So it gets down to it. Though December hasn’t started yet, we’re only a couple of days away from the first screenings of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and with prestige pictures like Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty having screened this weekend, it means the only big holdout is this and Django Unchained, and then our Oscar field will be completely sorted. Now there’s one last video blog for The Hobbit.

And what’s interesting now is that – as Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest noted – we’re at a point now where it doesn’t feel like there’s that much enthusiasm over the new movie and the film has become a strange little underdog. Perhaps it’s because the Lord of the Rings die-hards aren’t as obnoxious or vocal as the Bat-fans were over The Dark Knight Rises, or perhaps that because franchise filmmaking rules everything around me (F.F.R.E.A.M. get the money), people will see this because they feel they have to. That said, twitter definitely reported a number of people catching up with the LOTR films over the holiday weekend. But perhaps advanced word from screenings will drive some excitement up about the movie. Or this last video blog:

The other question is: Will this get a best picture nomination? The last three LOTR films were all nominated for best picture. This then would be the first fourth film, and first prequel to be nominated if it does get nominated at all. We’ll know for sure shortly as The Hobbit is set to open December 14.

Will you be in line for The Hobbit?