Dalmatians II, Two Towers Score DVD Exclusive Awards

The 3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards honored achievements in home video Tuesday night, singling out the second installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and heaping numerous accolades on Disney’s animated direct-to-video sequel to a time-honored classic.

Actress Jenny McCarthy (Scary Movie 3) hosted the event recognizing the individual artistic achievement in movies produced for home viewing and special editions of theatrical releases. Winners were selected by 600 DVD Exclusive Academy members made up of filmmakers and TV and DVD producers.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Special Extended Edition took top honors for Best Overall DVD, New Movie. The title also won Best New Movie Scenes for its 43 minutes of new and extended footage.

Best Overall DVD, Classic Movie went to Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.’s Alien Quadrilogy, which was released this week. It was also awarded Best Audio Commentary for tracks featuring director Ridley Scott, writer Dan O’Bannon, stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt and others.

Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie was awarded to Buena Vista Home Ent.’s Disney’s 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure, which also earned a Best Director win for Jim Kammerud and Brian Smith. In addition, Richard Gibbs score for the movie picked up Best Original Score in a DVD Premiere Movie and Robert S. Birchard was honored for Best Editing of a DVD Premiere Movie. Rounding out Dalmatians’ raft of wins is Best Animated Character Performance, which went to character design supervisor Dan Root and actor Martin Short for his turn as eccentric artist Lars.

Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo was also well represented with wins for Best Menu Design, Best Games and Interactivities and Best Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and Bloopers. Meanwhile, the LEGO/Miramax/Buena Vista CG-animated release Bionicle: Mask of Light was recognized for Best Visual Effects in a DVD Premiere Movie.

Produced by Dick Clark Prods. and DVD Exclusive magazine (a sister publication of Daily Variety), the ceremony was taped on Dec. 2 and will air on the FX network on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.