The Hobbit snubbed by Baftas
It may be raking in the box office cash but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been snubbed in the Bafta awards nominations.
The British film award nominations were announced last night, and despite aspects of The Hobbit being filmed in England, the film was not nominated for a single major award.
The first in the trilogy of films, largely made in Wellington, missed nominations for best film, best director, and best leading actor and actress.
The Hobbit's first nomination, for sound, is quite a long way down the list.
It is also nominated for best visual effects and make up and hair.
Life of Pi, which is probably the closest comparison to The Hobbit for its use of 3-D technology, is nominated for a swag of awards.
They include best film, director, adapted screenplay, original music, cinematography, editing, production design, and costume design, and it competes against The Hobbit for best sound and special effects.
However, the poor showing is unlikely to concern Hobbit director Sir Peter Jackson too much.
The first instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Fellowship of the Ring, had a notably tepid reception in international awards but the trilogy went on to massive success and - most notably after the release of the final movie, Return of the King - a huge haul of awards.
2013 British Academy Film Awards main nominations:
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Michael Haneke - Amour
Ben Affleck - Argo
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty
Ben Affleck - Argo
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard - Rust And Bone
Best Outstanding British Film:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Best supporting actor:
Alan Arkin - Argo
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Javier Bardem - Skyfall
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Best supporting actress:
Amy Adams - The Master
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Judi Dench - Skyfall
Sally Field - Lincoln
Best original screenplay:
Amour - Michael Haneke
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
The Master - Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal
Best foreign language film:
Amour - Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
Headhunters - Morten Tyldum, Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn
The Hunt - Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann
Rust And Bone - Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
Untouchable - Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun
Best animated feature film:
Here To Fall - Kris Kelly, Evelyn Mcgrath
I'm Fine Thanks - Eamonn O'neill
The Making Of Longbird - Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
Best original score:
Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi - Mychael Danna
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas Newman
Rising Star Award (voted for by the public):
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