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Year: 2001 (74th) Academy Awards

Category: Visual Effects

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

Winner: Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Richard Taylor, Mark Stetson

Presenter: Kirsten Dunst, Tobey Maguire

Date & Venue: March 24, 2002; Kodak Theatre

JIM RYGIEL:
I just want to say thank you to J. R. R. Tolkien who wrote it, Peter Jackson who directed it, New Line who supported it. My wife and family, Theresa, Sara and Jackson, who supported me. And the amazing artists at Weta Digital in New Zealand. Here it is.

RICHARD TAYLOR:
We wanted to weave a tapestry of heightened reality with the visual effects on "Lord of the Rings." And a tribute has to go to Alex Funke, DOP of the miniatures department. Carla Fry, who was there with us from the beginning. The wonderful people at the Weta Workshop, Mary Machlachlan, John Baster, Jason Docherty and Gino Acevedo, for their work with the creatures. And all of my good friends back at home and especially my partner Tania. I send my love to you.

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