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News; Saturn Award Nominations announced, Empire Award nominations announced, Building Smaug,and See Cumberbatch perform as Smaug,

Although ‘The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug’ was only nominated for three technical Oscars, the movie was more successful in regards to some other Awards. The details of the film’s eight Saturn Award nominations can be found here, and you can go here to read about ‘The Desolation of Smaug’s seven Empire Award nominations. You […]

News Update: Joe Letteri on his 8th Oscar Nomination, ‘The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug’ wins a VES award, and the Announcement of ‘The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug’ Collector’s Edition DVD

Weta Digital’s Senior Effects Supervisor, Joe Letteri, was recently interviewed concerning his eighth Oscar nomination, this one for the special effects used in the second Hobbit movie. The interview, carried by Studio Daily, can be found here. `The Hobbit; The Desoltion of Smaug`has just one the VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for “Outstanding Animated Character […]

The Loss of a Member of the CoE Staff

It is my sad duty to report that our own BerethEdhellen, Diane Doyle, lost her battle with cancer and was taken from our reach on Feb 11th. “PIPPIN: I didn’t think it would end this way. GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. […]

News Update: The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey wins an ‘ANNIE’

The ASIFA-Hollywood Awards ceremony took place on Saturday and the ANNIE for ‘Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production] was awarded to WETA Digital for the animation of Gollum. The complete list of winners can be found here.