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Return of the King crowned by Producers' Guild



Story by: Jack Foley

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has taken the prestigious Darryl F Zanuck award for best film at the Producers’ Guild of America (PGA) annual awards.

The accolade makes it the front runner for this year's Oscars ceremony and adds to a growing list of honours from other US institutions.

Ten of the 14 previous winners have gone on to take the Oscar for Best Picture, which makes The Return of the King a very strong bet, particularly as it triumphed over the likes of The Last Samurai and Cold Mountain, which were also in the running for the Producers’ Guild prize.

 

The Lord of the Rings trilogy has become one of the most successful in movie history, with the first two raking in about $1.8bn (£993m) worldwide, and the third grossing $710m (£391.9m) so far.

The PGA awards, which were presented at a glittering ceremony in Los Angeles over the January 16-18 weekend (2004), also recognised television achievements, with Six Feet Under taking the drama prize.

Sex and the City triumphed in the best comedy category, while Queer Eye for the Straight Guy won the reality, game or informational series category.

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