The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey might have been largely overlooked at this year’s Academy Awards, but among viewers it has been acknowledged as one of last year’s best movies. Winning heavyweight awards in two categories, The Hobbit movie fared very well at this weekend’s Empire Awards, staged by Britain’s biggest selling magazine specialising in film.
The awards are given in recognition of professional expertise and The Hobbit movie competed with Skyfall for top honours, both of which did well. The award is voted for by readers of the magazine and cinema-going public in general.
James Bond 50th anniversary blockbuster, Skyfall beat Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, to win the Best Film award and Sam Mendes was named Best Director. In the other major category The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy film. Martin Freeman won the Best Actor award for his performance as Bilbo Baggins, beating Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis and Skyfall’s Daniel Craig.
Interestingly, in ‘The Art Of 3D’ category, the equivalent category of which The Hobbit movie did better at the Oscars, viewers voted it behind the eventual winner: Dredd 3D. The Hobbit has now been recognised in the prestigious, yet more populist type of award in The Empires; however, the Saturns are yet to be revealed in which The Hobbit is also expected to do well.
Thanks are due to Empire who recorded Gandalf himself receiving the award on behalf of the film production: