The Lord of the Rings - Awards

Last Update: 24 March 2002


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring has won the following major awards:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars)

"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" has won the following awards:



"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" earned 13 Oscar nominations, more than any other film, including best motion picture, making it the clear front-runner in this year's Academy Awards. Rings' nomination total is one less than the record 14 of "Titanic" in 1997 and "All About Eve" in 1950.

Nominations were announced at 5:38 a.m. PST on February 12 at the Beverly Hills headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences by academy president Frank Pierson and last year's supporting actress winner Marcia Gay Harden.

This year's 74th Annual Academy Awards were presented March 24 at ceremonies at the new Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. They were televised live around the world, and were hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and broadcast by ABC in the US and other major networks around the world.

LOTR:FOTR was also nominated in the following categories:


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Few in Hollywood would have predicted that New Line Cinema's first installment of its audacious $300 million trilogy would magically transform into an Oscar front-runner -- if anything, it was regarded as a potential folly.

"We had to weather sometimes withering criticism (of the decision to film all three installments of the trilogy simultaneously), and there is a small sense of vindication with these nominations," New Line co-CEO Michael Lynne said. "But ultimately, it's really about the degree to which this film has resonated across the world." In the post-Sept. 11 era, "Rings" -- a tale of ordinary blokes battling a faceless evil -- appears to have caught a wave of the zeitgeist.

"We are elated to be recognized by the Academy in such a significant way,'' said Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne, Co-Chairmen and Co-Chief Executive Officers of the studio. ``We are tremendously proud of Peter Jackson's achievement with 'The Lord of the Rings,' and everyone associated with the creation of the film. It is truly gratifying to have the film be acknowledged in so many categories."

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But then, "Rings' " fellow best picture nominees also suggest that this was, in fact, the year of the underdog who unexpectedly emerges as a potential best in show.

No company benefited from Tuesday's announcements the way New Line did. Known as a rough-and-tough independent that found the adjustment to corporate life as an AOL Time Warner studio sometimes rocky, New Line has never enjoyed more than three nominations in any given year.

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New Line co-chairman-co-CEO Bob Shaye was celebrating Tuesday by swimming in the Caribbean. During the making of the movie, he said that he never thought about Oscar possibilities, and "It's not just because of superstition." The goal is always to make the best movie possible, not to worry about awards, he said. But he was extremely pleased Tuesday "at the great honor that my colleagues at the Academy have afforded us."

Just before boarding a flight to St. Bart's, Shaye got word that "Rings" had been nominated for best motion picture. That in itself was reason to celebrate, but when Shaye landed, he learned that his studio had earned 14 nominations total (13 for "Rings" and one for Sean Penn in "I Am Sam"). "Needless to say, I am ecstatic and very proud," Shaye said. "These are the most nominations we've ever had, and that is a tribute to the people that worked on these films."

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New Line co-chairman/co-CEO Michael Lynne said Tuesday, "Audiences have had their say all over the world, and now to have this kind of acknowledgement, across all disciplines, is a special kind of gratification."

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He has only been nominated so far, but supporting actor contender Ian McKellen already wants to thank the Academy.

"It's as if they announce the nominations so early in the States as a form of convenience for the Londoners," said one of the "Lord of the Rings" stars.

McKellen, who was already well into his day when he learned of the film's 13 nods, described the pic's noms as a "wonderful confirmation that the public was right. We knew that audiences have been pleased with the film, but to know now that the professionals consider it a job well done makes this all the more delightful."

"I was hoping to be recognized by the Academy because they are the experts," said the Best Supporting Actor nominee, aka Gandalf. "But 13 nominations! I was surprised."

McKellen, whose prestigious stage career has also made waves across the Atlantic, said the nomination was a "very sweet occasion" for him personally, for the movie, and for British talent as a whole. "Ever since Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel went over to conquer Hollywood, we have known the Brits could cut it in the movies," McKellen told Reuters.

"It is like having a wonderful time in someone else's home and then them giving you a present when you leave," he said of the Academy's nomination.

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"This exceeds even our best expectations," said New Line Cinema executive and "Rings" producer Mark Ordesky.

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Rather than be awakened by that hoped-for phone call, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" helmer Peter Jackson decided to wait up for it.

As nominations were being announced Tuesday morning in L.A., it was 2:30 a.m. the next day in New Zealand and Jackson was at home, entertaining friends and members of his film crew.

"We stayed up and played board games, waiting for the news," said Jackson, adding that the film's leading 13 nominations are especially satisfying considering the picture was years in the making.

Jackson, who earned a nomination for best director for "Rings," said the nominations proved a great victory for cast and crew.

The New Zealander whose unstinting personal commitment got "Lord of the Rings" to the screen, said he was "completely surprised" at the number of nominations, which include best film and best director.

"I've been working on these films for seven years. The most vital part of directing is to assemble a great team, to be a director is to be ringmaster of circus. I'm really pleased for the other performers, cast and crew. ...So much of directing achievement is really being leader of team," he said.

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Mixing actors with computer generated special effects, "Rings" earned many of its nominations in categories such as costume design, cinematography and art direction.

Details from The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, E! Online, Reuters and New Line Cinema.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out in a ceremony on March 10 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The awards were broadcast nationally on TNT. Click here for pix of Sean's arrival.

LOTR:FOTR won the following award:


LOTR:FOTR was also nominated for the following award:


The nominations for this year's Awards were announced on 28 January 2002. The winners were announced on February 24, 2002 in a ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London (also broadcast on BBC1). North Americans can watch it on March 1 on E! (check times locally). And Australians will be able to see the BAFTAs on March 2, ABC Channel 2 at 9.30pm.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring won BAFTAs for the following categories:

As well, LOTR:FOTR won the Orange Film Of The Year Award. The winner was voted for by the public, and received nearly 34,000 votes.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was also nominated for the following categories:

"It is thrilling the movie has been so well received by audiences around the world," said actor Sir Ian McKellen who plays Gandalf the Wizard in the film which toppled the other hot favorite, "Moulin Rouge," at the UK awards.

"I've wanted to make films since I was 10 years old," said director Peter Jackson. "I've watched the Baftas on TV and never thought that I'd get one. It's one of those weird things in life."

Jackson added: "The night's exceeded all expectations. I really came just to enjoy the nominations. I was hoping we might some technical award but I wasn't expecting this."

Joking about the film's haul of five Baftas, he said: "We will have to have a specially reinforced cabinet because these things are heavy."

"It is a labor of love made by fans of the book," he added. "We had the most wonderful cast and they gave the movie its heart and soul."

Reports from Ananova and Reuters.

2002 Empire Awards (UK) - Empire Magazine

Peter Jackson's three-hour fantasy won the following awards:

Christopher Lee, who plays Saruman The White, was given a special achievement prize for his decades in film, just days after receiving a similar prize at the Evening Standard Film Awards.

The awards themselves took place at London's Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday February 5. Empire Online has a full report on its website.

LOTR:FOTR was also nominated for the following awards:


The Phoenix Film Critics have announced their winners for 2002. LOTR:FOTR won the following awards:


LOTR:FOTR was also nominated for the following awards:

The Broadcast Film Critics Association winners were announced January 11 at the Critics' Choice Awards, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The ceremony was taped for broadcast January 14 on E!

LOTR:FOTR won the following awards:

LOTR:FOTR was also nominated for:

The Broadcast Film Critics Association represents 160 broadcast and online movie reviewers in the United States and Canada, which the group says makes it the largest of its kind.

The AFI Awards 2001 (the first annual awards event presented by the American Film Institute), were broadcast live from the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 5. LOTR:FOTR won the following awards:

LOTR:FOTR was also nominated for:

Golden Satellite Awards

The International Press Academy's sixth annual Golden Satellite Awards were presented on Saturday, 19 January 2002.


LOTR:FOTR was also nominated for:

The International Press Academy is a breakaway group from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group that organizes the Golden Globes.

Las Vegas Film Critics Society awards were held in early January 2002. LOTR:FOTR won the following awards:

National Film Critics Award

LOTR:FOTR was named the third Best Picture of 2001 by the National Society of Film Critics on 05 January 2002. Mulholland Drive was named Best Picture, and Gosford Park came in second.

The group of 52 newspaper and magazine film critics held its 36th awards ceremony at Sardi's Restaurant in Manhattan.

Florida Film Critics Circle Award were announced January 02, 2002. LOTR:FOTR won the following awards:

LOTR:FOTR was also nominated for the following:

National Board of Review

LOTR:FOTR won the following awards:

Online Film Critics Society

LOTR:FOTR won the following award:

Boston Society of Film Critics

LOTR:FOTR won the following awards:

Southeastern Film Critics Association

LOTR:FOTR won the following awards:

LA Film Critics Association

LOTR:FOTR won the following award:


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring has been nominated for the following major awards:

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) have nominated LOTR:FOTR for the best edited dramatic feature. Winners will be announced at the 52nd annual black-tie ACE Eddie Awards Feb. 24 at the Beverly Hilton.

Directors Guild of America

In the 54 years since the guild began distributing its award, the winner has gone on to win the best director Oscar all but five times. Last year was one of those times: the guild picked Ang Lee for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'' while the Oscar went to Steven Soderbergh for "Traffic.''

The winner is scheduled to be announced March 9 during the DGA Awards Dinner at Los Angeles' Century Plaza Hotel.

Jackson, who hails from New Zealand, was granted recognition for New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings," his lovingly detailed rendering of British author J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy realm of Middle-Earth. It's also his first DGA nomination.

"Well, it's great," said Jackson, who got the news in the Auckland airport as he arrived home after a weekend in Los Angeles, where he attended Sunday's Golden Globes. "All the awards, they are interesting because it's a cross between being honored for your work and the entertainment value of the awards. It's all fun. But the DGA nominations go beyond the fun because you are being honored by your peers. At the Golden Globes, I met David Lynch and made a point of sitting down with him because he's someone I admire. And I also met Baz Luhrmann for the first time because our paths had never crossed before. My head is kind of spinning, but tomorrow I've got to get myself into work mode and start cutting the second (installment in the 'Rings' trilogy)." (quote from The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan 02)

Jackson also said the key to the success of New Line's ``Rings'' stemmed from its emotional authenticity.

"We tried to take the genre and give it a strong emotional element that came first and foremost rather than the special effects,'' he added. "I think that helped transcend the genre, because fantasy films are usually left out at awards time.'' (quote from Variety, 23 Jan 02)

American Society of Cinematographers

Andrew Lesnie, ACS (LOTR:FOTR) has earned a coveted feature film nomination in the 2002 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. The winner will be named at the 16th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards dinner in Los Angeles at the Century Plaza Hotel on February 17.

The nominations were earned for a diverse range of projects, including period, contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, epic and intimate stories, produced both with major studio support and relatively minimal budgets.

It is the first ASC nomination for Lesnie.

The ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards were inaugurated in 1986 with the purpose of providing a forum for recognizing and inspiring artistic achievement in cinematography.

The ASC Awards have become a reliable precursor of Oscar nominations and awards in the cinematography category. Almost 90 percent of the finalists in the annual ASC competitions have subsequently claimed Oscar nominations. Four of the last six ASC Award winners also earned Oscars.

The 59th annual Golden Globe Awards were presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Jan. 20 in Beverly Hills. LOTR:FOTR was nominated for the following awards:

The Producer's Guild of America's top honor, the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award. The PGA Awards have quietly become one of the best Academy Award crystal balls. In nine of the last 12 years, the winners of the guild's Zanuck Award have seen their film go on to capture Best Picture Oscar statuettes.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring has been nominated for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.

The winner will be announced March 3, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Art Directors Guild 2001 Film and TV Awards
Ceremonies to Take Place Feb. 23

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) nominations in six categories of Production Design for motion pictures and television competing in the ADG's Sixth Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for the year 2001. Deadline for final voting by the 1,000 members of ADG is February 19. Black-tie ceremonies announcing winners will take place Saturday, February 23, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Nominations for LOTR:FOTR:

The Chicago Film Critics Association has announced their nominations for the 2001 Chicago Film Critics Awards.

Winners of the 14th annual Chicago Film Critics Awards will be announced in a press conference at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago. The 49 members of the association, from print, broadcast and on-line media, vote on five nominees in 13 categories.

CFCA President Dann Gire notes that this year's nominations ``show the wide range of engaging films and performances this year, and the diversity of the opinions of the Chicago critics from other critics' groups. This list represents a healthy cross-section of independent and studio works.''

LOTR:FOTR has been nominated for the following awards:

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