'The Hobbit' director Peter Jackson has revealed he thinks it's unlikely for his new venture into Middle Earth to collect any acting Oscars.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he reflects: "I wish it was a year where we could celebrate Ian McKellen as supporting actor, or Martin Freeman - or Andy Serkis, for that matter - as a supporting actor... the acting awards seem to elude us, at least for these types of films. I don't know why."

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Jackson, whose 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy collected an outstanding 17 Academy Awards in total, including 11 for its final 'Return of the King', is more confident in technical 'below the line" categories.

Meanwhile, Air New Zealand have released more behind the scenes footage of 'The Hobbit' actors filming around Middle Earth - WATCH ABOVE.

And the film's cast and crew stepped out last night in New York for the US premiere of the film, which opens in UK cinemas next week. See pictures below of Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman and company on the red carpet...

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  • 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Premiere - New York

    Liv Tyler attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Andy Serkis attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Martin Freeman attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Ian McKellen attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Elijah Wood attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Aidan Turner attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Stephen Hunter, John Callen, Mark Hadlow attend the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Andy Serkis attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Martin Freeman attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Ian McKellen attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Elijah Wood attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Aidan Turner attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Adam Brown attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Andy Serkis attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Martin Freeman attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Adam Brown attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Martin Freeman attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Elijah Wood attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Elijah Wood attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Aidan Turner attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Richard Armitage attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Martin Freeman attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Elijah Wood attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Richard Armitage attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Peter Jackson attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood attend the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Jed Brophy attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Elijah Wood attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Ian McKellen attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Dean O'Gorman attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Liv Tyler attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Patrick Stewart attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Lee Pace attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Peter Jackson attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Jed Brophy attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood attend the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Dean O'Gorman attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Elijah Wood attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Patrick Stewart attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Anthony Edwards attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Patrick Stewart attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Liv Tyler attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Richard Armitage attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Richard Armitage attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Chevy Chase attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Chevy Chase attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Lee Pace attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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    Liv Tyler attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.