The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: 2003 Best Picture

“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won every single Oscar it was nominated for (11), including Best Picture and Best Director (Peter Jackson) at the 76th Academy Awards. The other Best Picture nominees were “Lost in Translation”, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”, “Mystic River” and “Seabiscuit”.

Sean Penn won Best Actor for “Mystic River” and Charlize Theron won Best Actress for “Monster”. The Supporting Actor Oscar went to Tim Robbins for the same movie as Sean Penn. Renée Zellweger won Best Supporting Actress for “Cold Mountain”.

Other films that got more than one Oscar nomination included “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, “City of God”, “Finding Nemo”, “The Last Samurai”, “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “House of Sand and Fog”. At the box of “Return of the King” ruled, but these titles didn’t do too poorly at all: “The Matrix Reloaded”, “Bruce Almighty”, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”, “the Matrix Revolutions” and “Bad Boys II”.

Jeopardy! clues on “The Return of the King”
NAME THE OSCAR-WINNING DIRECTOR $400: 2003 for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
THE MOVIES $600: He played Aragorn in the “Lord of the Rings” movies
OSCARS FOR MAKEUP $400: 2003: this last of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy
A VOYAGE THROUGH EUROPE $1200: (Jon of the Clue Crew delivers the clue from France at Mont-Saint-Michel.) The distinctive silhouette of France’s Mont-Saint-Michel was an inspiration for the design of Minas Tirith in this blockbuster 2003 film
MOVIE STARS SPEAK $400: He admitted that he didn’t read all of “The Lord of the Rings” before agreeing to play Frodo

More 2003 film clues:
BEST DIRECTOR OSCAR NOMINEES $1200: For this 2003 film, Sofia Coppola became the first American woman nominated for a directing Oscar
ANGELS $2000: In a 2003 HBO film Emma Thompson was an angel in America as Al Pacino played this McCarthy-era lawyer
WOMEN DIRECTORS $1200: Charlize Theron wowed the critics by playing against type as a serial killer in this 2003 film directed by Patty Jenkins
POP CULTURE $1200: When this film “Reloaded” in 2003, it needed the 1,943 people listed in its credits to make it happen
GETTING INTO CHARACTER $600: Tom Cruise learned to speak Japanese & wield a sword for his role in this 2003 film
FLICK ARRR! $400: Johnny Depp got gold caps for his turn as Captain Jack Sparrow in this 2003 film
OSCAR YOUNGEST/OLDEST $8,800 (Daily Double): Youngest Best Actor winner: This 29-year-old in 2003 for a WWII-set film
MOVIES & TV $400: Time magazine said this 2003 Pixar film was “the ultimate fish-out-of-water story”
VEGAS FILMS $1000: In a 2003 film he played “The Cooler”, a Vegas casino’s gambling jinx
ELVIS COSTELLO $800: Elvis was nominated for an Oscar & a Grammy for “The Scarlet Tide”, a song from this 2003 Jude Law Civil War film
ONE-WORD MOVIES $1200: No horsing around, the tagline for this 2003 film was “A longshot becomes a legend”
HEY, JUDE LAW! $400: Renee Zellweger is down on the farm as Jude heads back to North Carolina in this 2003 film
THE MOVIES $800: (Hi, I’m Sean Hayes.) In the 2003 film “Pieces of April”, I played an offbeat neighbor of this actress who had yet to meet & marry Tom Cruise
FILMS FROM COMIC BOOKS $1000: In a 2003 film this blind superhero, the “Man Without Fear”, battled Bullseye & a NYC crimelord called the Kingpin
ROMAN AROUND AT THE MOVIES $1200: In a 2003 film, this Hilary Duff character goes to Rome & gets mistaken for an Italian pop star– doesn’t everyone?
STATE GOVERNORS $200: Elected in 2003, dis guvenuh made his totally fantastic film debut in 1970’s “Hercules Goes Bananas”
HACKER CINEMA $1000: Seth Green invents an algorithm to change the color of traffic lights in this 2003 L.A. heist film
RUBY $800: On Feb. 29, 2004 she won an Oscar for playing a woman named Ruby

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