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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 March, 2004, 08:42 GMT
New Zealand hails Rings heroes
Peter Jackson
The ceremony was held at the Queen's Wharf Event Centre
Director Peter Jackson enjoyed a celebratory homecoming after his Oscar triumph with a civic ceremony in his hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.

Jackson and his fellow Oscar winners were presented with glass goblets after winning 11 Oscars for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

"If there was an Oscar for the best city to make a movie in, it would be Wellington," Jackson told 2,500 fans.

The event was low-key compared to the film's world premiere in December.

The ceremony was held in an indoor sports hall due to poor weather.

The celebrations were delayed until this week because Jackson was busy preparing the DVD version of The Lord of the Rings and making plans for his re-make of King Kong.

Peter Jackson
Jackson is known for his dishevelled look

Jackson said his "second proudest moment" after winning the Oscars was being named as one of the worst-dressed participants.

"I thought that was pretty cool," he said.

Local cartoonist Tom Scott introduced Jackson by saying city mayor Kerry Prendergast had rung him asking what they could give the director that he did not already have.

"I said, how about an iron," Scott said.

Jackson revealed how the Lord of the Rings team had been told off for making too much noise on Oscars night by hotel staff, who also refused to sell them champagne after two in the morning.

The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King won 11 prizes out of a possible 11 at the Academy Awards.

It became the first fantasy film to win best picture - and equalled the record trophy tally at the Hollywood ceremony.

Jackson snubbed Hollywood by filming and post-producing the three Rings films in Wellington.

The films have had a huge effect on New Zealand's tourism trade, according to figures released earlier this month.

New Zealand's tourism market has grown by 8% to more than 2.2 million people.




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