Jameson Empire Awards 2013
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Jameson Empire Awards 2013 Winner - Best Actor - Martin Freeman

WHAT WE SAID... It's a concept sold flawlessly by Martin Freeman, perfect casting for the fusty halfling. There really is no other character like Bilbo in Tolkien's chronicles, and he is arguably this saga's strongest: a proper, decent, everyday sort of chap (if a little on the conservative side) whose resourcefulness is drawn from a deep well of inner strength. Not as beleaguered as Frodo, nor as acquiescent as Samwise, nor as comical as Merry and/or Pippin. "I'm not a hero or a warrior," Bilbo asserts. He's us. And Freeman encapsulates that throughout, without mugging or winking. His Bilbo does take his predicament seriously, and while this is the jauntiest - at times silliest, at times funniest, certainly the most child-friendly - Middle-earth movie yet, Freeman remains its emotional lodestone.
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