|Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl|
|Writer||Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Jay Wolpert, Stuart Beattie|
|Starring||Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom|
|76th Academy Awards|
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy adventure film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Jay Wolpert developed a script based on the theme park ride in 2001, and Stuart Beattie rewrote it in early 2002. Around that time, producer Jerry Bruckheimer became involved in the project; he had Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio work on the script, adding the supernatural curse to the storyline.
- Best Actor — Johnny Depp
- Best Makeup — Ve Neill, Martin Samuel
- Best Sound Editing — Christopher Boyes, George Watters II
- Best Sound Mixing — Christopher Boyes, David Parker, Dave Campbell, Lee Orloff
- Best Visual Effects — John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson, Terry Frazee
This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will's life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his large crew, are under an ancient curse, doomed for eternity to neither live, nor die. That is, unless a blood sacrifice is made.