The Hobbit is a screen adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s cult novel of the same title. It tells the stories of Bilbo Baggins, who is a quiet inhabitant of the Shire, avoiding all dangers and adventures. Everything changes, however, when a mysterious wizard appears at his door, seeing him as the perfect travel companion. Soon after, together with a company of dwarves, under the command of Thorin of the Oak Shield, they embark on a dangerous journey to Erebor. The purpose of the expedition is to liberate the former dwarven kingdom from the rule of Smaug – a terrifying, huge dragon, lured by gold gathered in the Misty Mountains.
The film was directed by Peter Jackson, who also created the Lord of the Rings trilogy , from the same universe, but set 60 years after the events of The Hobbit . He also took charge of the script, working with Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Starring were Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf the Gray) and Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield). Benedict Cumberbatch also had a share in the production, lending his voice playing the role of Smaug. In 2013, the film was nominated for an Oscar in three categories. They concerned special effects, make-up and scenography. In the same year, he was also awarded the Saturn statuette.