Andrew Lesnie ACS Wins Oscar
Los Angeles - 25 March 2002
First Time Academy Award nominee Andrew Lesnie ACS last night scored his first Oscar Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography on THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING; at the ritzy 74th Academy Awards Presentation at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
"I just want to say Australia and New Zealand are terrific places to grow up and great to work in and great to live in"
Andrew was up against fellow Aussie and ACS member Don McAlpine ACS Moulin Rouge; Bruno Delbonnel AM�LIE; Slawomir Idziak BLACK HAWK DOWN; Roger Deakins THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE
I'd like to thank the Academy and New Line, Mark Ordesky and Carla Fry. Peter Jackson who is a sensational person to work with, Fran Walsh and Barrie Osborne for giving me the opportunity to work on an amazing project. I had the privilege of working with a really sensational cast and terrific crews, predominantly New Zealanders. I want to send my love to my partner Bronwen and my sons Jack and Sam who are probably still at school in Sydney. I just want to say Australia and New Zealand are terrific places to grow up and great to work in and great to live in. And last of all, I want to dedicate this to the late Brian Bansgrove, who was the Chief Lighting Technician on LORD OF THE RINGS, on the trilogy and, Brian, this is for you. Thank you.