Kiwis have voted for the Hobbit as their favorite movie of 2012
It seems a bit premature, considering it has only just come out, but that is what the Dominion Post reports.
The title was bestowed upon Sir Peter Jackson's fantasy blockbuster by nearly 6000 Kiwis who voted in the TelstraClear Flicks.co.nz People's Choice Movie Awards.
Over 80,000 votes were cast in 17 categories throughout December.
Despite opening mid-way through the voting period, The Hobbit proved close to film-goers' hearts with Sir Peter also taking out the award for Best Director.
Daniel Craig's return to the big screen as James Bond helped propel Skyfall to the winner's podium as the year's Best Action. Craig's co-star Javier Bardem took out Best Actor for a scene-stealing performance as the film's villain.
Best Actress honours went to Michelle Williams for her turn in My Week with Marilyn, while Jennifer Lawrence - recently voted the world's most desirable woman by international poll on the website AskMen - won Best Hero as Katniss in The Hunger Games.
The Sarkies brothers' black comedy Two Little Boys, starring Bret McKenzie, was voted Best New Zealand Movie.
The dubious honour of Biggest Wanker went to English actor Tom Hiddleston who played the villain Loki in The Avengers.
Other notable winners included foul-mouthed, pot-smoking Ted, which took home Best Comedy; box office juggernaut The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, winner of Best Drama; and Looper, which won Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Nine-year-old American child star Quvenzhané Wallis won Breakthrough Performance of the Year for her portrayal of Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
For the full list of winners, hit the link in the title