It was a slightly disappointing night for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the Oscars this year. Kiwi hopes were dashed at the 85th Academy Awards when Sir 's first Hobbit movie failed to collect any of the three awards that it was nominated for, angering faithful fans and continuing an Oscar trend of favoring drama over fantasy film.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a contender in the Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling categories. However, despite picking up a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award in the run up to the main event, the movie failed to bag any of them.
The makeup-hairstyling team from Les Miserables was victorious, while Life of Pi's visual effects team won and Lincoln took the Oscar for production design.
An Unexpected Journey debuted in November to mixed reviews. Jackson's decision to shoot the film using 48-frames-per-second technology was lauded for creating hyper-real scenes while some found the experience too jarring and difficult to watch.
The Return of the King is the only fantasy movie to have taken out the best film category in the 93 year history of the Oscars Awards. The Lord of the Rings trilogy collected 17 Oscars between 2002 and 2004 from 30 nominations. As Jackson is also converting 's The Hobbit into three movies, I'm hoping that the accolades will come at the end: collectively they will be honored.
All we can say is, hard luck – this will not diminish the high regard in which the movies are held on this site nor the tremendous effort exerted by these artists. What say you?