Date: 1st March 2004

Lord of the Rings cleans up at the Oscars

Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King (2003) has won eleven awards out of eleven at the Oscars.

The final part in the trilogy picked up awards including Best Film, Best Director for Peter Jackson, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects.

The two previous Lord of the Rings films have had limited Oscars success in the past - picking up six prizes from 19 nominations between them.

But the trilogy has been a success with fans making it a box office hit.

The Return of the King recently became the second most popular movie of all time, taking more than $1bn at global box offices.

The tally of 11 awards equals the record number scooped by Ben Hur in 1960 and Titanic in 1998.

It is the first time a fantasy film has won best picture.

City of God (2002), Lost in Translation (2003), Master and Commander (2003) and Mystic River (2003) all lost out to the trilogy in the Best Film category.

Source: Press Release