At the 76th Academy Awards Return of the King won all 11 of the Oscars it was nominated for. Congratulations to the cast and crew for this fantastic achievement!
Best Motion Picture – Return of the King
Barrie M Osborne, Peter Jackson & Frances Walsh
Best Director – Peter Jackson
Art Direction – Grant Major, Dan Hennah & Alan Lee
Costume Design – Ngila Dickson & Richard Taylor
Visual Effects – Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook & Alex Funke
Make-Up – Richard Taylor & Peter King
Sound – Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges & Hammond Peek
Music – Original Score – Howard Shore
Film Editing – Jamie Selkirk
Music – Original Song “Into the West” – Frances Walsh, Howard Shore & Annie Lennox
Writing – Adapted screenplay – Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson
Did you know that each Nazgul costume was made of 164 feet of fabric and that the costumes had regal embroidery on them? Ngila Dickson, Alan Lee and John Howe talk about the creation of the Nazul costumes, their horse armour and the fell beasts in this article at dailynews.
According to Reuters, the people in New Zealand are already celebrating RotK’s Oscar nominations before the winners are announced tonight; they are also celebrating other Kiwi films, ‘The Last Samurai’ and ‘Whale Rider’ which together gained five nominations.
The Oscars winners will be announced tonight, and at Suntimes some of the nominees, including Peter Jackson, give their thoughts about the forthcoming awards.
According to Scotsman.com there will be few surprises at the Academy Awards finale as, “…the big categories of Best Film and Best Director are less a competition and more a coronation this year, with Peter Jackson already pre-anointed as this year’s big winner”.
According to this article at Reuters, the talk in Hollywood has moved away from whether Return to the King will win the Oscar for Best Picture to if it will sweep the board and win all 11 Oscars it has been nominated for.
Fleming Rutledge, in an article at Christianity Today sets out to examine, “the missing theology” in Return of the King. The issues discussed include, “losing Gollum’s soul”.
This article at Canada.com discusses whether Gollum should have been nominated for an Oscar and the final conclusion is, “…whether it’s the actor who wins or the ensemble that created the character, the conclusion seems clear — Gollum deserves his precious.”
At Howard Shore’s website, a listing for Pittsburgh, PA has been added to the LOTR Live listing.
In an article at CNN Ngila Dickson talks about her Oscar nominated costume designs. She has been nominated for both RotK and The Last Samurai. Her work, and that of the other nominees, is also featured in this article at CSMonitor.