Academy Narrows Visual Effects Oscar Field

Beverly Hills, CA –The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 83rd Academy Awards®.
The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Iron Man 2”
“Scott Pilgrim vs the World”
“Tron: Legacy”

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 20. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

  1. Give it to Inception. The effects were seamless and brought you into the movie. The effects in Iron Man 2 and Alice were pretty bad and took me out of those movies. The first Iron Man had better effects. Everything in the sequel was too bloated.

  2. A solid list, but if I had a ballot in hand, I’d vote like this (in no particular order):
    Alice in Wonderland
    Harry Potter
    I think the final win is clearly between two: Tron or Inception.

  3. What a year to expand the finalists to 5 pictures. Most underwhelming bake off contenders I can ever remember. Inception will win handily. But sheesh, Even Trons director complained about the vfx on the CG jeff bridges. Harry Potter was the least impressive, effects wise, since the first chapter. Iron Man 2 looked substantially less impressive than the first. Scott Pilgrim had some cool gags, but that’s it. And Hereafter? Really? I know the academy loves Mr. Eastwood, but that’s hardly the way to show it. Zero new ground broken between all of these films.

  4. My votes go to TRON: Legacy, Inception, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Harry Potter, and Iron Man 2. The effects in Alice in Wonderland were too over-the-top and took me out of the movie. I never saw Hereafter but from what I could gather, wasn’t there only one big FX sequence in the entire movie (the tidal wave sequence)? Anyways, the winner will either be Inception or Tron, that much is certain.

  5. tron? You’re kidding me, right? Disney’s own “Tangled” did CIRCLES around that claptrap from a visual effects (and story, and character, and design) point of view.

  6. Scott Pilgrim!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are more creative FX in that film than people realize…it’s not just about the big fight scene FX…there’s some really subtle and beautiful stuff.

  7. It is good to see recognition for Hereafter. It won’t win, but the tsunami was extraordinarily well done.

    Moreover, the best visual effects are the ones which seamlessly advance the storytelling rather than dominate the storytelling.

  8. Scott Pilgrim. By far the most inventive, seamless, and even subtle use of special effects I’ve seen in a long time. The special effects actually advanced the story and created a believable world, as opposed to the gaudy claptrap of Alice, IronMan 2, and Tron. I’m guessing Inception will win for its incredible in camera effects and because it’s likely to sweep the technical awards.

  9. Inception and Scott Pilgrim — which are the most visually stunning of all the movies this year. I hope that Scott Pilgrim makes the cut.

  10. This is controversial to be sure but I’m not sure that breaking new ground necessarily warrants a best visual effects Oscar. While new ground broken is largely a nice thing, it doesn’t mean the work was pulled off beautifully or even successfully. Perhaps the award for such an accomplishment (of new developments) is best relegated to the technical Oscar program and not automatically win a space in the Chief program’s lineup where the decider should be about excellence in artistry and not ‘wow – bullet-time is cool looking …’.

  11. Alice In Wonderland takes it for me. Pretty much everything after Alice falls through the hole (which is practically the whole film) is all visual effects. It’s a visual masterpiece. Tron and Inception are also top notch. As much as I enjoyed Scott Pilgrim, it does not belong in the top 5 for vfx.

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