List of New Zealand Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of New Zealand Academy Award winners and nominees.

Best Actor[edit]

Best Leading Actor
Year Name Film Status Notes
1999 Russell Crowe The Insider Nominated
2000 Gladiator Won
2001 A Beautiful Mind Nominated

Best Actress[edit]

Best Leading Actress
Year Name Film Status Notes
2003 Keisha Castle-Hughes Whale Rider Nominated Debut performance
First indigenous person (Māori) ever nominated in this category.
Second youngest nominee (age 13) ever in this category.

Best Supporting Actress[edit]

Best Supporting Actress
Year Name Film Status Notes
1993 Anna Paquin The Piano Won Debut performance
Second youngest winner (age 11) in Academy Award history.

Best Animated Film[edit]

Best Animated Feature
Year Name Film Status Notes
2004 Andrew Adamson Shrek 2 Nominated

Best Costume Design[edit]

Best Costume Design
Year Name Film Status Notes
2001 Ngila Dickson
Richard Taylor
The Fellowship of the Ring Nominated
2003 The Return of the King Won First time that two different nominations in the same year and category were for New Zealanders.
Ngila Dickson The Last Samurai Nominated

Best Director[edit]

Best Director
Year Name Film Status Notes
1993 Jane Campion The Piano Nominated Second woman ever to be nominated in this category
2001 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nominated
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Won

Best Film Editing[edit]

Best Film Editing
Year Name Film Status Notes
2001 John Gilbert The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nominated
2002 Michael Horton The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nominated
2003 Jamie Selkirk The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Won
2016 John Gilbert Hacksaw Ridge Won

Best Makeup and Hairstyling[edit]

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Year Name Film Status Notes
2001 Richard Taylor The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Won Shared with Peter Owen
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Won Shared with Peter King

Best Original Song[edit]

Best Original Song
Year Name Film Song Status Notes
2003 Fran Walsh The Return of the King "Into the West" Won Shared with Annie Lennox and Howard Shore
2011 Bret McKenzie The Muppets "Man or Muppet" Won

Best Picture[edit]

Best Picture
Year Name Film Status Notes
1998 Tim Bevan Elizabeth Nominated New Zealand-born British producer
Shared with Alison Owen and Eric Fellner
2001 Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nominated Shared with Barrie M. Osborne
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nominated
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Won
2007 Tim Bevan Atonement Nominated Shared with Eric Fellner and Paul Webster
2009 Peter Jackson District 9 Nominated Shared with Carolynne Cunningham
2012 Tim Bevan Les Misérables Nominated Shared with Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh
2014 Tim Bevan
Anthony McCarten
The Theory of Everything Nominated Shared with Lisa Bruce and Eric Fellner
2017 Darkest Hour Nominated Shared with Douglas Urbanski, Lisa Bruce and Eric Fellner

Best Production Design[edit]

Best Production Design
Year Name Film Status Notes
2001 Grant Major
Dan Hennah
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nominated
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nominated Shared with Alan Lee
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Won
2005 Grant Major
Dan Hennah
Simon Bright
King Kong Nominated
2009 Kim Sinclair Avatar Won Shared with Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg
2012 Dan Hennah
Ra Vincent
Simon Bright
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Nominated

Best Short Film - Live Action[edit]

Live Action Short Film
Year Name Film Status Notes
1980 Lloyd Phillips The Dollar Bottom Won First New Zealander to win in any category
2004 Taika Waititi
Ainsley Gardiner
Two Cars, One Night Nominated
2014 James Lucas The Phone Call Won Dual British/New Zealand citizen
Shared with Mat Kirkby

Best Sound Editing[edit]

Sound Editing
Year Name Film Status Notes
2002 Mike Hopkins The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Won Shared with Ethan Van der Ryn
2005 King Kong Won
2007 Transformers Nominated
2013 Chris Ward The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Nominated Shared with Brent Burge

Best Sound Mixing[edit]

Best Sound Mixing
Year Name Film Status Notes
2001 Gethin Creagh
Hammond Peek
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nominated Shared with Christopher Boyes and Michael Semanick
2002 Michael Hedges
Hammond Peek
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nominated
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Won
2005 King Kong Won
2013 Michael Hedges The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Nominated Shared with Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson

Best Visual Effects[edit]

Best Sound Mixing
Year Name Film Status Notes
2001 Richard Taylor The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Won Shared with Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, and Mark Stetson
2005 Christian Rivers
Richard Taylor
King Kong Won Shared with Joe Letteri and Brian Van't Hul
2011 Dan Lemmon Rise of the Planet of the Apes Nominated Shared with Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Nominated Shared with Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, and Erik Winquist
2016 The Jungle Book Won Shared with Robert Legato, Adam Valdez and Andrew R. Jones
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes Nominated Shared with Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett and Joel Whist

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay[edit]

Best Adapted Screenplay
Year Name Film Source Material Status Notes
1980 Jonathan Hardy Breaker Morant The play Breaker Morant by Kenneth G. Ross Nominated Shared with David Stevens and Bruce Beresford
2001 Philippa Boyens
Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh
The Fellowship of the Ring The novel The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien Nominated
2003 The Return of the King The novel The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien Won
2014 Anthony McCarten The Theory of Everything The book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking by Jane Hawking Nominated

Best Writing – Original Screenplay[edit]

Best Original Screenplay
Year Name Film Status Notes
1993 Jane Campion The Piano Won
1994 Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh
Heavenly Creatures Nominated