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Oscar Watch: Visual Effects Branch Narrows List to 15

by Anne Thompson
December 10, 2010 11:31 AM
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Fifteen features have made the semi-finals for the Visual Effects Oscar. In early January, the visual effects branch executive committee members (who selected the semifinalists) will trim the list to seven. At the VFX bakeoff on January 20, the VFX teams screen 15-minute show-reels that show how they achieved their effects. Then the members will vote on the final five nominated films for Oscar consideration. The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT.

The films listed in alphabetical order below are what you would expect:

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“Alice in Wonderland”
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
“Clash of the Titans”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Iron Man 2”
“The Last Airbender”
“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”
“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”
“Scott Pilgrim vs the World”
“Shutter Island”
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
“Tron: Legacy”

The Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre, televised live by ABC.

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  • Rafael Plaza | December 11, 2010 8:41 AMReply

    For me: Scott Pilgrim, Inception, Alice in Wonderland, Tron:Legacy and Harry Potter.
    But, yeah, Where the hell is enter the void

  • Ian | December 11, 2010 8:23 AMReply

    Fingers crossed for Scott Pilgrim. I will be ecstatic if it gets a nomination.

  • Anders | December 11, 2010 7:46 AMReply

    Without no doubt Iron Man 2 had this years best visual effects.

  • Terry | December 11, 2010 6:42 AMReply

    I want Scott Pilgrim to win, the only live action film to translate that hectic Manga style successfully to live action. A wonderful job from Double Negative.

  • Levent | December 11, 2010 6:20 AMReply

    where the hell is enter the void ?

  • Jameb | December 11, 2010 5:45 AMReply

    I kind of want Scott Pilgrim to win.

  • Christina | December 11, 2010 4:29 AMReply

    Sam--I think James lynch meant avatar last airbender

  • Doug | December 11, 2010 3:17 AMReply

    Oh I just read that they will be nominating FIVE this year.

    So difficult keeping track how many films they will nominate in their categories...

  • Doug | December 11, 2010 3:15 AMReply

    Inception, Scott Pilgrim VS The World, Tron: Legacy.

    Fingers crossed.

  • PATRICIO | December 11, 2010 3:11 AMReply

    From Chile, in South America, I can say that not seen all that movies in my country, but, I think the best until now is INCEPTION.

  • sam | December 11, 2010 3:03 AMReply

    Eh, won last year.

  • James Lynch | December 11, 2010 1:31 AMReply

    ehh avatar?

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