Peter Jackson's most-recent visit to Middle Earth narrowly leads 12 Years A Slave in British film award noms...
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has emerged as the leader in nominations for the 2014 Jameson Empire Awards.
Organised by the UK movie magazine and sponsored by the Irish whiskey brand, the annual gong show recognises both British and international films.
Peter Jackson's Middle Earth sequel notched up seven nominations, while Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave was close behind with six and Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire both had five apiece.
And those four movies will duke it out for the Best Film award, along with sci-fi movie Gravity.
Director Paul Greengrass is also set to received the Empire Inspiration Award in recognition of his latest movie Captain Phillips and his previous body of work - which includes The Boune Identity and sequels.
The full list of nominations is as follows...
Best Film presented by Sky Movies · 12 Years A Slave · Captain Phillips · Gravity · The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug · The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Best Director presented by Air New Zealand · Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) · Edgar Wright (The World's End) · Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) · Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) · Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave)
Jameson Best Actor · Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) · James McAvoy (Filth) · Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street) · Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) · Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
Best Actress · Amy Adams (American Hustle) · Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) · Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) · Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) · Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Best Supporting Actor · Daniel Brühl (Rush) · Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) · Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) · Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) · Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World)
Best Supporting Actress · Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) · Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) · Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave) · Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) · Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Best British Film · Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa · Filth · Rush · Sunshine On Leith · The World's End
Best Male Newcomer presented by Tresor Paris · Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) · Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) · George MacKay (Sunshine On Leith) · Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) · Tye Sheridan (Mud) · Will Poulter (We're The Millers)
Best Female Newcomer · Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) · Antonia Thomas (Sunshine On Leith) · Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) · Freya Mavor (Sunshine On Leith) · Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave) · Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street)
Best Horror · A Field In England · The Conjuring · Evil Dead · World War Z · You're Next
Best Comedy presented by Magic 105.4 · Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa · Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues · This Is 40 · This Is The End · The World's End
Best Thriller · Captain Phillips · The Hunger Games: Catching Fire · Now You See Me · Prisoners · Trance
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy presented by MediCinema · Gravity · The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug · The Hunger Games: Catching Fire · Pacific Rim · Star Trek Into Darkness