Translation's Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, however, won the best actor and best actress awards for their roles in the Sofia Coppola-directed drama, while Peter Weir walked away with the best director award for Master and Commander.
Jackson, a New Zealander, was thrilled at the recognition given to the third and final installment of his Lord of the Rings trilogy.
"This is so fantastic," Jackson said. "We were a bunch of Kiwis making this film with American money and we were always aware that we were looking after one of Britain's most loved books. We always tried very hard to do professor Tolkien's book the justice it deserved."
Director Anthony Mingella's Cold Mountain, on the other hand, received a chilly reception. The civil war drama, which was nominated in 13 categories--one more than The Return of the King--won only two awards, best music and best supporting actress for Renee Zellweger.
Here is a list of winners:
Best film: The Return of the King
Best British film: Touching the Void
Orange Film of the Year (Audience award): The Return of the King
Best film not in the English language: In This World
Original screenplay: The Station Agent
Adapted screenplay: The Return of the King
Short animation: Jojo in the Stars
Short film: Brown Paper Bag
Make Up & Hair: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Visual Effects: The Return of the King
Sound: Master and Commander
Editing: Lost In Translation
Costume design: Master and Commander
Production design: Master and Commander
Cinematography: The Return of the King
Music: Cold Mountain