How Many Oscars Did the Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King Take Home?

The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King took home 11 Oscars from the 2004 Academy Awards, which recognize film achievements. This set an Academy Award record for the most nominations in which a film won every category in which it was nominated. The film was the third installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy based on the fantasy books from author J.R.R. Tolkien. The 11 Oscars it took home included Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Song, Best Visual Effects, and Best Costumes. The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King also tied two other films for the most Oscars received for a single film: 1960s Ben Hur and 1996s Titanic.

More about the Oscars:

  • The Oscar statuette weighs 8.5 pounds (3.85 kg).
  • Walt Disney is most known for being an American icon for animated films, but he also holds the record for most Oscars at 22, and most consecutive years with nominations from 1941 to 1962.
  • Cinematographer, Hal Mohr, was the first and only Oscar winner to have been a write-in ballet choice when he won Best Cinematography in 1935 for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Discussion Comments


Even though I do think there are many movies that are deserving of Oscars, am I the only one who feels that sometimes, it's taken a little too far, and some films don't get the credibility that they deserve? For example, in some cases, even months before the night of the Oscars, you can easily guess what movies will win. This specifically applies to those sappy "inspirational" films that are meant to tug at your heartstrings. Some of them are quite manipulative, and have even been described by some people as "Oscar Bait", a rather clever term.

@Hazali - I really like how you brought up the issue about the Lord of the Rings movies being way too long. While the first two movies are around three hours, you can especially notice this issue in the third one.

After the big battle is over, there is still quite a bit of time until the movies ends, making it around three hours and fifteen minutes. Overall though, I guess the difference in this case is that they're actually trying to tell an established story, and don't plan on wrapping up everything in ninety minutes. Adding onto this, considering the fact that the trilogy had to be divided into three movies, it's really no surprise the films are so long. I understand what they were trying to do, but it's just not for me.

To be honest, I'm not surprised that Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King took home so many Oscars. Overall, the movie is very well done, and while it might be a little too long for some, it's definitely a cinematic masterpiece.

However, one of the best things about the movie is the way in which the characters are portrayed. Though the good guys are quite likable, and the villains thoroughly despicable, some others aren't completely black and white, and you don't quite find out what they're up to until a big reveal of sorts. Overall, the movie was certainly deserving of the Oscars, and it makes me wonder how the Hobbit prequels will do in terms of awards.

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