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The Hobbit gets Kiwis' vote

Published: 2:47PM Wednesday January 09, 2013

Kiwi movie fans have chosen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as their favourite flick of 2012.

The title was bestowed upon Sir Peter Jackson's fantasy blockbuster by nearly 6000 Kiwis who voted in the TelstraClear People's Choice Movie Awards.

Over 80,000 votes were cast in 17 categories throughout December.

Despite opening mid-way through the voting period, The Hobbit proved close to film-goers' hearts with Sir Peter also taking out the award for Best Director. In its fourth week The Hobbit was kicked off the leading-position by Lee Ang's Life of Pi. The Hobbit is nearing the $10 million mark in earnings at New Zealand box offices.

Daniel Craig's return to the big screen as James Bond helped propel Skyfall to the winner's podium as the year's best action flick. Craig's co-star Javier Bardem took out best actor for a scene-stealing performance as the film's villain.

Best actress honours went to Michelle Williams for her turn in My Week with Marilyn, while Jennifer Lawrence - recently voted the world's most desirable woman by international poll on the website AskMen - won best hero as Katniss in The Hunger Games.

The Sarkies brothers' black comedy Two Little Boys, starring Bret McKenzie, was voted Best New Zealand film.

Other notable winners included foul-mouthed, pot-smoking Ted, which took home best comedy; box office juggernaut The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, winner of best drama; and Looper, which won best sci-fi/fantasy.

Nine-year-old American child star Quvenzhané Wallis won breakthrough performance for her portrayal of Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Full list of winners

Movie of the Year: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best New Zealand Movie: Two Little Boys

Best Action: Skyfall

Best Comedy: Ted

Best Drama: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Best Romance: The Five-Year Engagement

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Looper

Best Thriller: Argo

Best Animated: Brave

Best Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man

Best Foreign Language: The Intouchables

Best Director: Sir Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)

Best Actress: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

Best Actor: Javier Bardem (Skyfall)

Breakthrough Performance: Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Hero of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)

Biggest Wanker: Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers)

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