Jackson wins Best Director Oscar for LOTR
Peter Jackson won the Oscar for Best Director for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final part of the trilogy.Updated: Mar 01, 2004 11:23 IST
New Zealander Peter Jackson won the Oscar for best director on Sunday for
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
, the third chapter in the Rings film trilogy.
And for Jackson the third time - although only the second nomination - was a charm.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy has been a wild ride for Jackson, who moved from relative obscurity to the top of the Hollywood heap, with the films generating well over $1 billion in box office receipts.
But with The Return of the King being the best received of the three, which were filmed in succession several years ago, and Jackson winning the all-important Directors Guild of America award, his Oscar win was seen as all but inevitable.
With only a handful of films boasting titles such as "Bad Taste," "Meet the Feebles" and "Brain Dead" to his credit, Jackson at first seemed an unlikely choice for the "Rings" megaproject.
But his "Heavenly Creatures," a disturbing story of a real-life murder case in which two teen-aged girls killed the mother of one of them, drew critical praise and won him respect as a serious filmmaker.
Now, with the "Rings" box office bonanza behind him and an Oscar under his belt, Jackson can write his own ticket.
First Published: Mar 01, 2004 10:27 IST