10 Finalists Remain for Visual Effects Oscar

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon', and 'Hugo' all remain in the running for the visual effects award.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is one of the 10 finalists for the Visual Effects Oscar
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is one of the 10 finalists for the Visual Effects Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 84th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:



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.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Academy Awards episode 60.1, "The 84th Annual Academy Awards" stars Christian Bale, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, Bradley Cooper, Natalie Portman, Jonah Hill and is directed by Don Mischer, Kabir Akhtar, Archie Gips, Christopher Guest, Henry Hobson, Troy Miller.

Hugo was released November 23rd, 2011 and stars Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory. The film is directed by Martin Scorsese.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released August 5th, 2011 and stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Tyler Labine, Jamie Harris. The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon was released June 29th, 2011 and stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Julie White, Kevin Dunn, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Alan Tudyk, John Malkovich. The film is directed by Michael Bay.



Sources: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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  1. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus
    Why ? About what i said in my previous reply to you or something ?

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus
    No, it should of been higher. If it was higher then it was, then Pirates 4 would be better then it turned out to be.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @themoviefanatic 225-250 million wasn't enough?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. K.Guy

    @bawnian-dexeus That's the word!

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  5. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus
    Yes, i realized that. I guess if they hade a slightly higher production budget on Pirates 4, then that would not have been a problem.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. CBF

    Thor before Cap any day in VFX.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @themoviefanatic I think he means, poorly done

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. Sean

    @kguy
    Well, there was as you put it "fake sequences", in Transformers 3 as well.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  9. K.Guy

    @themoviefanatic Don't know about Pirates 4. There were a couple of fake sequences in that.

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  10. Sean

    I'm going to narrow down what i said who it should be that wins. I think it should be either Transformers 3 or Pirates 4 that should win.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. ZanyZap

    @moviegeek Yep, spot-on analysis, I'd say.

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  12. Photoman

    Dark of the moon all the way !!!

    3 years agoby @photomanFlag

  13. CUPID

    Dark of the Moon :P

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  14. CBF

    @daveactor7 Thor's effects sucked? You've got to be kidding. I'll give you some of the Frost Giants, but look how beautifully constructed Asgard was, the rainbow bridge, and other aspects. I thought it was one of the year's best. Definitely no video game moments in the effects.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  15. CBF

    @daveactor7 I don't think you'd be saying that if you knew what went into the seamless transition of the actor to Caesar in Rise of the Apes. Serkis did one hell of a job on Caesar, and he's got to be one of the best in the industry.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  16. Daveactor7

    Thors visual effects sucked total balls no offense xD especially the giant creature in the frost giant world.

    3 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  17. CBF

    @bane5000 Ditto. First Class over Thor? I don't think so.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  18. Bane5000

    Very surprised Thor wasnt nominated

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  19. moviegeek

    @corey@narrator I wouldn't be surprised to see Captain America get in there. Look at the seamless shrinking of Chris Evans they did. These visual effects nuts that vote for this will catch that, maybe moreso than the visuals for something like The Tree of Life.

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Harry Potter
    Hugo

    Those are about the only sure three. Tree of Life really isn't all the showy, the second Transformers film wasn't even nominated (!), X-Men's visuals bordered on cheesy (IMO), Real Steel would lose out to the robots of Transformers before it got in, and Pirates' visuals were underlit and rather boring.

    I'm surprised to see M:I-GP on here though. I can't remember any "visual effects" persay in the film that stood out. There aren't creatures or giant visuals?

    I would guess Captain America, Tree of Life, and Transformers will battle out the last two spots.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  20. CelluloidDreams

    The only film on the list worthy of an Oscar for Visual Effects....Rise of the Planet of the Apes...

    Wish 'Anonymous' was on the list .......my reason: "Anonymous" was the first motion picture to be shot with Arriflex's new Alexa camera, with most of the period backgrounds created and enhanced via new CGI technology.!

    ...side note: Nothing for 'The Muppets'!?. Strange!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  21. Daveactor7

    Give the award to either Harry Potter or Tree of life. Special effects for Rise was not that good, you could obviously tell what was Cgi. Caesar for example. Though a good film, it loses in this one to me.

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  22. aoshi

    Transformers 3 was a mediocre movie at best but the special effects were some of the best I have ever seen. Should win easily.

    3 years agoby @aoshiFlag

  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Cap is only there cause of the Benjamin Button Steve Rogers

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  24. the Narrator

    1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    2. Tree of Life
    3. Deathly Hallows
    4. Transformers
    5. Hugo

    Everything else was good or mediocre, not necessarily great.

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  25. MovieManiac

    @ROFLitschristian - I agree. When i saw that scene on an Imax screen, my jaw was on the floor.

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  26. ROFLitschristian

    Even though there're are much better films than it, I think Transformers always deserves this award. Th film itself is nowhere on par with Apes or Potter, but visual wise, ridiculous!

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  27. ROFLitschristian

    @moviemaniac66 I think the most stunning effect in it though was the shield, being formed and breaking. When I saw it on DVD, in glorious HD :), stunningly beautiful.

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  28. MovieManiac

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II deserves it. Every effect was jaw dropping from the giants taking out the statues to the extreme detail in Hogwarts itself. Hands down, Harry Potter deserves this award.

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  29. Sean

    It should be Transformers 3, Pirates 4 or Captain America that should win the visual effects oscar. One of those movies should win it in my opinion.

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