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Last Updated: Friday, 16 July, 2004, 06:42 GMT 07:42 UK
University award for Oscar winner
Bristol Oscar-winning wig-maker and make-up artist Peter Owen has been awarded an honorary degree by his old university.

Mr Owen from Clifton firm Owen, King and Turner, won an Academy Award in 2002 for his work on Lord of the Rings.

He has also won international acclaim for his work on films such as Sleepy Hollow, Philadelphia and Chocolat.

Mr Owen, who studied French, German and economics at Bristol University, has now received a Master of Arts degree.

Costume department

The artist began his professional career in the costume department of the Bristol Old Vic.

When he received his Oscar nomination in 2002 he said making wigs for Lord of the Rings had been one of his "biggest challenges".

His company picked up a second Oscar in 2004 for the final instalment of the trilogy.

He told the BBC: "Do people realise that everyone in the film is wearing a wig?

"All the beards are fake, plus there are false noses and ears everywhere."

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