The first film in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy has won a technical Oscar at an early ceremony in LA
The team behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have been recognised at a pre-Oscar ceremony hosted by Star Trek stars Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana.
The film - which stars Sherlock's Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving, and is the first in a trilogy by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson - picked up an Academy Plaque for Scientific and Engineering. Simon Clutterbuck, James Jacobs and Dr. Richard Dorling, who have made huge advances in the technique used to bring computer generated characters like Gollum to life, were the award's recipients.
The Scientific and Technical Awards recognise those who have made significant contributions to film making from behind the scenes.
The full Oscars ceremony will take place on 24 February 2013. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is up for three Academy Awards for best makeup and hairstyling, best visual effects and best production design.