National Board of Review Bestows Awards to FOTR - Peter Jackson, Cate Blanchett win honors
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, The Man Who Cried, The Shipping News, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING
Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The National Board of Review includes teachers, actors, writers and movie-production workers. The organization publishes the magazine Films in Review.
So, why the "special achievement" award when the Board didn't consider it among the top ten pictures (in its estimation)?. Perhaps because of the enormity of the production, with this being the first time that three films were shot simultaneously.