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New Zealand Lauds ‘Rings’ Movie

February 13, 2002

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) _ The local media lauded director Peter Jackson on Wednesday for putting ``New Zealand on top of the film world″ after ``The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring″ scooped up 13 Oscar nominations.

Trumpeting ``Lucky 13 for Rings,″ the Evening Post newspaper in his hometown, Wellington, headlined its coverage, ``Oscar smiles on Jackson.″

A more modest Jackson praised his production team for Tuesday’s Oscar nominations for the first film of the ``Rings″ fantasy trilogy.

The nominations recognized the efforts of the 2,500 people who worked on the film, Jackson said after partying with friends.

``Those 13 nominations, because they are in every department of production, preproduction, design, post-production ... those nominations have touched every one of those 2,500 people,″ he told National Radio.

``The awards are a byproduct, they are not the reason you make a film. But I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled that so many Kiwis have been nominated,″ Jackson said.

The 40-year-old New Zealander was nominated for best director and for co-writing the screenplay, adapted from the J.R.R. Tolkien book. The film’s special effects head, Richard Taylor, won three nominations for costume design, makeup and visual effects.

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