The Hobbit gets Kiwis' vote
Kiwi movie fans have chosen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as their favourite flick of 2012.
The title was bestowed upon Sir Peter Jackson's fantasy blockbuster by nearly 6000 Kiwis who voted in the TelstraClear Flicks.co.nz People's Choice Movie Awards.
Over 80,000 votes were cast in 17 categories throughout December.
Despite opening mid-way through the voting period, The Hobbit proved close to film-goers' hearts with Sir Peter also taking out the award for Best Director. In its fourth week The Hobbit was kicked off the leading-position by Lee Ang's Life of Pi. The Hobbit is nearing the $10 million mark in earnings at New Zealand box offices.
Daniel Craig's return to the big screen as James Bond helped propel Skyfall to the winner's podium as the year's best action flick. Craig's co-star Javier Bardem took out best actor for a scene-stealing performance as the film's villain.
Best actress honours went to Michelle Williams for her turn in My Week with Marilyn, while Jennifer Lawrence - recently voted the world's most desirable woman by international poll on the website AskMen - won best hero as Katniss in The Hunger Games.
The Sarkies brothers' black comedy Two Little Boys, starring Bret McKenzie, was voted Best New Zealand film.
Other notable winners included foul-mouthed, pot-smoking Ted, which took home best comedy; box office juggernaut The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, winner of best drama; and Looper, which won best sci-fi/fantasy.
Nine-year-old American child star Quvenzhané Wallis won breakthrough performance for her portrayal of Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Movie of the Year: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Best New Zealand Movie: Two Little Boys
Best Action: Skyfall
Best Comedy: Ted
Best Drama: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Best Romance: The Five-Year Engagement
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Looper
Best Thriller: Argo
Best Animated: Brave
Best Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man
Best Foreign Language: The Intouchables
Best Director: Sir Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Best Actress: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Best Actor: Javier Bardem (Skyfall)
Breakthrough Performance: Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Hero of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Biggest Wanker: Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers)
The Dominion Post