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The trailer for ‘The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey’ has already blasted its way into the media, scoring millions off views within days of being online, but fans and casual movie-goers alike are not the only ones to have noticed the potential for this long-awaited epic…

Ladbrokes (betting company) have prefaced odds of 1-2 for the first instalment of ‘The Hobbit’ to rake in more than the $1.1 billion amassed by the last Lord of the Rings film in the series: Return of the King. They also proposed odds of 3-1 for the film to scoop 11 or more Oscars. Although an outrageously confident bid on the part of Ladbrokes, it cannot be ruled out; given the success that the franchise has seen previously with the prestigious awards.

What do you think? Will the Hobbit be able to live up to expectations? Or is it simply an addition to a series which has already exhausted its potential?

  • Andrea

    Hard to say really…I’m not a casual movie-goer and I can safely say that I am going to start saving up now so that I can see the movie multiple times next December. I think that from what we’ve seen of The Hobbit trailer, it is going to be a spectacular movie. There’s really no question about it.

  • Tom

    I think splitting it into two movies could hurt it on this front. But we’ll see. I just can’t wait to return to Middle Earth again.

  • Hola

    This will be a great movie for sure and it will get nods in the technical categories as the trilogy. But a Best Picture nod doesnt seem too realistic.

  • moonshoespotter1712

    it will be great no question. peter jackson really knows what he’s doing, but to say it’ll sweep, or earn 1.1 billion+ is hard to say atm.

  • Justin

    It’ll win at least a couple of oscars and if it’s on par with the LOTR films then it will at least be nominated for the bigger categories (director, screenplay, film, etc). All three LOTR films were nominated for the three I listed with ROTK winning them. That was when the Best Picture category only had five nominees, so An Unexpected Journey should be nominated easily, with There and Back Again in 2013 being a serious contender. Once again, this is if the 2 Hobbit films are on par with LOTR. From the trailer, it looks as if they will be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rkturner Russell Turner

    Im not so sure that splitting the movie into 2 is the best for it. Yes, it worked very well for Harry Potter, but a lot of LOTR fans are not as happy about the split. The Hobbit will definitely will make A LOT of money, probably a billion. Oscars though? Kinda of too early to tell with just a trailer, I cant see Part 1 of The Hobbit winning as much. I would bet that Academy voters will wait and award part 2. Just like they did with LOTR (Yes, all 3 films won Oscars; im referring to the Return of the King’s sweep). Also, The Hobbit is more of a children’s novel compared to LOTR.. so a lot less dark. But im sure it will win Oscars! 

  • http://twitter.com/Andrew_ww Andrew W

    When they split films I think they should be considered for an Oscar by looking the film as a whole (both parts).

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

    Like others have said, splitting into 2 parts may have hurt its odds at Best Picture, though I’m sure both parts will be nominated. It’ll definitely sweep the art and tech awards though, I’m sure. Though it’s too early to tell much else from just one trailer.

  • http://www.tolkientalk.com/ Tolkientalk

    It’ll definitely be a big box office hit there’s no doubt. They might score a few oscars, maybe for the second film, like they did with Return of the King. In terms of the fantasy film genre it will be up against The Hunger Games and Breaking Dawn part 2 and I’m not sure they will be oscar worthy. The film’s are definitely going to be amazing, but I think it will depend how good this years film lineup is and what ‘theme’ the academy is going for. 

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