'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is a 2012 epic adventure movie directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first of a three-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel 'The Hobbit' by J. R. R. Tolkien, to be followed by 'The Desolation of Smaug' and 'There and Back Again,' due for theatrical release in 2013 and 2014.
The story is set in Middle-earth. 'An Unexpected Journey' tells the tale of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest across Middle-earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon.
'An Unexpected Journey' has been nominated for three Academy Awards in Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and has also been nominated for three BAFTA Awards.