OSCARS: 15 Feature Films On VFX Shortlist

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected for consideration for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 84th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Captain America: The First Avenger”
“Cowboys & Aliens”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
“Real Steel”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”
“Sucker Punch”
“Super 8”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“The Tree of Life”
“X-Men: First Class”

In early January, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the 15 films, will narrow the list to 10. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Thursday, January 19. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

    1. Agree with Rise of the Planet Apes, except Potter is not a close second…nothing is!

      And, it is time for the Academy and other film entities to recognize Andy Serkis and (soon) other actors for their awesome contributions to this process.

  1. Apes is the most deserving, but potter will probably end up winning the actual award. The Academy knows they will have a fan boy mob on the hand if they don’t give the franchise at least one award. Hugo will also probably make the final 5. One of the two marvels, and then Super 8, TF3, trees of life, and X-men will battle it out for the last one.

  2. It is a shame that ILM’s frankly breathtaking work on the Transformers film hasn’t been recognised yet. Say what you want about the films themselves, but the VFX was nothing short of perfect on all three.

    Saying that, WETA deserve it for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I can’t see them NOT winning it.

    1. Don’t forget that on-set special effects work qualifies in this award, not just the digital work. Hence the reason stunt-heavy movies like the “Bourne” trilogy or “Casino Royale” make the bake-offs…which means Mission: Impossible has a shot. So, with teh ILM-heavy push, it could be:

      1) Apes
      2) Potter
      3) Transformers
      4) Mission Impossible

      With the 5th spot being a toss-up:

      a) Hugo (because of Scorsese)
      b) Pirates (because of ILM)
      c) Cowboys and Aliens (because of ILM)
      d) Tree of Life (as Balls said: Pretentious)
      e) X-Men: First Class (because with a limited budget, they made it look good, and it was the best X-Men movie in awhile!)

  3. This awards in 2012 was Potter’s all along.As is the oscar for art direction.

    …and they pretty much deserve those two awards!

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