Rings, Disney Win Big at DVD Premiere Awards

With five wins out of six nominations, New line/Warner Home Video’s release The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was the big winner at the second annual DVD Premiere Awards (formerly the Video Premiere Awards), held last night at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Sponsored by DVD Premieres magazine, a sister publication of Variety, the event is unique in honoring the individual artistic achievements in movies produced for home viewing and special editions of theatrical releases.

Emmy-winning TV game show host, actor and Ben Stein served as host as more than 20 awards were presented by the likes of Kevin Smith, Gary Busey, David Carradine, Coolio, Nicole Eggert, Vivica A. Fox, John Landis, Adrian Paul, Pras, Eric Roberts, Lea Thompson and Henry Winkler.

The first installment in director Peter Jackson’s and adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (New Line) picked up four awards, including Best Overall New Extra Features, New Release; Best New, Enhanced or Reconstructed Movie Scenes, Best Original Retrospective Documentary, New Release; and Best Audio Commentary, New Release.

The award for Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie went to Buena Vista’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. The sequel beat out Disney’s other direct-to-video follow-ups Tarzan and Jane, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year. Also nominated in the category were Universal’s The Land Before Time: Journey to Big Water, Mattel/Artisan’s Barbie as Rapunzel, Pioneer’s Armitage: Dual Matrix Miramax/Buena Vista’s Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina, Buena Vista’s Rolie Polie Olie: Great Defender of Fun and Warner Bros. Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring.

Buena Vista’s Beauty and the Beast Platinum Edition won for Best Overall New Extra Features, Library Title, while its Monsters, Inc. captured the Best Menu Design award.

Best Animated Character Performance in a DVD premiere Movie was awarded to Anjelica Huston (voice), animation directors Gino Nichele and Sebastian Brodin, and character designers Jean Gillmore and Sean Newton for their work on the character Gothel from Barbie as Rapunzel.

Barbie as Rapunzel also nabbed Best Original Score (composer Arnie Roth), while “I’m Gonna Love You” (Madeline’s Love Song) from The Hunchback of Notre Dame II was voted Best Original Song. The tune was performed by Jennifer Love Hewitt with lyrics by Hewitt and Chris Canute.

Best Editing honors went to Erik Peterson for Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year, one of only three animated films nominated in the category.

The award for Best visual Effects went to Jamison Goei for his work on Buena Vista’s Hellraiser: Hellseeker.

This year’s special awards will be given to honorees director/writer Quentin Tarantino, Miramax’s co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein, director Peter Jackson, actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Warner Bros.’ The Matrix.

The event benefits Children’s Action Network, an L.A.-based, national charity committed to raising awareness about the joys of adoption and encouraging the public to respond to the needs of waiting children.

For a complete list of nominees and winners, visit http://www.videopremiereawards.com/