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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released in theatres worldwide on 19 December 2001. Faced with a production budget of $93 million, the first film earned a worldwide gross of $871,530,324. As in the rest of the seriesThe Fellowship of the Ring had a large ensemble cast, introducing Elijah WoodIan McKellenViggo MortensenSean AstinOrlando BloomLiv TylerJohn Rhys-DaviesSean BeanBilly BoydDominic MonaghanCate BlanchettChristopher LeeHugo WeavingIan Holm, and Andy Serkis. The first film's plot follows Frodo Baggins (Wood) and the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring as they begin their journey to destroy the One Ring and defeat the Dark Lord Sauron once and for all.

According to film site aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 91 percent of critics were favorable about The Fellowship of the RingEntertainment Weekly columnist Lisa Schwarzbaum called the film "thrilling – a great picture, a triumphant picture, a joyfully conceived work of cinema that (based on this first installment, with two more ready for release in the next two years) would appear to embrace Tolkien's classic with love and delight, and rewards both adepts and novices with the highest compliment of all: an intelligence and artistry as a movie independent of blind fidelity to the page." Nev Pierce of BBC added, "Funny, scary and, totally involving, Peter Jackson's assured adaptation of J. R. R Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings turns the book's least screen-worthy volume into a gripping and powerful adventure movie."

The Fellowship of the Ring received thirteen Academy Award nominations, winning in four categories. It also earned thirteen nominations at the 55th British Academy Film Awards, leading to wins in the categories for MakeupBest PictureBest Direction and Best Special Visual Effects. Other notable ceremonies where it received much recognition included the American Film Institute Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, the Empire Awards, the Golden Globes, the MTV Movie Awards, the Satellite Awards, and Saturn Awards. Various critics groups, such as those in Chicago and Phoenix also awarded the film. In total, The Fellowship of the Ring received 98 awards out of 152 nominations.

AwardsEdit

Academy AwardsEdit

American Film Institute AwardsEdit

ASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsEdit

  • Top Box Office Films (Howard Shore)

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television ArtsEdit

  • Best Foreign Film (Barrie Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Tim Sanders)

Bodil AwardsEdit

  • Best American Film (Peter Jackson)

British Academy Film AwardsEdit

  • Best Film (Peter Jackson, Barrie Osborne, Fran Walsh, and Tim Sanders)
  • Best Director (Peter Jackson)
  • Best Makeup and Hair (Peter King, Peter Owen, and Richard Taylor)
  • Best Visual Effects (Randall William Cook, Alex Funke, Jim Rygiel, Mark Stetson, and Richard Taylor)
  • Orange Film of the Year Award

Broadcast Film CriticsEdit

  • Best Composer (Howard Shore)
  • Best Song (Enya, for the song "May It Be" )

Chicago Film CriticsEdit

  • Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie)
  • Best Original Score (Howard Shore)

Cinema Audio SocietyEdit

Dallas-Fort Worth Film CriticsEdit

  • Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie)

Empire AwardsEdit

  • Best Film
  • Best Actor (Elijah Wood)
  • Best Debut (Orlando Bloom)

Florida Film CriticsEdit

  • Best Director (Peter Jackson)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett)

Golden Tomato AwardsEdit

  • Best Film (Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Barrie M.Osborne)

Grammy AwardsEdit

  • Best Score Soundtrack Album – Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (John Kurlander and Howard Shore)

Heartland Film FestivalEdit

  • Truly Moving Picture Award

Hugo AwardsEdit

  • Best Dramatic Presentation

Jupiter AwardsEdit

  • Best International Film (Peter Jackson)
  • Best International Director (Peter Jackson)

Locus AwardsEdit

  • Best Script (Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson)

Los Angeles Film CriticsEdit

  • Best Music Score (Howard Shore)

Motion Picture Sound EditorsEdit

MTV Movie AwardsEdit

  • Best Movie
  • Best Breakthrough Performance (Orlando Bloom)

National Board of ReviewEdit

  • Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett)
  • Outstanding Production Design (Grant Major)
  • Special Filmmaking Award (Peter Jackson)

Nebula AwardsEdit

  • Best Script (Frances Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, and Peter Jackson)

People's Choice AwardsEdit

  • Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture
  • Favourite Motion Picture

Robert AwardsEdit

  • Best American Film (Peter Jackson)

Satellite AwardsEdit

  • Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
  • Best Film Editing (John Gilbert)
  • Best Sound (Mixing & Editing) (Gethin Creagh, Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, and Hammond Peek)
  • Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Richard Taylor, Alex Funke, and Randall William Cook)

Saturn AwardsEdit

  • Best Fantasy Film
  • Best Director (Peter Jackson)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Ian McKellen)

Screen Actors GuildEdit

  • Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role (Ian McKellen)

World Soundtrack AwardsEdit

  • Best Original Soundtrack of the Year – Orchestral (Howard Shore)
  • Public Choice Award (Howard Shore)
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