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Oscar Watch: Visual Effects List of Seven Led by Avatar

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 6, 2010 at 7:17AM

Seven movies have made the short list of the Academy Visual Effects branch. They will vote for the final three nominated films on January 21 at the annual bake-off, where 15-minute reels of each film are screened for the VFX voters. I'm always at Sundance for this; I'd love to go one day.
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Seven movies have made the short list of the Academy Visual Effects branch. They will vote for the final three nominated films on January 21 at the annual bake-off, where 15-minute reels of each film are screened for the VFX voters. I'm always at Sundance for this; I'd love to go one day.

The films are:

“Avatar”
“District 9”
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“Star Trek”
“Terminator Salvation”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“2012”

The three nominees will be announced on February 2, and the winner (Avatar, hello) on March 7. What will the nominees be? Avatar, Revenge of the Fallen, 2012? It's competitive! Star Trek could get in there. And Half-Blood Prince was magnificent, but will probably be taken for granted. I'm glad District 9 was appreciated for its seamless CG character animation within a live-action environment: what Jackson, Blomkamp & Co. did on a modest budget is competitive with the monster budgets of the other VFX. But it probably won't make the final three.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Oscars, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, J.J. Abrams, Avatar, Transformers, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Sci-fi, Action


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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.