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Oscar Watch: Fifteen Films Up for VFX Oscar

by Anne Thompson
December 11, 2009 9:29 AM
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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”
“Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
“District 9”
“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”
“Where the Wild Things Are”


  • Remy | December 13, 2009 9:56 AMReply

    I didn't particularly like "District 9", but even I definitely want to see those effects rewarded with a nomination.

    It would also be great to see "Where the Wild Things Are" on the list of nominations, both for the emotional impact the creatures' facial expressions have and the seamless greenscreen work.

  • Morgan | December 13, 2009 2:07 AMReply

    Can't think of two more opposite "world building" approaches to FX than Avatar and District 9, which are IMHO the frontrunners (although I expect District 9 to get crushed by Avatar's gigantic budget advantages). In fact, District 9 was unable to use Weta because Avatar was monopolizing their time. Avatar is the big brontosaurus, District 9 is the little mammal on the ground, in this scenario...

  • Ouch! | December 12, 2009 11:54 AMReply

    This is a cinch for Avatar's FX team, at least for the first half of the film. As for the rest of the film though, it sounds like some of the bad to mediocre takes on it are coming in, review-wise. Entertainment Weekly said that it was "unmoving" and gives the heart "short shrift." Chicago Tribune said it was "cheesy" "naive and simplistic" and "waterlogged" fantasy "van art."

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