The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has received five nominations for Empire Awards. An Empire Award is an accolade bestowed by Empire, Britain’s biggest selling film magazine, to recognize excellence of professionals in the local and global film industry. The awards are voted for by readers of the magazine and in an annual ceremony the Empire Award winners are presented with the award which is covered by Empire and sometimes also televised.
The nominations come in these categories:
Best sci-fi/fantasy; The art of 3D; Best actor (for Martin Freeman); Best director (for Peter Jackson); Best film.
The public are invited to choose their favourites in each of the categories; their votes will decide the winners. Actually, after reading this you could get over to their site and vote for your favourite actor, director and film of 2013, (that’s The Hobbit, right?)
This accolade comes on top of nine nominations for Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, due to take place this Summer. Saturn Awards are highly prestigious, since they are awarded by insider specialists in the Sc-Fi and Fantasy genres.
What is interesting is that, apart from The Saturns, which by and large consists of people interested in retelling a fantasy story and who understand fully the art form, The Hobbit has largely been passed over by ‘Academies’ of professionals; yet in those awards that get a populist vote from actual film-goers The Hobbit movies have done well.
Empire tends to reflect what was appreciated most by cinema-goers. You only have to look to the nominations list to see that the most popular films are in there, among them Skyfall, Django Unchained, The Hunger Games, Les Misérables, Anna Karenina, and so on, some of which have been spectacularly ignored by the professional Academies, yet impressed in terms of footfall at the box office.
The rights and wrongs of this are not something to get into here, but we wish The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey every success at both The Saturns and the Empire Awards and you can certainly help out with the latter!