Odds are The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won’t need special effects to pull off major Oscar wins Feb. 29. With 11 nominations, the final chapter in the trilogy is a heavy favorite in top categories. And despite stiff competition from the other visual effects nominees Master and Commander and Pirates of the Caribbean, aficionados say that director Peter Jackson, the New Zealand-based Weta Digital and Weta Workshop should prevail. [More]