COMMENT | Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' films have certainly not been as successful as his first Middle Earth trilogy 'The Lord of the Rings', with 'Desolation of Smaug' even getting snubbed by the BAFTA awards, but it is up for three Oscars.
Before you get too carried away, it's not even close to winning any of, what is considered, the major awards losing out to the typical Oscar bait that gets celebrated at the Oscars, not that 'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' aren't great films, they just didn't feature an awesome fire breathing dragon, and I think ultimately that's what counts.
Alas, as previously mentioned 'Desolation of Smaug' does have a chance of netting three Oscars, although that's a paltry figure in comparison to the thirteen Oscars 'Return of the King' was awarded. I personally find this a bit baffling because I don't consider 'Desolation of Smaug' to be significantly worse than 'Return of the King'.
Anyway, those three Oscars the film is up for that I mentioned, what are they? Well Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson are contenders for the Best Sound Mixing category whilst Brent Burge is nominated for Best Sound Editing. The third nomination and quite rightly so goes to Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds and it is of course for Best Visual Effects.
Rather surprisingly, in my opinion at least, Ed Sheeran's original song 'I See Fire' wasn't nominated for Best Original Song, as I can't recall another song during a movie that I've watched recently accurately catching the mood of the movie as much as Sheeran's did, but never mind! The Hobbit also missed out on film editing, costume and design and makeup and hairstyling, which are all categories that I feel it had a decent shot in, but again, never mind!
I'll have my fingers crossed on March 2nd and hopefully 'Desolation of Smaug' can come away with three shiny trophies for its troubles and Peter Jackson can add them to his 'Lord of the Rings' collection whilst thinking to himself 'what the hell am I doing differently this time'... Because I sure as hell don't know!
Daniel Wood is a long-time 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' fan after his dad read him both books as bedtime stories as a child. Of course back then he didn't understand a word he was hearing, so he's grateful they made films. Follow Daniel Wood on Twitter.
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