Actors John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Liv Tyler, Billy Boyd, John Noble, Andy Serkis, and Sean Astin pose with their awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for 'Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' during the 2004 SAG Awards
(L-R) John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Liv Tyler, Billy Boyd, John Noble, Andy Serkis, and Sean Astin win Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King at the 2004 SAG Awards | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

With 30 Academy Award nominations, The Lord of the Rings film series features an ensemble cast of actors who bring the fictional world of Middle Earth to life. Based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy adventure novel, TLOTR‘s subtitles include The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003). Elijah Wood stars as Frodo Baggins, who embarks on a quest to destroy the Dark Lord Sauron via the One Ring. The Fellowship splits, and viewers are drawn into several fantasy worlds as they attempt to save Middle Earth.

TLOTR has become of the most successful movie series of all time both critically and monetarily. Winning 17 Academy Awards in total, the film is praised for its acting, musical score, special effects, and set design.


  • Premieres: 2001-03
  • Directed: Peter Jackson
  • Starring: Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, and Elijah Wood
  • Owned by: New Line Cinema and WingNut Films
  • Box office total: $2.991 billion (all three films)
  • Filming locations: New Zealand and United States

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