17 January 2013 11:20 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Peter Jackson's Middle-earth films are thrilling and entertaining in their own right as adventure films, but they are also just as much about spectacle. And that's where the work of Weta Digital comes in. The visual effects company first got the opportunity to show off its skills with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and even before Andy Serkis' motion-captured Gollum appeared on screen for the first time audiences were floored by the visual wonder of it all. And The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was no different. While the story was perhaps a bit more criticized than those from Lord of the Rings, the movie's digital effects never failed to live up to high expectations and standards. It's for that very reason that the film is one of the five titles up for this year's Best Visual Effects category at the Academy Awards. To celebrate the nomination, The »

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