When New Line Cinema honchos visited Peter Jackson's office in New Zealand soon after they had given the director the go ahead to make J R R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings epic, they were startled to see the posters for his earlier pictures.
New Zealand crowned Peter Jackson its "Lord of the Oscars" yesterday after the emotional finale of his fantasy trilogy dominated the 76th Academy Awards.
Fantasy is no longer an F-word in Hollywood.
Director Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" ruled the Academy Awards. Jackson won for best director; his movie won best picture and every other award for which it was nominated.
"The success of "The Lord of the Rings" has launched a war over Tolkien's politics, pitting pundit against pundit, and Viggo Mortensen against John Rhys-Davies..."
"Oh, I expect it to take home a good number of awards -- its 11 nominations are the most of any film this year. I just don't think it deserves to. Why? Because 'Return of the King' committed three crimes: It was boring, it was predictable and it was redundant..."
"New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" notched yet another victory Sunday as it took home the prize for best ensemble cast of a motion picture at the 10th annual SAG Awards..."
"Scholars and theologians say the trilogy espouses Christian convictions and creeds as well as pagan elements. Though some parallels can be drawn between Christian doctrine and scenes in the books, most of the religious symbolism lies slightly below the surface, never so overt as to distract from the story. That, scholars say, is what Tolkien intended..."