The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring
Nominated: BAFTAs ; Golden Satellites (IPA); USC Scripter Award; WGA Awards
Past Oscar pedigree: 1995, nom, original screenplay, “Heavenly Creatures” (Walsh, Jackson)
Actor Brad Dourif on working with the writers of “Rings”: “You don’t just work for Peter, you also work for Fran. Peter might have one idea and Fran might have another, and somewhere in the middle is what you need to do. I think Peter was happy with my first (shots), but I don’t think Fran was, and Fran scared me more then Peter did.” (The One Ring.net)
What we said: “Early stretches are obliged to pack in a great deal of exposition, but screenwriters Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Jackson make it go down easily by mixing in agreeable doses of action and character work.” (Todd McCarthy, Dec. 3)
What the rest said: “‘Fellowship’ is a film that comes after ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Matrix,’ and it instinctively ramps up to the genre of the overwrought special-effects action picture. That it transcends this genre — that it is a well-crafted and sometimes stirring adventure — is to its credit. But a true visualization of Tolkien’s Middle-earth it is not.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
This could be the night: It’s the only script that has writers previously nom’d for Oscars.
Then comes the rub: The last adventure epic to win was Michael Blake for “Dances With Wolves” in 1990.