On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 2002

  • Jan 11 7th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: A Beautiful Mind wins Best Film

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Jan 13 28th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Kelsey Grammer, Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 20 59th Golden Globes: "A Beautiful Mind", Russell Crowe, & Sissy Spacek win

  • Jan 20 18th Sundance Film Festival: "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits", directed by Rebecca Miller, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 6 52nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Spirited Away" and "Bloody Sunday" win the Golden Bear (tie)

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

Feb 24 55th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Best Film, Peter Jackson Best Director

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler
Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Mar 3 33rd NAACP Image Awards: "Ali" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 5 American reality TV program The Osbournes" featuring family of Ozzy Osbourne premieres on MTV
  • Mar 12 Animated film "Ice Age" directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, with voices by Denis Leary and John Leguizamo premieres
  • Mar 12 US crime series "The Shield" starring Michael Chiklis premieres on FX
  • Mar 17 WrestleMania XVIII, Skydome, Toronto, ON (68,237): Triple H beats Chris Jericho for the undisputed WWF Heavyweight title
  • Mar 23 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Freddy Got Fingered" wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 24 74th Academy Awards: "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington & Halle Berry (first woman of colour) win

  • Mar 25 TV reality show "The Bachelor" hosted by Chris Harrison debuts on ABC in the US
  • Apr 21 48th British Academy Television Awards: "The Sketch Show" Best Comedy, "Cold Feet" Best Drama

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May 3 "Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres


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May 15 "Bowling for Columbine", a documentary directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

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May 16 "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman opens in cinemas

  • May 26 55th Cannes Film Festival: "The Pianist" directed by Roman Polanski wins the Palme d'Or

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jun 2 Crime drama "The Wire" created by David Simon and starring Idris Elba and Dominic West debuts on HBO

Actor Idris Elba
Actor
Idris Elba

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Jun 6 "The Bourne Identity" directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon premieres in Los Angeles, California

Actor Matt Damon
Actor
Matt Damon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • Jun 14 "The Bourne Identity" directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon is released in the US

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Jul 12 Hindi film "Devdas" premieres directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit (Best Film Filmfare Awards)

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Jul 24 On 200th anniversary of his birth French author Alexandre Dumas' ('The Three Musketeers') ashes are interred in the Panthéon in Paris in a televised ceremony

  • Aug 1 35th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Aug 27 59th Venice Film Festival: "The Magdalene Sisters" directed by Peter Mullan wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Before a U.S. Congressional panel, Doris Roberts testifies that age discrimination is prevalent in Hollywood

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Sep 22 54th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Friends, Michael Chiklis and Allison Janney win

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Oct 24 Wuxia film "Hero" directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Jet Li released in China (US release 2004)

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • Oct 27 The British ITV Network airs a regional service for the last time in England and Wales, LWT loses its identity completely
  • Oct 30 British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.

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Nov 14 Film "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is released, based on the second book by J. K. Rowling

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
Actor Rupert Grint
Actor
Rupert Grint

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Nov 20 "Die Another Day", 20th James Bond film released, directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry

  • Nov 22 In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest
  • Dec 5 "The Two Towers" 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York

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Dec 6 "Adaption" directed by Spike Jonze, starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep premieres

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Dec 9 "Star Trek: Nemesis" film directed by Stuart Baird and starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes premieres

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Dec 18 "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler
Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

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Dec 18 "The Hours" premieres in the US, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman

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Dec 20 "Gangs of New York", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, is released

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Dec 27 "Chicago" (Best Picture 2003), based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones released.