'Rings' Wins Eight Early Oscars
Sunday February 29 11:34 PM ET
Epic fantasy film "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" swept through early categories at the Oscars on Sunday winning eight awards, one in every category in which it was nominated as the night moved closer to the top prize, best film.
The final film in the trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's books about an epic struggle for control of middle-Earth among hobbits, humans, wizards and blood thirsty orcs earned Oscars for costume design, makeup, art direction, visual effects, sound mixing, original score, film editing, and original song.
Directed by New Zealand's Peter Jackson , the three "Rings" movies combined have earned over $2.8 billion at worldwide box offices, and "Return of the King" is the highest grossing of the three with over $1 billion. It is only the second movie in film history to reach the billion box office threshold, behind "Titanic," winner of 1997's best Oscars.
The "Rings" winners took the Oscar stage so often early in the telecast show host Billy Crystal quipped, "There is no one left in New Zealand to thank."
The Oscars, or Academy Awards, are the U.S. film industry's highest honors and are given out each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
EIGHT AWARDS!!! WOOHOO!!! i caught most of it...i missed the earlier parts but wth!! ahhhh
some of the cast were there ...CORRECTION ELEVEN AWARDS IN TOTAL!!! THEY GOT ALL THE AWRDS they were nominated for...yipee!!
..aWWW and they all sat at the aile for easy award receiving..lol...
sir ian mckellen was there and so were the 4 hobbits and liv tyler!! ahhh...lemme go find photos!
depp was lookin gd too - the sexiest man alive alryte~ lol =)
im SOoo freakin happy for the LOtR!!! YiPPEE!!..lol..the funny host was like saying..pple are moving to new zealand jus to be thanked...lol...awww....peter jackon must be sooo happy =)
congrats to the greatest film in the world!!!