List of New Zealand film makers

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International Directors[edit]

Name Notable Titles Other
Andrew Adamson Shrek 1 and 2, The Narnia film series Academy Award nominee
Martin Campbell Casino Royale, The Mask of Zorro, GoldenEye BAFTA winner
Jane Campion The Piano, Holy Smoke! Academy Award winner
Richard Curtis Love Actually, Bridget Jones's Diary (writer) BAFTA winner, Academy Award nominee
Roger Donaldson Dante's Peak, Cocktail, The Recruit Golden Palm nominee
Ellory Elkayem Eight Legged Freaks
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, King Kong, the Hobbit trilogy 9 time Academy Award nominee, three of which he won.
Geoff Murphy Under Siege II, Goodbye Pork Pie
Andrew Niccol Lord of War, Gattaca, The Truman Show (writer) BAFTA winner, Academy Award nominee
Lee Tamahori Die Another Day, Along Came a Spider, xXx: State of the Union
Vincent Ward Map of the Human Heart, What Dreams May Come 2 time Golden Palm nominee
Niki Caro Whale Rider, North Country BAFTA winner
Brad McGann In My Father's Den MNZM

Domestic Directors[edit]

Name Notable For
Melanie Read Trial Run, Send a Gorilla
Murray Ball Footrot Flats
Jonathan King Black Sheep
Paul Maunder Sons for the Return Home
James Napier Robertson The Dark Horse
Hamish Rothwell Stickmen
Robert Sarkies Out of the Blue, Scarfies
Glenn Standring Perfect Creature, Irrefutable Truth About Demons
Michael Bennett Matariki
Taika Waititi Eagle vs Shark, Boy, What We Do in the Shadows
Paul Campion The Devil's Rock

Producers[edit]

Actors[edit]

New Zealand at the Academy Awards[edit]

New Zealand film makers have won a total of sixteen Oscars at the US Film Academy Awards from 41 nominations. Eleven wins were for work on the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The first New Zealand nomination was in 1958 for Snows of Aorangi with New Zealand's first wins coming in 1994 for The Piano. 1994

Winners and Nominees[edit]

Year Category Film Result Recipient
1958 Best Short Subject (Live Action) Snows of Aorangi Nomination
1964 Best Documentary (Short) 140 Days Under the World Nomination
1980 Best Adapted Screenplay Breaker Morant Nomination Jonathan Hardy
1987 Best Short Film (Animated) The Frog, the Dog and the Devil Nomination Bob Stenhouse, Hugh MacDonald & Martin Townsend
1994 Best Director The Piano Nomination Jane Campion
1994 Best Supporting Actress The Piano Win Anna Paquin
1994 Best Original Screenplay The Piano Win Jane Campion
1995 Best Original Screenplay Four Weddings and a Funeral Nomination Richard Curtis
1995 Best Original Screenplay Heavenly Creatures Nomination Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh
1999 Best Original Screenplay The Truman Show Nomination Andrew Niccol
1999 Best Actor The Insider Nomination Russell Crowe
2001 Best Actor Gladiator Win Russell Crowe
2002 Best Makeup The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Win Richard Taylor
2002 Best Visual Effects The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Win Richard Taylor
2002 Best Adapted Screenplay The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nomination Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens
2002 Best Art Direction/Set Direction The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nomination Dan Hennah & Grant Major
2002 Best Costume Design The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nomination Richard Taylor & Ngila Dickson
2002 Best Director The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nomination Peter Jackson
2002 Best Editing The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nomination John Gilbert
2002 Best Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nomination Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh
2002 Best Sound The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nomination Hammond Peek
2002 Best Actor A Beautiful Mind Nomination Russell Crowe
2003 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nomination Dan Hennah & Grant Major
2003 Best Editing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nomination Michael Horton
2003 Best Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nomination Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh
2004 Best Adapted Screenplay The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boynes
2004 Best Art Direction The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win Dan Hennah and Grant Major
2004 Best Costume Design The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor
2004 Best Director The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win Peter Jackson
2004 Best Editing The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win Jamie Selkirk
2004 Best Original Song The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win Fran Walsh
2004 Best Makeup The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win Richard Taylor
2004 Best Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh
2004 Best Sound Mixing The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek
2004 Best Actress Whale Rider Nomination Keisha Castle-Hughes
2004 Best Costume Design The Last Samurai Nomination Ngila Dickson
2005 Best Animated Feature Film Shrek 2 Nomination Andrew Adamson
2005 Best Short Film Two Cars, One Night Nomination Taika Cohen and Ainsley Gardener
2006 Best Visual Effects King Kong Win Richard Taylor and Christian Rivers
2006 Best Sound Mixing King Kong Win Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek
2006 Best Sound Editing King Kong Win Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn
2006 Best Art Direction King Kong Nomination Dan Hennah, Grant Major and Simon Bright
2006 Best Sound Mixing The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Nomination Tony Johnson
2008 Best Picture Atonement Nomination Tim Bevan
2010 Best Art Direction Avatar Win Kim Sinclair
2010 Best Picture District 9 Nomination Peter Jackson
2012 Best Original Song The Muppets Win Bret McKenzie
2013 Best Art Direction The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Nomination Dan Hennah, Grant Major and Simon Bright
2013 Best Picture Les Misérables Nomination Tim Bevan
2014 Best Sound Mixing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Nomination Michael Hedges
2015 Best Adapted Screenplay The Theory of Everything Nomination Anthony McCarten
2015 Best Picture The Theory of Everything Nomination Tim Bevan, Anthony McCarten

Special effects[edit]

Richard Taylor, who is the head of Weta Workshop, has won a notable number of awards for his work on the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and King Kong. Currently, he holds one of the largest Academy Award Collections.