4 December 2012 7:54 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

There’s a scene in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in which our heroes are swarmed by a goblin horde and carried away to face uncertain judgment.

That’s also what happened to Peter Jackson last night at one of the first major awards screenings of the film, with Academy voters, guild members, and press clawing and clamoring for his attention during a pre-movie reception at the Landmark Theater in west Los Angeles.

Soon afterward, the same group would be passing sentence on the film — both in reviews and the awards race.

We’ll have to wait until ballots are »

- Anthony Breznican

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