THE HOBBIT: Director Peter Jackson Thinks Acting Oscars 'Unlikely', Although He Wishes Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen Would Win

'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."

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Stills

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...

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey New York Premiere