December 05, 2016

Peter Jackson posts fifth “Hobbit” production diary


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Can we pencil Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” into next year’s Oscar race?

I know, I know. We’re getting way ahead of ourselves here. But the charge of nostalgic electricity that jolted through our systems last week when Jackson unveiled his first official trailer for “The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey” only continues with the release of the fifth production diary from the New Zealand set of the ongoing adventure.

And from an awards perspective, I wouldn’t be that surprised to see “Hobbit” pick up the baton passed by “Return of the King” and continue competing in key categories (meaning “outside of the technical categories,” where it’s sure to be a powerhouse).

Few directors treat their fans to type of in-depth access Jackson is giving LOTR supporters in these “Hobbit” videos. In fact, I’d almost worry that Jackson’s revealing too much … but he knows his loyal fanbase is showing up nearly one year from now to see part one of the two-part “Hobbit” adaptation, and these production videos are simply appetizers meant to set the table and keep audiences entertained. It’s amazing how beautiful New Zealand looks in these simple features. And the scope of the behind-the-scenes information on a massive production such as this are a crash course for potential filmmakers.

Here’s the latest “Hobbit” production piece. More on this blockbuster as it continues to reach the Web!

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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