Featuring the epic battle field of Pelennor Fields, the siege of Minas Tirith, the destruction of Isengard, and countless other sequences, this film is the culmination of ten years hard work for Weta Digital. It encompasses ground-breaking technology and techniques. A multitude of sophisticated visual effects were employed to create landscapes and creatures at an unprecedented scale and complexity. The Lord of the Rings trilogy put Weta Digital on the map as a world class VFX facility. Each film won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, with this final film taking all eleven categories in which it was nominated.
[Jackson & Company] have changed the way production models are approached for large-scale projects. They have forged what may well be the premiere visual effects house in the business (Weta Digital). They have raised the bar for all filmmakers to follow.
Glen Oliver, IGN
Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture
Richard Taylor, Paul Van Ommen, Eric Saindon
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook and Alex Funke
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
Jim Rygiel, Dean Wright, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook
Outstanding Character Animation in a Live Action Motion Picture
Steven Hornby, Andy Serkis, Matthias Menz, Greg Butler
Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Joe Letteri, Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke
Feature Film Visual Effects - Winner
Best Special Effects
Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke