The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may not be in the running
for best picture, but the Peter Jackson epic has picked up
three Oscar nominations.
The first film in the Hobbit trilogy was nominated for makeup
and hairstyling, production design and visual effects at a
Civil War saga Lincoln led the Academy Awards
nominations with 12, followed by Life of Pi with 11.
Hobbit director Jackson told Entertainment Weekly last month
he didn't expect nominations in the high profile categories.
However, he felt the film had "great possibilities in the
below the line categories".
"I wish it was a year where we could celebrate Ian McKellen
as supporting actor, or Martin Freeman - or Andy Serkis, for
that matter - as a supporting actor. The acting awards seem
to elude us, at least for these types of films. I don't know
Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy picked up a total of 17
Oscars, with the final film in the series, The Return of the
King, picking up 11 in 2004.
The 85th Oscars will be held on February 24 at the Dolby
Theatre in Hollywood.
- by Paul Harper of nzherald.co.nz