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)
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