By Michelle Seeber
Area residents were not surprised when “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” dominated the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Out of 35 people polled Sunday afternoon at the North Plains Cinema 4 movie theater in Clovis, 32 chose “Rings” as best picture.
David Marricle of Muleshoe said he was rooting for the fantasy. “I’m into science fiction and all that kind of stuff and the special effects,” he said.
Donovan Finley of Portales agreed.
“It was just cool how they built up the suspense through three movies,” he said.
As did Kacy Holt of Portales.
“The actors made it so believeable that you really believed they were those people,” she said.
Alicia Hatch, 42, of Portales wanted to see “Rings” do well because she read the books as a child.
“It follows the books really close, which is kind of rare these days, and the acting and the sets are just awsome,” she said
“Rings” is the last chapter of director Peter Jackson’s version of the literary classic written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
It is Jackson’s third “Rings” movie in a trilogy about a magical ring that carries great powers.