|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey|
|Writer||Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson|
|Starring||Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage|
|85th Academy Awards|
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first of a three-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel "The Hobbit" by J. R. R. Tolkien, to be followed by "The Desolation of Smaug" and "There and Back Again", due for theatrical release in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The three films together will act as prequels to Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy.
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling — Peter King, Rick Findlater, Tami Lane
- Best Production Design — Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright
- Best Visual Effects — Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R.Christopher White
The films follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.