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Here are the 10 movies that will by vying for Visual Effects Oscar nominations

Nov. 29, 2012by: Alex Maidy

As November comes to a close, the Oscar talk begins to truly heat up. One of the first coming up is the Academy Awards for Visual Effects. The Hollywood Reporter listed the ten movies that will be in contention for the golden statue when the ceremony airs on February 24, 2013.

Those films 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

Of those titles we can expect five or less to make the final cut.  This is a pretty substantial list, but I would think that THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and CLOUD ATLAS would be the first ones knocked off.  Then I would lose SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and maybe JOHN CARTER.  SKYFALL would be the other I would remove which leaves you with the truly best examples of visual effects this year.  While I have not seen THE HOBBIT yet, there is no doubt the effects are better than they were in THE LORD OF THE RINGS which would warrant an automatic nomination.

What do you think of the list.  Anything left off that you feel should be here?

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6:40AM on 11/30/2012
I'm still baffled and puzzled as to why Tron Legacy wasn't even nominated for visual effects for Oscar two years ago.
I'm still baffled and puzzled as to why Tron Legacy wasn't even nominated for visual effects for Oscar two years ago.
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7:09AM on 11/30/2012
I was very much the same way. The rumours are that visual effects supervisor Eric Barba got a little over-confident after winning the VFX Oscar for the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and that this earned the ire of other professionals in the industry, which led to him being snubbed for Tron Legacy. I can't vouch for the veracity of this rumour, but it sounds plausible.
I was very much the same way. The rumours are that visual effects supervisor Eric Barba got a little over-confident after winning the VFX Oscar for the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and that this earned the ire of other professionals in the industry, which led to him being snubbed for Tron Legacy. I can't vouch for the veracity of this rumour, but it sounds plausible.
7:33AM on 11/30/2012
Jedd the Jedi, if what you said is true, it makes sense for Tron Legacy to not be nominated for any Oscar awards. Still, it's weird because, to me, Tron Legacy is all about special effects/visual effects. The whole movie IS special effects.
Jedd the Jedi, if what you said is true, it makes sense for Tron Legacy to not be nominated for any Oscar awards. Still, it's weird because, to me, Tron Legacy is all about special effects/visual effects. The whole movie IS special effects.
7:39AM on 11/30/2012
I agree, that film was practically completely special effects, done on such a large scale and so well. It seems that many people considered it the biggest snub of that year (even more than Christopher Nolan for best director, for Inception), so it makes sense that perhaps it's got something to do with the politics of it all. I think Tron Legacy did get nominated for Best Sound Editing, and it made it onto the final shortlist for Best Visual Effects, but was booted off by Hereafter, of all
I agree, that film was practically completely special effects, done on such a large scale and so well. It seems that many people considered it the biggest snub of that year (even more than Christopher Nolan for best director, for Inception), so it makes sense that perhaps it's got something to do with the politics of it all. I think Tron Legacy did get nominated for Best Sound Editing, and it made it onto the final shortlist for Best Visual Effects, but was booted off by Hereafter, of all movies. That definitely baffled me when I read about it.
12:51PM on 11/30/2012
@Netforce - see I don't think that makes ANY sense for it not being nominated. Who cares if someone who was on the effects team was cocky? That should not and does not matter... at all. It is simple: the awards and nominees should be the best special effects of the year. Not the ones with the most popular employees or anything like that. Another reason why the Academy Awards are bullshit if that is actually what happened, and knowing them I don't doubt it.
@Netforce - see I don't think that makes ANY sense for it not being nominated. Who cares if someone who was on the effects team was cocky? That should not and does not matter... at all. It is simple: the awards and nominees should be the best special effects of the year. Not the ones with the most popular employees or anything like that. Another reason why the Academy Awards are bullshit if that is actually what happened, and knowing them I don't doubt it.
2:06AM on 11/30/2012
The Academy will probably lean towards Life of Pi in terms of how much the visual effects help realise the story, and how integral they were to the overall effect the film had...and I think it will be well-deserved should Westenhofer and his team win for it. Prometheus would get my vote too, the sheer amount of practical work is mind-boggling and the CGI in that film works pretty much seamlessly with the in-camera stuff. Same could be said for The Dark Knight Rises, though Prometheus is
The Academy will probably lean towards Life of Pi in terms of how much the visual effects help realise the story, and how integral they were to the overall effect the film had...and I think it will be well-deserved should Westenhofer and his team win for it. Prometheus would get my vote too, the sheer amount of practical work is mind-boggling and the CGI in that film works pretty much seamlessly with the in-camera stuff. Same could be said for The Dark Knight Rises, though Prometheus is probably more impressive in that regard. The stuff in the Avengers was extremely impressive as well - for me, in was the character animation on the Hulk in particular that was outstanding.
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10:13PM on 11/29/2012

LIFE OF PI

deserves the win. I'm sure the Hobbit's effects will be triple A and Prometheus' are already triple A as well, but Life of Pi takes it I think (well, it should but who knows with them)
deserves the win. I'm sure the Hobbit's effects will be triple A and Prometheus' are already triple A as well, but Life of Pi takes it I think (well, it should but who knows with them)
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8:57PM on 11/29/2012
Richard Parker FTW!!
Richard Parker FTW!!
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8:34PM on 11/29/2012
Strong list, indeed...
But, for the final showdown alone, I would have put THE CABIN IN THE WOOD as well...
Strong list, indeed...
But, for the final showdown alone, I would have put THE CABIN IN THE WOOD as well...
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6:56PM on 11/29/2012
That's a strong list. The only other film I might add to it would be Dredd, which I thought had some impressive visual effects. I'd give Prometheus the win though.
That's a strong list. The only other film I might add to it would be Dredd, which I thought had some impressive visual effects. I'd give Prometheus the win though.
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4:53PM on 11/29/2012
Life of Pi deserves it followed by Prometheus.
Life of Pi deserves it followed by Prometheus.
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4:45PM on 11/29/2012

And the winner is..........

Right now......Prometheus
To those who are confused about Skyfall being considered. Special Visual Effects doesn't always mean pure CGI. Skyfall had multiple combinations of CGI and live stunt work (just like in The Dark Knight and Inception), like the bike chase on the rooftops, Bardem's island, the shoot out at Skyfall. Apparently it was so convincing most of you didn't realize you were seeing visual effects. And that is awesome visual effects right there.
Right now......Prometheus
To those who are confused about Skyfall being considered. Special Visual Effects doesn't always mean pure CGI. Skyfall had multiple combinations of CGI and live stunt work (just like in The Dark Knight and Inception), like the bike chase on the rooftops, Bardem's island, the shoot out at Skyfall. Apparently it was so convincing most of you didn't realize you were seeing visual effects. And that is awesome visual effects right there.
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4:40PM on 11/29/2012
The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Hobbit are safe bets. I haven't seen Life of Pi yet but by the critical reception I can tell it will be nominated. But damn, I've just seen Cloud Atlas and it had amazing visuals! I just hope it won't be snubbed because of Prometheus, Snow White, Skyfall or even Spider-Man.
The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Hobbit are safe bets. I haven't seen Life of Pi yet but by the critical reception I can tell it will be nominated. But damn, I've just seen Cloud Atlas and it had amazing visuals! I just hope it won't be snubbed because of Prometheus, Snow White, Skyfall or even Spider-Man.
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4:32PM on 11/29/2012

I'd pick

Avengers
Hobbit
Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi
Prometheus

but thats just me
Avengers
Hobbit
Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi
Prometheus

but thats just me
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4:24PM on 11/29/2012

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I'd nominate Looper just for Seth's torture/death scene.


I'd nominate Looper just for Seth's torture/death scene.
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4:09PM on 11/29/2012

huh?

Why is Skyfall there? The only obvious digital effect i recall was Bardem's face in that one scene. Unless the opening credit song/montage counts.
Why is Skyfall there? The only obvious digital effect i recall was Bardem's face in that one scene. Unless the opening credit song/montage counts.
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4:17PM on 11/29/2012
Best Visual Effects does not necessarily mean digital effects, though. "Prometheus" was mostly practical effects as well, and not only is it on this shortlist, but I think it'll be nominated and will certainly deserve it despite the minimal CGI. Same with "Skyfall."
Best Visual Effects does not necessarily mean digital effects, though. "Prometheus" was mostly practical effects as well, and not only is it on this shortlist, but I think it'll be nominated and will certainly deserve it despite the minimal CGI. Same with "Skyfall."
2:03AM on 11/30/2012
In Skyfall, the komodo dragons were CGI, as was the scorpion on Bond's hand during the drinking game. The exteriors for the destruction of MI6 were also created with partial use of CGI, as were the Lynx helicopters over Silva's island and the establishing shots of the island as well. The Skyfall house itself and the helicopter that crashes into it was most likely a miniature model, though they did also use a full-scale house and helicopter.
In Skyfall, the komodo dragons were CGI, as was the scorpion on Bond's hand during the drinking game. The exteriors for the destruction of MI6 were also created with partial use of CGI, as were the Lynx helicopters over Silva's island and the establishing shots of the island as well. The Skyfall house itself and the helicopter that crashes into it was most likely a miniature model, though they did also use a full-scale house and helicopter.
4:07PM on 11/29/2012
Life of Pi, no question. For the tiger effects alone.
Life of Pi, no question. For the tiger effects alone.
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4:07PM on 11/29/2012

Prometheus

The effects in that film are some of the best uses of Computer Generated Effects. It all was believable and realistic, and never took me out of the movie.

The Dark Knight Rises shouldn't be nominated if you think "Cloud Atlas" has no chance. Regardless of what you thought of the actual films, Cloud Atlas was impressive visually.
The effects in that film are some of the best uses of Computer Generated Effects. It all was believable and realistic, and never took me out of the movie.

The Dark Knight Rises shouldn't be nominated if you think "Cloud Atlas" has no chance. Regardless of what you thought of the actual films, Cloud Atlas was impressive visually.
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4:04PM on 11/29/2012
A good list, but I am kind of hoping for Life of Pi. It's one thing to create fantasy worlds and lots of nifty special effects, but to mimic real life and succeed is a true feat.
A good list, but I am kind of hoping for Life of Pi. It's one thing to create fantasy worlds and lots of nifty special effects, but to mimic real life and succeed is a true feat.
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