OSCARS: Visual Effects Finalists Named

UPDATE: The Academy just made the list official. Its release is below.

PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that the Visual Effects branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has narrowed the list of Oscar contenders for Achievement In Visual Effects to 10 films. Those 10 finalists are:

The Amazing Spider-Man
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
John Carter
Life Of Pi
Marvel’s The Avengers
Prometheus
Skyfall
Snow White And The Huntsman

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Among the films passed over were Men In Black 3, The Impossible, Flight, Looper, Total Recall, The Hunger Games and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

There will be a “bake-off” with presentations from all finalists on January 3rd. The five nominees for Visual Effects will be announced with the rest of Oscar nominations January 10th. In a slight rule change, the VFX branch determined there would be 10 finalists. Previously it was anywhere from seven to 10 finalists from which the five nominees would then be selected.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“The Amazing Spider-Man”
“Cloud Atlas”
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“John Carter”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Prometheus”
“Skyfall”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

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 3.  Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

  1. My 5 picks are:
    Cloud Atlas
    Life of Pi
    The Avengers
    The Hobbit
    John Carter

    Yes haven’t seen The Hobbit yet, but I think that’s a no-brainer.

    1. Are you F’ing crazy, John Carter and Prometheus, really? They both sucked. Did you not see the football field scene in DARK KNIGHT RISES? And CLOUD ATLAS is the best film of the year, the visual effects were amazing.

      My pics:

      CLOUD ATLAS
      THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
      THE LIFE OF PI
      – oh f’ it, the movie was stupid, but I guess the effects were pretty good in PROMETHEUS
      And I hate the LOTR films and watching a bunch of walking, but THE HOBBIT

      And … LIFE OF PI for the win… (or CLOUD ATLAS, but doubtful it will win)

  2. Pi all the way. Sad to see The Impossible not make it, I would have made it a nominee. The reality and effectiveness of the tsunami is incredible.

  3. I think the final five picks will be – “The Avengers”, “Life Of Pi”, “Skyfall”, “Prometheus” and “The Hobbit” in my opinion.

  4. The category title should be changed from “Best Visual Effects,” to
    “Best CGI Effects,” or “Best Effects Achieved with CGI.”

    1. Response to changing to “BEST CGI”

      Visual Effects is composed of both PRACTICAL an CGI effects. Furthermore, “Visual” can involve Matt Paintings, and other non-CGI visuals. The Computer is ONE tool of many to accomplish Visual Effects. You should study up a bit on the industry.

      1. John, possibly you should study up a bit more since “matt” is actually “matte”.

        Two gripes; sorry but Cloud had too many bad shots to make the final 5 nominations and how does Hobbit make the list when so few people have seen anything.

  5. Got to say after seeing the hobbit – good movie but Weta has lost something since LOTR – avartar which was afew ago was way better

  6. The Amazing Spider-Man”
    “The Dark Knight Rises”
    “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
    “John Carter”
    “Marvel’s The Avengers”

    with the winner the Avengers. Hulk Smash!

  7. My prediction is that the five nominees will be:

    The Dark Knight Rises
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    Life of Pi
    Marvel’s The Avengers
    Skyfall

  8. I really can’t understand why Skyfall is in there. Yes the credits sequence is brilliant as always but the rest of the film has some terrible vfx. Three MI5 explosion was the worst. Prometheus, dark knight rises are Thea best effects I’ve seen this year but expecting amazement from life of pi when i see it next week and hobbit soon after.

  9. The Oscars is about the artistic quality, not a popularity vote so please keep your fanboy hats off. In terms of mixign practical effects with CGI I’d pick Prometheus. I had no idea what was practical or what was CGI in that film. It doesn’t matter if the film wasn’t praised, what matters is the craftmanship that went into it. Watching the making, I was surprised that many scenes I thought were CGI were actually practical. The level of practical effects, large epic set constructions and the stunning visuals of the ship surpass any film this year for me.

    Life of Pi was absolutely stunning and I’d be happy if this won. The tiger looked flawless on screen (far cry from the lions in I am legend = sorry will :D)

    Cloud atlas is also a contender, I didn’t like the makeup effects but that ain’t what we’re talking about here. The CGI was brilliant especially with the futuristic city. Everything looked gorgeous

    THE HOBBIT had brilliant effects and with 48fps, it looked REAL. I’d put it there definitely.

    The Avengers also had great cgi. although the CGI started to fail on something near the end but you can’t blame them for that since the level of CGI needed in this film was mind blowing. The Hulk wasn’t the greatest CGI effect, he looked better in the last film. Dredd had better effects but I guess the academy are going for fanboy popularity votes instead of actually looking into what they should be doing.

    So yeah, that’s my list

    Prometheus
    Life of pi
    Cloud Atlas
    The Hobbit; an unexpected journey
    The Avengers

    P.S from your pal from aintitcoolnews :D

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