OscarWatch: Visual effects semifinalists announced

INCEPTIONImage Credit: Stephen VaughanThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 semifinalists for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. They are: Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Clash of the Titans, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Hereafter, Inception, Iron Man 2, The Last Airbender, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shutter Island, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Tron: Legacy, and Unstoppable. Next month the visual-effects branch will narrow this list down to seven finalists. I’d call Inception, Tron: Legacy, and Alice in Wonderland the best bets to continue to the next round.

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  • Liv

    Inception needs to win this. It was just beautifully done.

    • Freddie

      old fashion special effects seem more real than cgi

  • Johnny

    It will be Alice in Wonderland, Inception, and Tron. (with Tron being the winner)

    • Geek

      There are five nominees this year. I wish The Wolfman and Book of Eli were on this list! Sheesh, both of them deserved nominations. Inception will easily walk away with this one though. Tron, Harry Potter, and Alice in Wonderland will get nominated alongside.

  • Meli

    Inception should win this, because it doesn’t completely rely on new-school CGI tricks to do all of the eye-popping things they do. It’s a homage to some old-school Hollywood filmmaking, just done in a new way.

  • Kat

    100% agree with Meli.

  • Arianna

    Tron will win. Inception will probably win some major Oscars, but this particular technical award will go to the most eye-popping spectacle, which is Tron.

  • Kallie

    Yeah, Tron has this in the bag.

  • Pat

    Inception wasn’t that big of a visual effects film, most of the effects where in camera. I don’t really see people giving a movie with 500 vfx shots (even if they are really well done) an oscar over movies with 1000+. My money’s on tron.

    • Joanne

      Inception’s reward (besides its phenomenal box office) will be a ton of nods in many categories. That being said,I think it will be the year’s biggest loser: It’s too much of a popcorn action film (especially compared with other films with much more socially, politically and thematically “important” topics) to get a Best Pic Oscar, and its special effects were cool, but not mind-blowing. There’s just too much competition this year, and I think Inception will get home empty-handed.

    • Cris

      Not necessarily. Lucas never won any visual effects Oscars for the Star Wars prequels, and they were nothing but visual effects. I’m going with Inception.

      • Enda

        I totally agree. Tron has this wrapped up.

  • petek

    inception, tron, and scott pilgrim. alice in wonderland pissed me off for some reason.

    • Brandon

      Scott Pilgrim better get a nomination. Say what you want about the film itself, from a vfx standpoint it was ridiculous! Anyone that doubts that must not have seen it (and there are plenty on these threads that are guilty of that)

      • alan of montreal

        totally agree

  • Lee

    No way! Scott Pilgrim is qualified? Awesome. They should be nominated.

  • Allex

    Tron is going to soooo win this.

  • a person

    Harry Potter should win, because its HARRY POTTER! :) otherwise Alice in Wonderland b/c the special effects were absolutely amazing!

  • Summer Bay

    Please Academy give the Harry Potter series ONE FREAKING STATUE!

  • Canadian

    Unstoppable should win….could you tell when there were effects?

  • Newday

    Good to see Shutter Island is being considered at the Oscars.

  • paige

    wow thats a sad list of names… more that half of these movies have pretty crappy effects (clash of the titans anyone).. so i guess its Tron, Inception and whatever else they think is good.

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