The Desolation of Smaug: Awards and Accolades

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I’m one of those people who believes that a film does not necessarily have to receive an award in order to be a good piece of cinema.

Then again, it’s always nice when a film you’ve enjoyed actually receives a nomination (or praise) here and there.

In the next two months The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be featured in the two most prominent film award ceremonies: the BAFTAs and the Oscars.

Peter Jackson’s second installment of The Hobbit Trilogy has received two BAFTA nominations: Best Make Up/Hair and Best Special Visual Effects. The British awards will be taking place on the 16th of February.

Meanwhile, a total of three nominations have been announced for The Desolation of Smaug: Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. (The ceremony will take place on March 2nd).

Being nominated for the ‘technical’ categories was no surprise and whilst I’m pretty confident about the sound awards, I’m betting Gravity will be the winner when in comes to visual effects (and rightly so – that film was astounding).

Still, even just a nomination is a nice recognition for the work done by the VFX artists and sound engineers – not to mention, the make-up artists too and the rest of the team.

But that’s not all; a total of 4 more nominations – spanning across several award groups – have recognized the skill needed in bringing to life the world of Middle-earth.

Best Sound Editing (Dialogue and ADR) and Best Sound Editing (Music) by the Motion Picture Sound Editors

Production Design (for a Fantasy Film) by the Art Directors Guild

Excellence in Fantasy Film by the Costume Designers Guild

Whilst wishing all the relevant nominees the best of luck, we thank them for giving us yet another film worthy of the Middle-earth experience 🙂

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