baer 88 US Actor
22 Joan Barclay 88 US Actress
22 Adele Jergens 84 US Actress
24 Noel Davis 75 UK Casting Director
25 Karel Reisz 76 Czech Republic Director, Producer
26 Stanley Black 89 UK Composer, Conductor
27 Billie Bird 94 US Actress
27 Wolfgang Preiss 92 Germany Actor
29 Daniel Gélin 81 France Actor
29 John Justin 85 UK Actor
December 2 Edgar Scherick 78 US Producer
3 Glenn Quinn 32 Ireland Actor
10 Peter Tanner 88 UK Film Editor
12 Brad Dexter 85 US Actor
14 Sidney Glazier 86 US Producer
14 Ruth Kobart 78 US Actress
15 Arthur Jeph Parker 79 US Set Decorator
17 James Hazeldine 55 UK Actor
18 Edward Norris 91 US Actor
22 Duke Callaghan 88 US Cinematographer
22 Susan Fleming 94 US Actress
22 Clay Tanner 71 US Actor
22 Kenneth Tobey 85 US Actor
27 George Roy Hill 81 US Director
30 Mary Brian 96 US Actress

Film debuts

References

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