Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Franchise
The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Considered to be one of the biggest and most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, with an overall budget of $281 million (some sources say $310 million-$330 million), the entire project took eight years, with the filming for all three films done simultaneously and entirely in New Zealand, Jackson’s native country. Each film in the series also had special extended editions released on DVD a year after their respective theatrical releases. While the films follow the book’s general storyline, they do omit some of the novel’s plot elements and include some additions to and deviations from the source material.The series was a major financial success, with the films collectively being among the highest-grossing film series of all time. The films were critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, winning 17 out of 30 total Academy Award nominations.
The films are subtitled The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers(2002) and The Return of the King (2003). They were distributed by New Line Cinema.
The three films together were nominated for a total of 30 Academy Awards, of which they won 17, a record for any movie trilogy. The Fellowship of the Ring earned thirteen nominations, the most of any film at the 74th Academy Awards, winning four. The Return of the King won in every category in which it was nominated, setting the current Oscar record for the highest clean sweep, and its 11 Academy Awards won ties the record held by Ben-Hur and Titanic(though both of those films had additional nominations that they lost out on). The Return of the King became only the second sequel to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
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