The second movie of the Hobbit trilogy has been nominated for three Oscars, with its main rival a George Clooney space thriller.
Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was nominated for best sound editing, best sound mixing and best visual effects.
Gravity, starring George Clooney was nominated in all three categories.
Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy was nominated for 30 Oscar nominations, winning 17.
The Desolation of Smaug continues Bilbo and Gandalf's quest with a company of 13 dwarves into the Kingdom of Erebor for a showdown with a treasure- loving dragon named Smaug.
Released on December 11, it has proved a serious box office winner, raking in NZ $970 million globally, according to boxofficemojo.com.
The first film of the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, was also nominated for three Academy Awards.
However it missed out on Oscars in best visual effects, best makeup and hairstyling and best production design.
Gravity and American Hustle had the most nominations, with 10 each.
The Oscars will be held on March 2.
- The Dominion Post
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