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Annie Awards nominates ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ for 2 awards

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUGThe 42nd annual Annie Awards nominees were recently announced, which has different dates for eligibility (so expect nominations next year for “The Battle of the Five Armies”.) “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” received 2 nominations from the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA). The Annie Awards honor the very best in the world of animation including animated effects. The Annie Awards are being held on January 31 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Steve Avoujageli, Atsushi Ikarashi, Pawel Grochola, Paul Waggoner, Viktor Lundqvist – Edge of Tomorrow – Warner Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures
Raul Essig, Karin Cooper, Rick Hankins, Owen Calouro – Noah – 
Paramount Pictures
Charles-Felix Chabert, Daniel La Chapelle, Spencer Lueders, Klaus Seitschek, Chris Messineo – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 
- Columbia Pictures/Marvel Enterprises
Areito Echevarria, Andreas Soderstrom, Ronnie Menahem, Christoph Sprenger, Kevin Romond – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Metro Goldwyn Mayer/New Line Cinema/WingNut Films
Michael Balog, Jim Van Allen, Rick Hankins, John Hansen – Transformers: Age of Extinction -
 Paramount Pictures
Jeremy Hampton, Daniel Stern, Edmond Smith III, Hiroshi Tsubokawa, Daniel Jenkins – X-Men: Days of Future Past – 
Digital Domain 3.0, Inc.

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Daniel Barrett, Paul Story, Eteuati Tema, Alessandro Bonora, Dejan Momcilovic – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
 – Chernin Entertainment/Ingenious Media/TSG Entertainment
Kevin Spruce, Dale Newton, Sidney Kombo, Chris Mullins, Brad Silby – Guardians of the Galaxy – Marvel Studios
Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Andreja Vuckovic, Guillaume Francois, Gios Johnston – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Metro Goldwyn Mayer/New Line Cinema/WingNut Films

Full list of nominees at AnnieAwards.org.
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Visual Effects Society nominates ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ for 4 awards!

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUGWhile the Academy Awards did not recognize “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” in the Visual Effects category, the Visual Effects Society did. The 13th Annual VES Awards were announced with “The Hobbit” receiving 4 nominations. The VES Awards will be held on February 4th in Beverly Hills.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
Maleficent
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Outstanding Models in any Motion Media Project
Big Hero 6; City of San Fransokyo
The Boxtrolls; Mecha-Drill
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies; Laketown
Transformers: Age of Extinction; Knightship

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Helicarrier Broadside and Crash
Edge of Tomorrow; Destruction and Sand
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
X-Men: Days of Future Past; Quicksilver Pentagon Kitchen

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow; Beach
Interstellar; Water
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Full list of nominees at VES.
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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ receives an Oscar nomination

oscarsThe 87th Academy Award Nominations for the 2015 Oscars were announced this morning. Every year there are surprises and “snubs” and this year is no exception with chatter about films like “Selma” and “Gone Girl” lighting up Twitter and award blogs.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” received only 1 nomination for its final outing for Sound Editing. “The Desolation of Smaug” and “An Unexpected Journey” each received 3 nominations so this a bit of a surprise. “The Battle of the Five Armies” missed out on a nomination this time in the stacked Visual Effects category despite being a finalist. Joe Letteri did receive a nomination for his work on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. The other nominees in this category are “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Interstellar”, and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. Sadly, “The Hobbit” also missed out in the Original Song category. Here’s the list for Sound Editing:

SOUND EDITING
American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
Interstellar – Richard King
Unbroken – Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Full list of nominees at Oscars.com. Weta Digital won a scientific and technical Academy Award that was announced yesterday. Finally, congratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch who received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in “The Imitation Game”.
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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ visual effects nominated for a BAFTA Award

ldlce-extrasve59Nominations for the British Academy Film Awards were announced today. The BAFTAs ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry on Sunday, February 8 in London. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” received a nomination for special visual effects with Joe Letteri netting two nominations — one for his work in “The Hobbit” and the other for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”:

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi
THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
INTERSTELLAR Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

Source: BAFTA
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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ receives Costume Guild nomination

HBT3-fs-340682.DNGNominations for the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards were announced today. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” received a nomination in the category for Excellence in Fantasy Film:

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM
Guardians of the Galaxy – Alexandra Byrne
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Bob Buck, Lesley Burkes-Harding, Ann Maskrey
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Kurt and Bart
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard, Jane Clive

Congratulations to the team who worked on “The Hobbit” for this recognition! The winner will be announced at a gala event on Tuesday, February 17th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Source: Awards Daily
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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ receives 2 Critics Choice nominations

wpid-the_hobbit_the_battle_of_the_five_armies_thranduilNominations for the 20th annual BFCA Critics’ Choice awards were announced this morning. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” received 2 nominations in the categories for Best Hair & Makeup and Best Visual Effects, where they face tough competition:

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Foxcatcher
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
Maleficent

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

Congratulations to the talented crew who worked on “The Hobbit” for these deserving nominations.

Source: Critics’ Choice
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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ music advances in Oscar race

1 howard shore OscarFor the upcoming 87th Academy Awards, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” has qualified and is eligible for nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories.

114 film scores made the cut, including Howard Shore’s score for “The Battle of the Five Armies”. 79 songs qualified in this notoriously difficult category, including “The Last Goodbye” written by Billy Boyd, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh. From these lists, final nominees will be selected and voted on. The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 15. View full lists of all eligible films for Best Score or Best Song.
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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ nominated for a SAG award!

Hobbit cast posterNominations for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was recognized in the stunt ensemble category with a fairly elective mix of fellow nominees:

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“FURY” (Columbia Pictures)
“GET ON UP” (Universal Pictures)
“THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“UNBROKEN” (Universal Pictures)
“X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST” (20th Century Fox)

The televised ceremony airs on January 25, 2015. It’s worth noting that “The Desolation of Smaug” and “An Unexpected Journey” were not nominated so this marks the only SAG nomination for any “Hobbit” film. Congratulations to “The Battle of the Five Armies” stunt coordinators and performers for this worthy nomination!

Source: Awards Daily
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The Hobbit in contention for the Oscars

Bilbo stingThe awards season is upon us with almost daily news about a critics group or association announcing nominations or awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the 10 contenders that remain in the running for a Best Visual Effects nomination at the upcoming 87th Academy Awards. The contenders will present an effects reel to Academy branch members who are eligible to vote on January 10, 2015. The final Oscar nominations will be announced on January 15. This is now the 3rd time that “The Hobbit” has made the short list. It was previously nominated in 2012 and 2013 for “An Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug”. “The Lord of the Rings” took this Oscar home in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

“The Battle of the Five Armies” is up against stiff competition with the likes of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Interstellar”. Here’s the list of the final 10 films:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Godzilla
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Maleficent
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Transformers: Age of Extinction
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Yesterday, the Grammy nominations were also announced. “The Desolation of Smaug” was recognized in the category Best Song Written for Visual Media for Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire”. Congratulations to Ed Sheeran for also being honored with Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album nominations for “X”.

Sources: Oscars.org, Radio.com


Join us in Los Angeles in February at The One Last Party

one last party logo We’re hosting a Party of Special Magnificence next February — a final toast to all SIX movies, both The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy.

We’re inviting you to join us and make it happen through our Indiegogo campaign — so we can all celebrate Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies together!

Visit our campaign page and find out how you can get involved!

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Prancing Pony original craftwork inspired by Middle-earth

Prancing Pony mugsWe’re getting closer to the “One Dragon, One Party”! As part of this special event, we’ll be holding a live auction and raffle with unique items we hope all attendees will enjoy. We’re excited to highlight a generous auction donation from talented artist Sean Robinson.

For our party, Sean has donated one 20 ounce green mug and one 24 ounce brown mug featuring a Prancing Pony medallion. Both mugs are dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. They are thrown with a mid-fire stoneware clay and the medallion is washed with iron oxide to bring out the details.
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Visual Effects Society Nominations Announced

headThe Visual Effects Society have announced their nominations for the 12th annual VES Awards. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has earned 5 nominations and will going up against its toughest competition “Gravity”. “Gravity” received 8 nominations over “The Desolation of Smaug”. Although, the mighty Smaug is the likely favorite to win Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture. Has there ever been a more magnificent dragon on screen before? See below for “The Desolation of Smaug” nominations or view all of the nominations.
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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ receives 2 BAFTA nominations

Desolation of Smaug Poster The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced their annual award nominations this morning. ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ picked up 2 nominations. Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, and Rick Findlater are nominated for Best Make-up and Hair. They are nominated alongside worthy contenders ‘The Butler’, ‘Behind the Candelabra’, ‘American Hustle’, and ‘The Great Gatsby’. Each film has its own unique style or time period, whether set in Middle-earth or a fantastical version of the roaring 20’s. The overall awards buzz (and love) for ‘American Hustle’ might swing momentum its way even in this category.

Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and Eric Reynolds are nominated for Best Special Visual Effects. In this tough field, ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ is going up against ‘Pacific Rim’, ‘Gravity’, ‘Iron Man 3′ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’. Smaug the Mighty is facing the most competition from the groundbreaking effects in ‘Gravity’, the odds-on favorite. ‘Gravity’ has the most nominations with 11 overall including for Best Film and Director. Following behind are ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ with 10 nominations each.

See the full list of nominees.

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