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The Hobbit fails to impress at the Oscars

The third and final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, has been nominated for just one category in the 87th Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing. This falls short of Jackson’s previous films, including The Return of the King which received 11 Oscars.

The poor showing of The Battle of the Five Armies may indicate that there is a level of “franchise fatigue” with Jackson’s film or, of course, that the Academy regard the film less favourably. This is how the six films compare:

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 13 nominations, 4 wins (second-highest number of nominations ever)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 6 nominations, 2 wins
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 11 nominations, 11 wins (joint highest number of wins ever – shared with Ben-Hur and Titanic)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 4 nominations, 1 win
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – 3 nominations, 0 wins
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – 1 nomination

In particular, there are a number of categories that Sir Peter Jackson’s films have frequently been nominated for:

  • Best Visual Effects – 5 nominations, 3 wins
  • Best Art Direction/Best Production Design – 4 nominations, 1 win
  • Best Sound Mixing – 4 nominations, 1 win
  • Best Picture – 3 nominations, 1 win
  • Best Film Editing – 3 nominations, 1 win
  • Best Makeup/Best Makeup and Hairstyling – 3 nominations, 2 wins
  • Best Director – 2 nominations, 1 win
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – 2 nominations, 1 win
  • Best Original Score – 2 nominations, 2 wins
  • Best Original Song – 2 nominations, 1 win
  • Best Costume Design – 2 nominations, 1 win
  • Best Sound Editing – 2 nominations, 1 win

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About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.