The third time was indeed the charm for The Lord of the Rings. The fantasy trilogy's final installment, The Return of the King, was named best picture at Sunday's 76th annual Academy Awards one of 11 Oscars the film picked up (tying Titanic and Ben-Hur for most wins in a single year). Rings was also honored for best director (Peter Jackson), adapted screenplay, makeup, costumes, sound, editing, original score, visual effects, art direction and original song. There were no surprises in the lead acting races as frontrunners Sean Penn and Charlize Theron struck gold for their respective roles in Mystic River and Monster. Oscar also stuck to the script in the supporting categories, with Renee Zellweger winning for Cold Mountain and Tim Robbins singled out for Mystic River. Elsewhere, Finding Nemo reeled in the best animsted feature prize and Sofia Coppola won best original screenplay for her indie smash Lost in Translation. And while Nibbles was passed over for best animated short film in favor of Harvie Krumpet who saw that coming? I still managed to correctly pick 21 out of 24 winners in our office Oscar pool. Go me!
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