Events in Film & Television in 2003

Music Single

Jan 7 "In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent (MTV Video Music Award Best Rap Video and Best New Artist 2003, Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Film and TV Awards

Jan 12 29th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Film Awards

Jan 17 8th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Chicago Best Picture

  • Jan 26 19th Sundance Film Festival: "American Splendor", directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "All I Have"

Music History

Feb 3 Actress Lana Clarkson is shot and killed by Phil Spector at Spector's house in Alhambra, California

  • Feb 6 53rd Berlin International Film Festival: "In This World" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 6 American rapper 50 Cent releases his album “Get Rich or Die Trying’” (2003 Billboard Album of the Year)

Television Debut

Feb 21 Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO

  • Feb 23 49th National Film Awards (India): "Dweepa" wins the Golden Lotus

BAFTA Awards

Feb 23 56th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Pianist" Best Film, Roman Polanski Best Director

  • Mar 8 34th NAACP Image Awards: "Antwone Fisher" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 22 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Swept Away" wins

Academy Awards

Mar 23 75th Academy Awards: "Chicago" (Best Picture), Adrien Brody (Best Actor - "The Piano") & Nicole Kidman (Best Actress - "The Hours") win

WrestleMania

Mar 30 WrestleMania XIX, Safeco Field, Seattle, WA (54,097): Brock Lesnar wins WWE Heavyweight Championship against Kurt Angle

  • Apr 5 18th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Apr 13 49th British Academy Television Awards: "Alistair McGowan's Big Impression" Best Comedy, "Spooks" Best Drama

Television Debut

May 20 Reality TV series "America's Next Top Model", created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN

  • May 21 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • May 25 56th Cannes Film Festival: "Elephant" directed by Gus Van Sant wins the Palme d'Or

Film Premiere

May 30 Animated fish tale "Finding Nemo", directed by Andrew Stanton, and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres premieres in US and Canada

Music Premiere

Jun 10 Musical "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco

Film & TV History

Jun 18 Google launches AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages, many of which like On This Day (then HistoryOrb.com) go on to start their own publishing businesses

Film Premiere

Jun 28 "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl", directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland

  • Jul 17 36th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Music Concert

Jul 24 Ringo Starr's eighth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Colin Hay, Paul Carrack, John Waite, Sheila E., and Mark Rivera

  • Aug 27 60th Venice Film Festival: "The Return" directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 13 28th Toronto International Film Festival: "Zatoichi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins the People's Choice Award

Emmy Awards

Sep 21 55th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco wins

  • Sep 23 Crime drama "NCIS" starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherley, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum premieres on CBS in the US

Election of Interest

Oct 7 California holds gubernatorial recall election - Governor Gray Davis loses and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor

  • Oct 30 Stephen Schwartz's musical "Wicked", a re-telling of the "Wizard of Oz" from the Wicked Witch of the West's' point of view, starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, opens at the Gershwin Theatre, NYC; run is ongoing, wins 2 Tony Awards, 7 Drama Desk Awards, and a Grammy

Television Premiere

Nov 2 US sitcom "Arrested Development" Premieres created by Mitchell Hurwitz, starring Jason Bateman, Porta de Rossi, Michael Cera and an ensemble cast on Fox

Album Release

Nov 4 "Shock'n Y'all" 8th studio album by Toby Keith is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2004)

Film Premiere

Dec 1 "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

Film & TV History

Dec 2 US reality show "The Simple Life" with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie premieres on Fox

Music History

Dec 5 Mexican singer Thalia the "Queen of Latin Pop" is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

  • Dec 9 "Peter Pan" live action adventure film adaptation of the 1904 play and 1911 by J.M. Barrie premieres in London; flops at the box office
  • Dec 10 14th Billboard Music Awards: 50 Cent and Shania Twain win
  • Dec 17 "The Return of the King" 3rd Lord of the Ring films is released. Makes US$72 million opening weekend, 2nd film to gross over 1 billion worldwide.
  • Dec 29 50th National Film Awards (India): "Mondo Meyer Upakhyan" wins the Golden Lotus