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News for Feb. 01, 2004

Return of the One Party Webcast!

2/01/04, 5:18 pm EST - Arathorn

TORn is currently making plans to provide a live video and audio broadcast of this year's Oscar Party here on the website, in association with our friends at Nexcess.net. The hope is to let those who aren't attending the event in person participate in the next best way - potentially also meeting up in Barliman's to discuss what's going on and touch base with any chatters at the party itself.

However, for the webcast to be a success, we'd really appreciate it if everyone could fill in This Short Survey so we have an idea of how to put on the best show possible. [More]

News for Jan. 31, 2004

John Howe Exhibit in Paris

1/31/04, 7:41 pm EST - Xoanon

John Howe Exhibit in Paris
John Howe in Paris

Thanks to Shinji & Kylia for these reports and pics! Kylia writes: I attended the signing session with John Howe in Paris about two weeks ago so here are some pictures and a little review of it, that you can use for the website if you want to! [More]

'Rings' digital dailies circled globe via iPod

1/31/04, 7:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Fans of "The Lord of the Rings" films know him as Frodo Baggins, but in plain technical terms, the cutest hobbit ever to shuffle onto the screen, in the guise of actor Elijah Wood, was essentially a storage transfer medium. [More]

The Big and the Sméagol

1/31/04, 7:17 pm EST - Xoanon

The bold attempt to film J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fable of Middle-earth has been a resounding success. Already, the first two films in director Peter Jackson's rousing Lord of the Rings trilogy from New Line Cinema have become classics—very successful classics: The Fellowship of the Ring, with its Hobbits, wizards, elves, and Orcs, generated $862.2 million in box-office revenue; the second film, The Two Towers, topped that with ticket sales of $920.5 million, putting it into fourth place among all films, of all time. [More]

MVPs of Middle-earth

1/31/04, 7:14 pm EST - Xoanon

As "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" marches along to what looks like Oscar glory, we thought we'd take a moment to remember some of the little people that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences forgot: actors who played key roles in the Tolkien trilogy's huge ensemble. [More]

TV Watch: Astin on 'Real Time' Report

1/31/04, 7:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Betsy writes: Sean Astin was on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last night on HBO. I believe it was episode 23, although he is not listed as a guest on the HBO site. The show repeats throughout the week, next showing at 10 p.m. ET today, Jan. 31 on HBO2 East. Sean did a great job and held his own against Bill; he got in a couple of really important points regarding our need to actually get educated and participate in the election process if we want to see change in our country. [More]

Andrew Lesnie at Berlin Film Fest

1/31/04, 7:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Andrea writes: Andrew Lesnie will be at the Berlin Film Festival to talk about the cinematography of LOTR. The whole thing will be a part of the "Talent Campus" series, the title and description of the event is "Pixel and Grain: Cinematography of `The Lord of the Rings`-Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie on handling the real and the digitals in `LOTR`". [berlinale.de]

Entertainment Weekly Oscar Guide scans

1/31/04, 7:02 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Roheryn writes: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King gets lots of ink in this week's Oscar Guide issue of Entertainment Weekly (Double issue #749/750). There is a 3-page overview article that mentions the film quite a bit, as well as individual features for Best Director and Best Picture, each offering one page of text with one photo page." [More]

Howard Shore Concert in Atlanta

1/31/04, 6:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter writes: Howard Shore is coming to Atlanta with 2 nights of live performances of music from LOTR in Atlanta Symphony Hall this June. Alan Lee's original illustrations will also be displayed during the movements and I have been told that tickets are selling fast. [More]

FIDM Exhibit Showcases ROTK Costumes

1/31/04, 6:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Grima Wormtongue writes: The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum Galleries present: 12th Annual "The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" exhibition. [More]

TV Watch: Annie Lennox on 'The Tonight Show'

1/31/04, 6:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Annie Lennox will be performing on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Friday February 6th. Will she be singing 'Into the West'? Lets hope! 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' airs on NBC at 11:35, the musical guest usually appears around 12:15AM.

Viggo's Prank Call

1/31/04, 6:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Thanks to everyone who sent in this quote from People Magazine: The Lord of the Rings crew (including Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Peter Jackson, and Dominic Monaghan) celebrated their best-picture win at the New Line party by calling Viggo Mortensen- tending to family business elsewhere in L.A.- collect. "He accepted", said Monaghan. "We gave him a whole load of abuse and then hung up on him."

360 Degrees of Wellington

1/31/04, 6:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Wistari writes: I know its old news but the image is pretty cool -360 panoramic (mouse moveable) image from the Welllington premier. [More]

Life, the Universe, and Everything In Utah

1/31/04, 6:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Heather writes: From February 19-21, Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will host Life, the Universe, and Everything: the Marion K. "Doc" Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy. That is a very long name for a fun and educational event that's now on its twenty-second year of existence. [More]

Making The Biggest Film Production Of All Time

1/31/04, 5:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Nazz writes: Richard Taylor (Visual Effects Supervisor is head of the Weta Workshop) and turned out to be one of the great surprises and delights of the entire press junket. Richard's eyes sparkle as he discusses what he loves. [More]

'Rings' characters discuss Oscar snub

1/31/04, 4:08 pm EST - Tehanu

Jan. 27, 2004 MINAS TIRITH (AP) The city of Minas Tirith has been abuzz today over the news that 'The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,' while receiving 11 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, did not receive any nominations for acting. [More] Story by Molly J. Ringwraith

News for Jan. 30, 2004

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend

1/30/04, 11:56 pm EST - Frode

The drama between Frodo, Sam and Gollum lies at the heart of Peter Jacksons 'The Return of the King'. The dynamics between the three travellers change as they slowly make their way from the Emyn Muil to Mt. Doom. Not only is there a growing strain between Frodo and Sam, but as they get closer to Mordor the Ring wears down what remains of good in the tormented mind of Smeagol.[More]

Crowning Achievement

1/30/04, 4:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Although composer Howard Shore has worked closely with other risk-taking directors, he seems in Peter Jackson to have found his ultimate muse. Howard Shore is unquestionably one of the great modern film composers. With over sixty scores to his credit, among them collaborations with Tim Burton (Ed Wood), Martin Scorsese (the upcoming The Aviator), David Cronenberg (Crash, Dead Ringers, et al) and David Fincher (Se7en), few of Shore's industry peers can match his versatile and prolific career stemming from his days as a musical director on Saturday Night Live. [More]

Emotional power of Ring role left me in tears

1/30/04, 4:18 pm EST - Xoanon

John Noble writes: Little did I realise on that February morning in 1999 that a call from my agent would be the start of a life-changing adventure. Could I go to Mullinars Casting on Wednesday to audition for a film called The Lord of the Rings? "Sure, why not? Fax me a script." I was to read for the part of a character called Denethor. Rapid research was needed because I had not read the book. [More]

Getting Out of the Hobbit

1/30/04, 4:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Dominic Monaghan has been in England for a few days and he's fighting a cold, which makes a change from fighting the monstrous orcs, ringwraiths, uruk-hai and other creatures that have been part of his life for three years. Although Los Angeles is now home for the 27-year-old actor from Stockport, he's back home to take a break from the whirlwind of premieres and promotional tours that come with the territory of being part of a film phenomenon. [More]

Howard Shore Interview

1/30/04, 4:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Roheryn writes: Howard Shore will be the guest on NPR's Fresh Air today, hosted by Terry Gross. If you can't catch it on the radio, an archived version will be made available online under the "Archived Shows" tab on the left-hand menu. [More]

LOTR Marathon in Singapore

1/30/04, 4:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Sasha writes: There will be encore screenings of the LOTR trilogy in Singapore! There will be 2 more screenings of the trilogy and both will be overnight on the 5th and 6th of Feb. The sessions will be at Cathay Orchard and at Golden Village Plaza SIngapura and tickets are already on sale at cinema box offices. Moviegoers who buy tickets will also get $4 discount for tickets to the LOTR exhibition at the science center march 14 - June 4.

Another Ring To Rule Them All?

1/30/04, 4:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Michael writes: Thought you might find this interesting. This popped up on my screen as an annoying ad until I saw the word “Trilogy” on it and read the rest. [More]

The Movies Are Over...The Battle for Middle Mirth Begins

1/30/04, 3:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Katy writes: I learned that Prairie Dog Productions in Boise Idaho is putting on a play called "Lord of the Ring Dance -or- Battle for Middle-Mirth". The auditions were two weeks ago, and the show is scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings from March 12th - April 17th, 2004 at 7:15pm (doors open at 6:45pm). It's at the Alano on 3820 Cassia.

News for Jan. 29, 2004

Rings weave profit magic for Time

1/29/04, 7:34 pm EST - maegwen

On the strength of its latest Lord of the Rings movie, Time Warner reversed a year-earlier loss to report net income of $US638 million ($827 million) during last year's fourth quarter. [More]

Storytelling and effects run rings around each other

1/29/04, 7:11 pm EST - weetanya

Susan Ager, a Detroit Free Press columnist, asks: "Are we ready to give an Oscar for best picture to a film that's a mythic tale plus special effects with no acting worth noting?" Her opinion is that smaller films have more actorly "heart" that Jackson's movies. [More]

On the other hand, the Chicago Tribune lauds the quality of LOTR's original material, claiming that it comes from an "impeccable literary [source]." [More]

'Rings' Helps Boost Revenue of Exhibitor AMC

1/29/04, 2:54 pm EST - Xoanon

The success of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is being credited for boosting the fiscal condition of AMC Entertainment, the country's second-largest movie chain. [More]

Time Warner Profits Up; Stock, Down

1/29/04, 2:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Time Warner may have been able to boast Wednesday that it had reversed a year-ago loss and had earned $638 million in the fourth quarter. [More]

Nominations versus box office numbers

1/29/04, 2:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Studios tally up the big winners and losers. Hollywood’s studios Wednesday began tallying winners and losers in the annual Oscar race, one day after nominations were announced for the U.S. film industry’s top awards. Financial winners were obvious, including such films as “Whale Rider” and “Monster” from Newmarket Films and “The Cooler” and “Girl with a Pearl Earring” from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. [More]

Oprah-Army Bumps Wood, Tyler and Mortensen from Hotel

1/29/04, 2:49 pm EST - Xoanon

From ctnow.com: Oprah turns 50, having a few million friends over. This Saturday, high-profile guests like Halle Berry, Julia Roberts and Maria Shriver will descend on the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif., where Oprah has rented rooms to accommodate invited guests. She's also booked all the rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara, forcing "Lord of the Rings" stars Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortensen - who will be in town to promote "The Return of the King" at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival - to relocate to the Bacara Resort in Goleta, Calif.

Boyens in an American Mind-Set for King Kong

1/29/04, 2:41 pm EST - Xoanon

"The Lord of the Rings" trilogy co-writer Philippa Boyens (or 'Queen of the Geeks' as she is sometimes called) talked briefly to the Los Angeles Daily News about Universals' upcoming King Kong adaptation, to be directed by Peter Jackson and to star Naomi Watts. [More]

Happy Birthday Young Taea Hartwell!

1/29/04, 2:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Young Miss Taea Alyssa Rae Hartwell, who had a small part as a Hobbit child in FOTR, turns the big 10 today!

Small parts being all relative of course, Miss Hartwell was born on January 29th 1994 in Wellington, NZ. Happy Birthday Taea!

Reminder: PJ Accepting "Modern Master" Award This Weekend

1/29/04, 2:16 pm EST - Xoanon

ShelaghC remind us: The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present this year's Modern Master Award to the director/producer/writer of the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, Peter Jackson this weekend. Festival Director, Roger Durling said "When I first came on board, I was asked who would be my choice for Modern Master. I could think of only one name that perfectly exemplified a Modern Master and that is Peter Jackson. My dream has come true. Christmas has arrived for me!" [More]

What Are You Tolkien About?

1/29/04, 2:11 pm EST - Xoanon

The United Nations announced yesterday that the kingdom of Gondor has officially been granted member status effective February 1, 2004. "We are very excited about bringing this stalwart nation into the fold," said Secretary General Kofi Annan. "I think this is a great day, not just for Gondor, but for all nations." [More]

Where the heck are the hobbits?

1/29/04, 2:08 pm EST - Xoanon

What, there weren't any award-worthy acting performances in this year's front-runner for the best-picture Oscar? Actors everywhere could be forgiven for feeling chills up their spines yesterday, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences showered the effect-heavy epic The Return of the King with 11 Oscar nominations, but didn't find even one of the movie's actors worth mentioning. [More]

Angel Writers Go Geek

1/29/04, 12:01 am EST - Xoanon

F.X. Moon as well as a few others, including myself, caught this while watching the latest episode of the Buffy Spin-off, Angel.

When Andrew sees Spike for the first time since (Spoilers for non-North American viewers hidden!)Spike has returned from the dead, Andrew hugs him (very uncomfortably, based on Spike's reaction), and mutters "It's like Gandalf the White returning from the pit of the Balrog. He lives, Frodo, he lives" - very funny.

And then, a little later, Andrew makes a reference to Spike's "Viggo Mortenson-like pecs".

News for Jan. 28, 2004

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards Report

1/28/04, 9:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Nerdanel writes: The Los Angeles Film Critics Association presented their 2003 awards Monday night at the St. Regis Hotel in Century City. (These awards were announced January 7.) The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won two awards: Best Production Design (Grant Major) and Best Director (Peter Jackson). [More]

Behind the scenes of the Oscar nominations

1/28/04, 9:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Spending the night with the best kept secret in Hollywood. The two copy repairmen contaminated themselves by getting off an elevator on the wrong floor. They would have to be questioned — and possibly quarantined. What could they have picked up by walking onto the busy fifth floor, instead of the deserted sixth, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters? [More]

Return of the Hero

1/28/04, 9:13 pm EST - Xoanon

The most impressive movie spectacles of 2003, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," both derived from famous sets of adventure novels by English writers, emerged as the top contenders for Academy Awards when nominations were announced yesterday in Beverly Hills, Calif. [More]

ROTK By The Numbers

1/28/04, 9:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Brandon Gray from boxofficemojo.com writes: Amidst the hullabaloo of the Oscar noms and Golden Globes, 'ROTK' accomplished something greater than the promise of Oscar gold -- it topped 'Finding Nemo' to become the No. 1 movie from 2003 worldwide. 'ROTK's global take climbed to $876.5 million, leaping ahead of 'Nemo's $844.3 million. On the All Time chart, 'ROTK' jumped to No. 6, topping 'Fellowship of the Ring's $869.8 million and 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' $869.4 million. In about two weeks' time, 'ROTK' should top 'Two Towers' $924.8 million to be the No. 1 movie of the 'LOTR' franchise. 'ROTK' won't even open in Japan until Feb. 14. Japan will be the key to whether 'ROTK' can top $1 billion worldwide (and in turn the No. 2 movie of all time behind 'Titanic's $1.8 billion). [More]

Carleton grad hopes third time is Oscar charm

1/28/04, 8:55 pm EST - Xoanon

After three straight Academy Award nominations, Barrie M. Osborne is glad he gave up on renting tuxedos. "I decided the first year it might be wise to buy a tux," says the 1966 Carleton College graduate. A nominee for producing each previous movie in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, he anticipated Tuesday's news about being nominated yet again for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," his own favorite of the three. [More]

The Purists vs. Film Fans: Ostadan's ROTK Review

1/28/04, 7:45 pm EST - Quickbeam

Greetings, Quickbeam here. We proudly present a remarkable new review of ROTK from the pages of Ostadan's "Lore & Letters." Using the very same logic Professor Tolkien presented in his essay 'On Fairy Stories' in 1947, Ostadan appreciates Jackson's trilogy by entering the "Secondary World" on the silver screen. Join us at GREEN BOOKS as we explore the WORDS and WORLDS of Tolkien.

Pictures from Lincoln Center event

1/28/04, 4:05 pm EST - weetanya

P.J. Durgin-Bruce was kind enough to send us gorgeous pictures of two hobbits, Gollum and Theoden King from the January 10th event at Lincoln Center. [More] TORn Staffer Luthien's original report can be found [Here]

Lennox: I Don't Know If I Can Make the Oscars

1/28/04, 12:18 pm EST - Xoanon

From IMDB: Former Eurythmics star Annie Lennox will only perform her Oscar- nominated song at this year's ceremony - if her family don't need her at home. The Scottish singer - whose track Into The West from The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King is up for the Best Song gong at next month's Academy Awards - has two daughters Lola and Tali with ex- husband Uri Fruchtman, and puts them before anything else, even the most exciting night of the showbiz calendar. She says, "I will if I can, it depends on what's happening with my daughter. It looks like fun, yes? But I'll definitely be at the Grammys!"

Oscars: 'Rings' Is 2004's 'Titanic'

1/28/04, 12:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Some years you can't predict the Oscars, but other years, oh boy, it's a lead-pipe cinch. For "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," 2004 will be much like 1998 was for "Titanic." It's a done deal. The third chapter of Peter Jackson's astonishing trilogy got 11 nominations this morning. On February 29, it will take home most of those statues. [More]

TV Watch: Odd 'Review' from Pardon the Interruption on ESPN

1/28/04, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon

I can only chalk this up to vying for a bit of attention. It seems Michael Wilbon & Tony Kornhieser bashed LOTR today on their show, 'Pardon the Interruption' on ESPN. They both admitted they hadn't seen any of the movies, but still proceeded to call it a "stupid hobbit movie". Go figure...

'King' extended DVD on the way

1/28/04, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon

Now that the last installment of The Lord of the Rings saga has reaped 11 Oscar nominations and appears a shoo-in for best picture, there is another concern on the minds of its fan fellowship. When can we expect the extended DVD version of The Return of the King? Director Peter Jackson just edited the four-hour, 10-minute longer cut, due in November. The theatrical version will arrive in May or June. [More]

Boyd and Bloom Meet Jaws

1/28/04, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

Lord of the Rings stars Orlando Bloom and Billy Boyd have survived a surfing scare off America's west coast. The duo thought they were heading for a gruesome end when they saw a fin swimming towards their surf boards in shark-infested waters, reports the Teen Hollywood website. [More]

BBC Poll Talks Oscars

1/28/04, 11:50 am EST - Xoanon

Aaron writes: There's a poll out at BCC asking which films should win an Oscar - ROTK of course! [More]

Happy Birthday Elijah Wood!

1/28/04, 11:09 am EST - Xoanon

Today, January 28th, is Elijah Wood's Birthday! Elijah was born on January 28th 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That makes him 23 today! Elijah, wherever you are I know you're reading this...have a good one!

More ROTK Clips Online

1/28/04, 11:05 am EST - Xoanon

Arwen writes: There are more ROTK video clips on the official website, www.lordoftherings.net. One of the clips "I'm On Your Side" with Frodo and Sam has been on the site for awhile. But there are new ones including "Ride With Us" (Aragorn & Eowyn), "It's His Time" (Arwen & Elrond), "Something For The Road" (Pippin, Merry & Gandalf), and "Is There Any Hope" (Gandalf & Pippin). [More]

News for Jan. 27, 2004

Behind the scenes of the Oscar nominations

1/27/04, 11:01 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Holly sends in a link to this interesting story detailing exactly what happens at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters on Oscar Nominee morning. [More]

UK Bookmakers Make 'Rings' Sequel Oscar Favorite

1/27/04, 8:52 pm EST - Xoanon

LONDON Jan 27 (Reuters) - "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" is hot favorite to scoop the best picture Oscar, said British bookmakers Ladbrokes on Tuesday, after the fantasy epic was nominated in 11 categories for this year's Academy Awards. [More]

Air New Zealand to begin direct flights to SFO

1/27/04, 8:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Air New Zealand, capitalizing on the rousing success of "The Lord of the Rings'' movies, which were shot in New Zealand, will become the first new foreign airline to serve the billion-dollar international terminal at San Francisco International Airport since it opened just more than three years ago. [More]

ROTK Clips Added Online

1/27/04, 8:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Bob writes: There is a site maintained by New Line called www.newlineawards.com. Today they added new clips, images, quotes and profiles of the crafts people nominated today for the Oscars. Among the clips now on line are 'The end of all things', 'I know your face' (Theoden Eowyn), 'You bow to no one' & Gandalf and Pippin discussing “death”. [newlineawards.com]

Dork Tower on ROTK 'Carbs'

1/27/04, 8:35 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks at Dork Tower have a little fun at Sam, who is apparently watching his weight! [More]

LOTR the Dating Manual

1/27/04, 7:13 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy johnillyv sends in this amusing story from AlterNet.Org that claims: LOTR may be disguised as a sexless geek-boy epic, but this trilogy is more riddled with dating tips than an issue of Seventeen magazine. [More]

Scientific Academy Award Nomination for 'Massive'

1/27/04, 6:01 pm EST - maegwen

The Academy bestowed a Scientific and Engineering Oscar nomination upon Stephen Regelous for the design and development of "Massive," the animation system used for the battle sequences in LOTR. Check out the nominees page here. The Daily News, NZ, ran a story about his achievement. [More]

Thanks to Ataahua for the scans!

Most Nominated Film Series

1/27/04, 5:01 pm EST - maegwen

Interesting tidbit of information from a Loyal London fan: This morning The Lord of the Rings trilogy became the most nominated film series in Academy Award history with 30 nominations, surpassing both the Godfather trilogy (28) and the Star Wars franchise (21). Pretty cool!

Info from PJ on ROTK EE!

1/27/04, 4:29 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Nerdanel spoke with Peter Jackson following last night's Los Angeles Film Critics Association's awards presentation dinner. PJ told her that he had just finished editing the ROTK EE-DVD and that it clocks in at... [More]

Peter Jackson on 'Rings' Oscar nods

1/27/04, 4:18 pm EST - maegwen

Barliman's own Sherlock passed us this link from CNN featuring an interview with Peter Jackson following this morning's Oscar nominees announcement. [More]

Oscar Party Hotel Update

1/27/04, 2:10 pm EST - Celeborn

We've made arrangements with yet another Hotel in the Hollywood Area for those of you who are still looking for lodging for The Return of the One Party. Follow the link for details. [More]

ROTK Lands 11 Oscar Nominations! Update!

1/27/04, 8:44 am EST - Celeborn

Oscar Party

The time has finally arrived! 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' has been nominated in the following Academy Award categories:

Best Picture
Writing - Screenplay - Adaptation
Music - Original Score
Music - Original Song
Art Direction
Costume Design
Visual Effects
Film Editing

Congrats to all and see you February 29th! Learn more at Oscars.com

UPDATE! Well, looks like the Academy messed something up. Barlimans Regular Dalgoth pointed out that the printable Oscar-ballot [Here] shows a nomination for The Return of the King for Sound Editing, instead of one for Finding Nemo. So could that be the 12th nomination? We'll keep you updated!

And so we will. Unfortunately most evidence seems to point towards an error on the printable ballot. The PDF-file of the ballot does have Finding Nemo listed as does the pressrelease from the Academy. It seems they have updated their normal ballot as well. No real harm done, although it is a bit sloppy. Sorry to get all of your hopes up, but on the bright side: we already got the Oscar for Sound Editing last year... - leo

You can also vote for your favorite Oscar nominated film on the oscars website. [Click Here]

SHOP: Sideshow/Weta's Morgul Lord Statue

1/27/04, 1:20 am EST - Celeborn

Sideshow/Weta released a preview image of their Morgul Lord statue in their weekly newsletter over the weekend. Check it out! [More]

News for Jan. 26, 2004

Party Goers: Reserve your Tux today!

1/26/04, 9:19 pm EST - Celeborn

Ringer staffer O2THX has landed an amazing deal for those male attendees of The Return of the One Party. Save 25% off your tux! Follow the link for details. [More]

Oscar-nominations to be announced tomorrow!

1/26/04, 4:29 pm EST - leo

Just a reminder for everyone who has enjoyed The Return of the King's success at the Golden Globes last night: the nominations for the 76th Academy Awards will be announced tomorrowmorning. AMPAS President Frank Pierson and actress Sigourney Weaver will announce the nominees in 10 out of the 24 categories during a pressconference to be held at 5:30 a.m. PST tomorrow. So for those in different timezones: that's at 1:30 p.m. GMT, or check here...

Some sure bets and wild cards for awards

1/26/04, 4:13 pm EST - maegwen

Some thoughts on prospective Academy Award nominees from movie critic Roger Ebert. Includes some nice speculation on a nomination for Andy Serkis [More]

Thanks to Ringer Spy Holly for all the links!

Hollywood Awaits Oscar Nominees

1/26/04, 4:00 pm EST - maegwen

The movie world is waiting to discover the nominations for the Academy Awards, which will be announced on Tuesday. [More]

Why Rings Director Deserves Oscar

1/26/04, 3:59 pm EST - maegwen

From BBC: The final film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, is being tipped for Oscars glory. Matt Mueller states his case for why its director Peter Jackson should win. [More]

Epic rings true at Golden Globes

1/26/04, 2:40 pm EST - weetanya

The Australian predicts that this year is the Year of the Rings. [More]

USA TODAY's 4th Annual Oscar Index

1/26/04, 2:26 pm EST - weetanya

From Ringer Spy Mark: USA Today's 4th Annual Oscar Index predicts that the build-up, the hype, the anticipation and the momentum will keep building for ROTK. [More]

SFGate: Globes no longer lord over Academy Award nominations

1/26/04, 2:04 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Regina said that this morning, SFGate posted a front-page picture of Peter Jackson smooching his Golden Globe, and asked "So what does it all mean?" [More]

MSN Golden Globes interview with Peter Jackson

1/26/04, 1:56 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Aelfwine sent us a link to a Peter Jackson interview on MSN's Golden Globes site. [More]

Mother moved by Walsh's tribute

1/26/04, 1:47 pm EST - weetanya

From Ringer Spy Ataahua: At last night's Golden Globes, Fran dedicated her award to a young New Zealand filmmaker named Cameron Duncan who died at the age of 17 from bone cancer. This article from Stuff.co.nz talks about his mother's reaction. [More]

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