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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/18/2002 , 179min.
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Plot & Details

The second film in Peter Jackson's series of screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's internationally popular Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers literally begins where The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ended, with the Fellowship splitting into three groups as they seek to return the Ring to Mordor, the forbidding land where the powerful talisman must be taken to be destroyed. Frodo (Elijah Wood), who carries the Ring, and his fellow Hobbit Sam (Sean Astin) are lost in the hills of Emyn Muil when they encounter Gollum (Andy Serkis), a strange creature who once carried the Ring and was twisted by its power. Gollum volunteers to guide the pair to Mordor; Frodo agrees, but Sam does not trust their new acquaintance. Elsewhere, Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) are attempting to navigate Fangorn Forrest where they discover a most unusual nemesis -- Treebeard (voice of John Rhys-Davies), a walking and talking tree-shepherd who doesn't much care for Hobbits. Finally, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) arrive in Rohan to discover that the evil powers of Saruman (Christopher Lee) have robbed King Theoden (Bernard Hill) of his rule. The King's niece Éowyn (Miranda Otto) believes Aragorn and his men have the strength to defeat Saruman, his henchman Wormtongue (Brad Dourif), and their minions. Éowyn soon becomes infatuated with Aragorn, while he struggles to stay faithful to the pledge of love he made to Arwen (Liv Tyler). Gandalf (Ian McKellen) offers his help and encouragement as the Rohans, under Aragorn's leadership, attempt to face down Saruman's armies, but they soon discover how great the task before them truly is when they learn that his troops consist of 10,000 bloodthirsty creatures specially bred to fight to the death. Most of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was shot in tandem with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during a marathon 18-month shooting schedule, overseen by Peter Jackson.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing Michael Hopkins Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Alex Funke Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Dan Hennah Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Jim Rygiel Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Randall William Cook Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Christopher Boyes Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Michael Horton Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Barrie M. Osborne Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing Ethan Van der Ryn Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Alan Lee Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Joe Letteri Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Hammond Peek Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Grant Major Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Peter Jackson Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Michael Hedges Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Michael Semanick Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture Nominated
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Peter Jackson Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 American Film Institute Top Ten Movie of the Year Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Composer Howard Shore Nominated
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Score Howard Shore Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Directors Guild of America Best Director Peter Jackson Nominated

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