Composer Howard Shore and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won both music categories at the 76th annual Academy Awards, held last night (Feb. 29) at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Shore won best original score, and the film’s “Into the West” — co-written by first-time nominee Annie Lennox with Fran Walsh and Shore — was named best song.
The song beat two selections from the “Cold Mountain” soundtrack — “You Will Be My Ain True Love” by Sting and “Scarlet Tide” by Elvis Costello and T Bone Burnett — as well as “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” by Michael McKean and Annette O’Toole (from “A Mighty Wind”) and “The Triplets of Belleville” by Benoit Charest and Sylvain Chomet (from “The Triplets of Belleville”).
Shore has now won three awards, all coming from his work on “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He last won in 2001 for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” Also nominated in the score category was Gabriel Yared’s “Cold Mountain” work, Danny Elfman’s “Big Fish” compositions, Thomas Newman’s “Finding Nemo” score and James Horner’s music for the film “House of Sand and Fog.”
Shore took home awards in both musical categories at the Golden Globe Awards last month, besting the likes of Yared, Elfman, Sting and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.
The final installment of director Peter Jackson’s trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” swept all of its nominated fields, winning 11 Oscars. The best picture winner tied “Titanic” and “Ben Hur” for the most ever Oscar wins.