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Year: 2001 (74th) Academy Awards

Category: Makeup

Film Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Winner: Peter Owen, Richard Taylor

Presenter: Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe

Date & Venue: March 24, 2002; Kodak Theatre

We have been on the most amazing journey together due in part to the vision of Peter Jackson, the camaraderie of Barrie Osborne, the incredible support of Mark Ordesky, the faces and bodies of the actors who went through hours of makeup. My journey has been made whole by the love of my partner Tania Rodger and the wonderful genius of the small group of young New Zealanders that have gathered around us to make this so possible. Thank you, everyone, for helping us support this cause tonight. It's a lovely day. Thanks.

I just want to say I don't know why anyone gave me the job in the first place. I'm still recovering from that. I got an opportunity to go to the most beautiful country on earth, in my opinion, work with a genuine fellowship of people and torture a lot of actors. I can't thank the Academy enough for this. It's, it's delirium. Thank you.

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[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]