Lord Award Juggernaut Rolls On

If there’s such a thing as the big ‘mo in the Oscar race, Lord of the Rings certainly seems to have it. The latest kudo comes from the Producers Guild of America which named The Return of the King its 2004 Best Picture recipient on Saturday night.

As with the Golden Globes, the PGA awards are closely watched because the correlation between them and Oscar wins is high. Ten of the past 14 PGA best pic picks have gone on to win the same award from the Academy.

“After this long journey to produce these three pictures, to receive this award is the greatest of honors,” co-producer Barrie Osborne said Saturday.

In a related, but hardly surprising development, The Lord of the Rings trilogy capper has also received a bundle of nominations for this year’s British Academy Film Awards. With 12 noms, the film was only slightly outdone by Anthony Minghella’s Civil War drama Cold Mountain. The two films are going head-to-head for best picture along with Lost in Translation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Big Fish.

The only real surprise of this year’s BAFTA noms is that both Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe are not among the field of contenders, though both gave strong, critically praised performances in their respective films.

The BAFTA film awards ceremony takes place Feb. 15 at the Odeon Leicester Square.