I found this article on the main page very interesting: I've now seen advance footage of the second installment of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and all I can say is "look out." This may be another Oscar nominee for Best Picture. Last week New Line Cinema held two sneak previews of 16 minutes of assembled footage of The Two Towers which featured a look at some new characters and a glimpse of a giant war scene. It was all very impressive, especially the new computer-generated character Gollum, who puts Jar Jar Binks to shame.Just like with The Fellowship Of The Ring, the media buzz is trying to pump up The Two Towers to undeservedly epic proportions. If Towers clocks in at the three hour mark of its predecessor, that means that journelists, having seen only a 16 minute preview of no doubt carefully selected clips, have seen less than 8% of the total film, yet they're ready to bestow "Best Picture" honors on it! And while Lucas continues to be harshly criticized for his use of digital characters, Peter Jackson is practically put on a pedestal and worshipped, just as many of us suspected he would be! Anybody who has seen The Two Towers internet preview can probably tell you that Gollum, while an impressive bit of CG eye-candy, can't compare to the art and realism of ILM's CG characters (frankly, as I watched the preview, I found myself hoping that Gollum is still being tweaked, but I fear otherwise). And why are they still griping about Jar Jar? He's so 1999! What about other characters that played a significant role in Attack Of The Clones like Yoda, the Kaminoans, Poggle the Lesser, and the amazing CGI clone troopers? How does Gollum stack up to them? Now the reason I put this in the Attack Of The Clones forum is because it seems that Hollywood and the media at large are set to strip deserving honors from the Star Wars franchise yet again repeating their folly of 1999. What are your thoughts?