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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

Let us know what you think about the Oscar nominations by leaving a comment below.

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.

  • As a non-technician I don’t know if nominations (or lack of) in technical categories are deserved, but overall it seems to reflect the general appreciation of this movie : good entertainment maybe, but not in the same league as the first trilogy.

  • José Tadeu Barros

    Correction: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey –> 3 nominations, 0 wins

  • “The Hobbit fails to impress”, this is a sad headline, The Hobbit, is my favourite book by the Professor, it is a great book and I would like to encourage everyone to read it, I can not envisage that the book fails to impress.


    too bad, really – was hoping that it would at least nominate in some of the ‘technical’ fields.

    Was really surprised that it didn’t get nominations for Song and / or Score.

  • Ari Renee

    I’m sad it didn’t get a win, but I think Peter Jackson still did a fantastic job considering the book didn’t have much detail to it. I still love the book so much!

  • Godfriend Arvanitis

    it would be nice if JRR Tolkien still lived…

  • P Jeanne Haessler

    The Oscars are renowned for not recognizing great film making with many awards given for popularity or political reasons and sometimes it seems, even just whim. The Hobbit Trilogy was brilliantly done however you look at where the story deviated from the book. It’s an adaptation of The Hobbit of course, the book as written wouldn’t make a great film. The Oscars ignoring Sir Peter doesn’t surprise me. Jealousy in some ranks? They put their heart and soul into making that film…the actors, crew, everyone and their best awards will be the affection and accolades coming from the fans’ hearts.

  • Cait

    The Hobbit honestly was a disgrace to my family and I. Does not even compare to LOTR and it shows through. Tolkien would have not been proud of this movie. I don’t mean to be abruptly and simply disrespectful, but it upsets me that they couldn’t stick to the characters in the book or the storyline. It upsets me that they don’t let actors actually act with each other. WAY to MUCH technology- Bring the earthiness and grittiness back from LOTR. Use make- up, use prosthetics- it pays off! Remember the white hand of Sauron Orcs from LOTR? They looked epic and so badass! The Goblins in The Hobbit looked pitiful. Are we in a video game? Loved the actors- but please Legolas stay in LOTR and Tauriel WTF? U are not in it. I love Evangeline, she’s so beautiful and talented, but please. I hate how they threw made up characters. Did not need them. Also those costume designs/beards? These are the noble and most skilled dwarves on Middle Earth and you make them look like the 7 dwarves. Dear GOD Jackson all that money went straight to your head.U let Tolkien’s epic story deflate in your hands…Congrats on the 1 win by the way.

  • Wayne Underhill

    Simply put,being a Kiwi…..The Ambiance of LOTR was much better.Also the cast of LOTR was much stronger,namely Viggo Mortensen,Sean Bean & the 4 Hobbits.Peter Jackson did a duty to the franchise by taking on the Directors duty with the Hobbit,but he was pragmatic,hence the loss of the magic of LOTR.

  • Gabriela Mirica

    I saw both trilogies so many times that i’ m embarassed to say. I like eveything about these films : the story, the actors and their performance, the original songs , the ideas about human values … Hobbit is about us little poeple engaged couragesly for generous ideas . It’ s our favorite for me and nu kids !