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Director F. Gary Gray to Receive Award

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Director F. Gary Gray to Receive Award

New York (AP) -- F. Gary Gray, director of "The Italian Job," will receive a special achievement award from the African American Film Critics Association.

"With this year's release of 'The Italian Job,' former music video director F. Gary Gray demonstrated strong growth and a solid command of the filmmaking process with a stylish remake of the 1969 caper classic," Gil Robertson, a syndicated columnist and one of the group's vice presidents, said Monday.

The critics chose "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" as the top film of 2003, followed by "Lost in Translation" and "In America."

"The Italian Job," starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Mos Def, came in seventh on the group's top 10 list. The rest of the list, in order: "Dirty Pretty Things," "The Last Samurai," "Finding Nemo," "Tupac: Resurrection," "City of God" and "Mystic River."

The African American Film Critics Association, which consists of print, broadcast and online movie reviewers, aims to draw attention to movies with appeal to black audiences, or to works that come from black filmmakers or star black actors.

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