The battle for Best Hero has raged on on Twitter and Instagram for over a week between the fans of one beloved Hobbit and a storybook princess-turned-warrior.
What began as a race among six nominees — Bilbo Baggins, Snow White, Iron Man, Batman, Catwoman and Hulk — became an all-out Internet war among fans of Martin Freeman and “Snow White and the Huntsman” leading lady Kristen Stewart. Fans of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” can take a victory lap around The Shire after rallying 1,637,179 votes for their hero.
Votes were streaming in right up until the live announcement at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards ceremony, hosted by Rebel Wilson. Photos submitted throughout the voting process have included pictures with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and personal Tolkien swag libraries.
The Best Hero category was introduced during 2012′s MTV Movie Awards as the first-ever social voting category. That honor ultimately went to The Boy Who Lived for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.” And apparently, fans were clamoring to have their voices heard; more than 3 million total votes were tallied among the six nominees throughout the process.
Fans can catch Bilbo later this year when the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth trilogy “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” hits theaters on December 13. Given his upcoming encounter with the ferocious dragon Smaug, perhaps his turn in the sequel is fodder for next year’s Best Hero win?