Monday, March 01, 2004

Peter Jackson just secured his place in the A+ list of Hollywood directors. The movie he helmed swept all the Academy Awards categories they were nominated in, bringing home 11 statuettes tying a rare feat with Ben Hur and Titanic in the history of the Oscars.

Hobbits on parade: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan pose on the red carpet.

The whole cast and crew on stage for the Best Picture award.

Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh show off their Best Picture Oscars

"I thought okay, maybe we'll win four or five or six maybe if we're lucky," he recalls thinking after the sweep. Millions of fanboys and girls must be screaming their heads off right now in triumph (not to mention the book sellers and video merchants who're bound to rake in more moolah than they could ever count). With this feat he made his country a lot prouder of their native son. So what's next for PJ? The remake of the 1933 version of King Kong, of course. "We pretend the 1976 version doesn't exist," said he. You can read an early draft script of the film here.

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