The Hobbit 1Amongst all the media buzz around Australians who were nominated for Oscars, somehow everyone seemed to forget about Dave Clayton, who was part of the visual effects team on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

That might be because Dave, born and raised in Queensland, has been living in New Zealand for the past ten years working for Peter Jackson’s Weta Studios; his first project was Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

As it happened, the Australian media eventually discovered Dave was an Aussie, and ultimately his team lost out to Life of Pi.

Dave and his wife Kylie have two daughters:

Esme (aged 3)

and Sylvie (aged 8 months)

I think this is such a sweet sisterly sibset – two simple, pretty French names that you rarely see, and yet don’t seem unusual either.

He may not have got the Oscar, but I am mentally handing him some sort of award for this lovely sibset (which I’m sure more than makes up for any disappointment).