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Sir 's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has won an Oscar at an early pre-Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

According to the BBC, Weta workshop gurus Simon Clutterbuck, James Jacobs, and Dr. Richard Dorling took home a technical Oscar for inventing a technique to bring computer-generated characters to life. They were applauded for their work in creating expressive, authentic characters such as Gollum in the 2012 blockbuster.

The ceremony, the Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards, hosted by Star Trek co-stars and , recognized the behind-the-scenes technical stars who have made major contributions to movie. Portions of the event will be seen during the televised Oscars ceremony later this month.

The Weta Workshop is no stranger to Oscar glory. The Wellington-based company have already won five Oscars for their work in the Lord of the Rings series, as well as King Kong and 's Avatar.

Do you think Weta hit the nail on the head in bringing The Hobbit's characters to life? Let us know in the comment section below.

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