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Academy VFX Bakeoff Will Cull Final Five Oscar Nominees from Shortlist of Ten

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 4, 2012 at 4:29PM

Ten films are now in the running for a Visual Effects Oscar nomination. Members of the Academy Visual Effects Branch will vote for the final five VFX nominees after viewing ten-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films at the Thursday, January 19 "Bakeoff." "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" beating out "Thor" and "Super 8" are the biggest upsets in the list of ten.
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Ten films are now in the running for a Visual Effects Oscar nomination. Members of the Academy Visual Effects Branch will vote for the final five VFX nominees after viewing ten-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films at the Thursday, January 19 "Bakeoff." "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" beating out "Thor" and "Super 8" are the biggest upsets in the list of ten.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

    "Captain America: The First Avenger"
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
    "Hugo"
    "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol"
    "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
    "Real Steel"
    "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
    "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
    "The Tree of Life"
    "X-Men: First Class"

Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 24 and the Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26. My best guess as to the final five are: "Harry Potter," "Hugo," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Transformers" and "The Tree of Life."

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Oscars, VFX


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.