Thompson on Hollywood

James Cameron's Avatar will win the best VFX Oscar. But that doesn't mean that 14 other semi-finalists won't try to get nominated for three slots. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 films (on the jump).

In early January, a committee of the Academy’s VFX branch, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven. Then every member of the branch will be invited to the annual bake-off on January 21 (I want to go to this one day) to see 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. They will nominate three films for Oscar consideration.


“Angels & Demons”
“Avatar”
“Coraline”
“Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
“District 9”
“G-Force”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“Sherlock Holmes”
“Star Trek”
“Terminator Salvation”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“2012”
“Watchmen”
“Where the Wild Things Are”