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Synopsis

Monstrous spiders, dragon-aided epic battles, endangered hobbits and final farewells ... the finale of the Lord of the Rings trilogy boldly upped the ante. Although the first two films had excited viewers, critics and accountants, Return of the King sealed Peter Jackson's place in movie legend. Reviewers praised it with gusto and Return won a staggering 11 Oscars, a total matched only by Titanic and Ben-Hur. Return anointed a Hollywood empire in the Wellington suburb of Miramar; the box office figures weren't half bad, and nor was the effect on NZ tourism.

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 Peter Jackson
 Barrie M Osborne
 Fran Walsh

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 Paul Taylor MSc

Paul Taylor MSc

But ... We picked up what was ready at hand !
And we all did it for the love of the road !
Nup' Covered-up ness !

Paul Taylor on Return of the King (Jackson Walsh)

Produced by

  • New Line Cinema
  • WingNut Films
  • The Saul Zaentz Company

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 The Peter Jackson Collection

Quotes

We come to it, at last. The great battle of our time. 
They cursed us. Murderer they called us. They cursed us, and drove us away. And we wept, Precious, we wept to be so alone. [...] And we forgot the taste of bread ... the sound of trees ... the softness of the wind. We even forgot our own name. 
Every hour lost hastens Gondor's defeat. We have til dawn, then we must ride. 
New Zealand director, producer and co-writer Peter Jackson does author J.R.R. Tolkien proud by turning his tome into a film epic by which all future film epics will be judged. King pops your eyes, excites your senses and brings you in as close as a whisper for scenes of startling emotion. 
It's been a long time since a commercially oriented film with the scale of King ended with such an enduring and heartbreaking coda ... It's an epic about the price of triumph, a subversive victory itself in a large-scale pop action film.  

Awards

2004 Academy Awards
Best Picture
Director: Peter Jackson
Adapted Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson
Editing: Jamie Selkirk
Art Direction/Set Decoration: Grant Major, Dan Hennah and Alan Lee
Costume Design: Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor
Makeup: Richard Taylor and Peter King
Visual Effects: Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook and Alex Funke
Sound Mixing: Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek, Christopher Boyes and Michael Semanick
Original Score: Howard Shore
Original Song: 'Into the West' - Howard Shore, Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox

2004 Bafta Awards
Best Film
Adapted Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson
Cinematography: Andrew Lesnie
Special Visual Effects: Joe Letteri, Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook and Alex Funke
Also nominated for Best Direction, Supporting Actor (Ian McKellen), Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make Up/Hair, Sound and Music

2004 Golden Globes
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Director: Peter Jackson
Original Score: Howard Shore
Original Song: 'Into the West' - Howard Shore, Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox

2005 Grammy Awards
Score Soundtrack Album: Howard Shore and Engineer/Nixer John Kurlander
Song: 'Into the West' - Howard Shore, Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox

2004 Directors Guild of America Awards
DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures: Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham, Nikolas Korda, Zane Weiner, Guy Campbell and Marc Ashton

2004 Directors Guild of Great Britain Awards
DGGB Award - Directorial Achievement in International Film: Peter Jackson

2004 New York Film Critics Circle Award
Award for Best Film

2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards (United States)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2004 National Board of Review (United States)
NBR Award - Best Acting by an Ensemble

2004 American Cinema Editors Awards
Eddie Award for Editing - Dramatic Feature: Jamie Selkirk

2004 Producers Guild of America Awards
Motion Picture Producer of the Year: Barrie M Osborne, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh

2004 Art Directors Guild (United States)
Excellence in Production Design - Period or Fantasy Film

2004 Costume Designers Guild Awards (United States)
CDG Award for Excellence in Costume Design - Period/Fantasy Film: Ngila Dickson

2004 Visual Effects Society Awards (United States)
Four awards, including Outstanding Visual Effects, and Outstanding Models and Miniatures
Nominated for another four awards

2004 Writers Guild of America
Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson

2003 Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards (United States)
Nominated for Best Sound Editing  - Music (9 nominees)
Nominated for Best Sound Editing in Foreign Features (14 nominees)