Fourth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

This Christmas, the journey ends.

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel); Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson (screenplay)

Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Andy Sirkis, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Miranda Otto, Bernard Hill, John Noble, David Wenham, Karl Urban, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett

Primary Genres:
Science Fiction/Fantasy; Action/Adventure

2003 Cosmique Movie Awards

  • Nominations:  26
  • Category Awards:  12
  • Rating Awards: Most Watched, Highest Rated, and Most Popular


  • Viewers100% of raters (1st place)
  • Average Rating: 9.17 (1st place)
  • Weighted Rank: 917 (1st place)


While Frodo and Sam continue their perilous quest to throw the One Ring into the fiery depths of Mount Doom, the remaining survivors of the fellowship seek to marshal their forces against Sauron's armies in an effort to draw his attention away from his own land.

With an almost-embarrassing 26 nominations, The Return of the King has become the most-nominated film in Cosmo history, surpassing the previous record of 21 nominations held by The Two Towers, the second film in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And now with 12 awards - including Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Drama - it becomes the most decorated film in Cosmo history, surpassing The Two Towers' nine awards.


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Reviews from Cosmo Voters:

    When a reviewer is a devoté of science fiction and fantasy books and films, it's easy to dismiss his positive reviews as the predictable raves of a fan. But one can't forget that even the Motion Picture Academy of America nominated both of the first two films for Best Picture, and most critics agree that "Return of the King" is even better.

    Better? It's stellar. It's the best conclusion to a trilogy ever, the first one to avoid letting down the fans in the final reel. Peter Jackson succeeds in making one of the most visually stunning, exciting movies of all time, yet does so without forgetting to focus on the "humanity" of the characters (using the term loosely, since many of the spectacular performances come from elves, dwarves, hobbits, and Istari).

    Some critics have complained that the film forgets to end, and that there were four to six other places where it could (and should) have ended first. It's likely that most of these critics haven't read the books, which is fine, as the film needs to stand on its own. But actually, Peter cut out a few additional possible end points, but ended exactly where Tolkien did, with the exact same line of dialog.

    Purists will have a few items to quibble about, but overall, the film is very faithful to the book (more so than the second film). I'm eagerly awaiting the Special Edition DVD to see what gems got cut.

    This film deserves all of the same Cosmo nominations granted to "The Two Towers," and then some. In particular, Sean Astin definitely deserves a Best Supporting Actor nomination (and is getting a lot of Oscar buzz, too).

    My grade: A +

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