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It’s a clean sweep for Return of the King at The Oscars!

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

Dressing the Nazgul

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.

New Zealand partying already

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.

Thoughts on the Oscars

The Oscars winners will be announced tonight, and at Suntimes some of the nominees, including Peter Jackson, give their thoughts about the forthcoming awards.

Few surprises at the Oscars?

According to 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”.

Will RotK sweep the board?

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.

RotK – best picture, but not the best version?

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”.

Gollum and the Oscars

This article at 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.”

Howard Shore with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

At Howard Shore’s website, a listing for Pittsburgh, PA has been added to the LOTR Live listing.

Ngila Dickson’s Oscar designs

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.