The Academy's 15 Movies Chosen for the Visual Effects Shortlist
Last years Visual Effects Oscar went to Avatar, but which film will take home the high tech golden statuette this year? This past week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced (via indieWIRE) the fifteen films that they have selected as "semifinalists" for the category of Achievement in Visual Effects for the upcoming 83rd Academy Awards. If you remember, this past summer they increased the number of nominees in this category from three to five, so there are plenty to choose from this year. The fifteen movies considered are listed below, and as expected all of them except for a select few are very effects heavy flicks.
» Alice in Wonderland
» The Chronicles of Narnia: 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
Come early January, these fifteen semifinalists will be narrowed down to list of just seven films. On January 20th, the members of the VFX branch of the Academy will screen 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven films. After these screenings the final five nominations will be announced on January 25th at 5:30AM (we'll definitely bring you coverage). The two big surprises to me are Shutter Island and Unstoppable. Two films that I see making it to the list of seven, but not necessarily the final five are Iron Man 2 and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, both of which have very well done effects, but will probably be edged out by the other five films.
The films I do see making it to the final five nominations are:
Inception – A visually astounding film that envelops you within its dream landscape. I can already see Inception taking home some other Oscars, beyond just visual effects, or so we hope.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World – The entire film from start to finish uses visual effects to not only enhance the storytelling but make Scott Pilgrim’s world visually exciting as well, and it deserves the attention.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader – From the trailer, I can already tell the film will be filled with the same magical images and fantastical effects we've come to expect from this series.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – As the penultimate film in the series, it certainly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to some truly amazing VFX, the seven Potters scene being the standout to me.
Tron Legacy – The sequel to the 1982 film looks to set some VFX benchmarks of its own, as it not only looks visually breathtaking, it might jut be the film 3D was intended for as well.
The winners of the 83rd Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27th, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre and televised live by ABC. We'll continue to follow and provide updates on awards news until then!