15 Finalists Set for Visual Effects Oscar

‘Hugo’, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, and ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ are among the contenders for the statuette.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is among the 15 finalist for the visual effects Oscar
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is among the 15 finalist for the visual effects Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected for consideration for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 84th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Cowboys & Aliens
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Real Steel
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Sucker Punch
  • Super 8
  • Thor
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • The Tree of Life
  • X-Men: First Class

In early January, the members of the Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the 15 films, will narrow the list to 10.

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}.

Captain America: The First Avenger was released July 22nd, 2011 and stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Richard Armitage, Stanley Tucci. The film is directed by Joe Johnston.

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.

Sources: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Comments (22)

  1. Worth5Bucks

    Lets not ignore MI4 for is special effects, it may not have the best visual effects, but its special effects were incredible, and in the eyes of the academy, they're one and the same.

    3 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  2. JonSpidey07

    my top picks are Dark of the Moon, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Sucker Punch, X-Men: First Class, Thor, and Harry Potter and Hugo

    3 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  3. MovieManiac

    should go to Harryn Potter in my opinion. The VFX were breathtaking in the film. From the giants attacking Hogwarts to Hogwarts itself, I was in awe at how amazing the special effects were. Everything was so clean and detailed and realistic. Hands down, I think that Deathly Hallows Part II deserves this Oscar.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  4. darksektor1971

    1- Rise of the planet of the Apes.
    3-Sucker Punch.
    5.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

    3 years agoby @darksektor1971Flag

  5. moviegeek

    I expect to see rise of the prepositional phrases, Harry potter, transformers, Hugo, and the 5th more up in the air. Tree of life maybe.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  6. Replicant

    1- Rise of the Apes
    2- Transformers
    3- Thor
    4- Tree of Life
    5- Sucker Punch

    I surprised X-Men even made the list, it had some great VFX shots, but also had some of the most terrible ones of any blockbuster this year.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  7. Josh

    Apes and Captain America are my top two (pending the ones I haven't yet seen). The facial emotions in Rise of the Apes were motion capture at its finest, and they did an excellent job with the "pre-serum" Steve Rogers in CA:TFA.

    There are a lot of visually-stimulating films in this list, though. I thought Asgard and the Rainbow Bridge were really well done in Thor, and from what I've seen Hugo looks like a visual masterpiece.

    I hope it doesn't go to X-Men or Tree of Life. While I highly enjoyed both films, the visual effects were pretty suspect in moments. BAD CGI dinosaurs were an awkward moment.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  8. Corey W.

    @kguy VFX were used throughout the entire film. Tree of Life is a visual masterpiece, haha

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  9. K.Guy

    My top five:

    1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2
    3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
    4. Captain America: The First Avenger
    5. Super 8

    And someone tell me when were VFX used on The Tree of Life.

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  10. MovieFreak97

    I think it should go

    1.) Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    2.) Captain America
    3.) Harry Potter (it should get as many nominations as possible just to earn some recognition)
    4.) Transformers
    5.) ? Just about anything else on the list.

    3 years agoby @moviefreak97Flag

  11. JennyL

    Rooting for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

    3 years agoby @JennyLFlag

  12. Summit10

    Hail Caesar!!! give it to him or the APES will rise :D

    3 years agoby @summit10Flag

  13. Diaigma

    Man. So hard to narrow it down to just one! :P

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  14. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    My top picks:

    1. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
    2. Harry Potter 7 (Part 2)
    3. Transformers 3
    4. Captain America
    5. Thor

    3 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  15. the Narrator

    1. Tree of Life: Visually breathtaking.

    2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: WETA does it again, plain and simple.

    3. Dark of the Moon: Clocking in at over two hours of constant visuals, combined with the actually bearable use of 3D, it deserves a nom at the least.

    4. Potter (Same reasoning as @thedude-abides mentioned).

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  16. empath86

    hugo, tree of life, or rise of the planet of the apes. hugo has it iin the bag i'm sure.

    3 years agoby @empath86Flag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    My obvious picks:

    Apes, Dark of the Moon, Super 8, Tree of Life, and Hugo.

    Dunno why Pirates for it didn't dazzle like it's predecessors.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. ROFLitschristian

    I think the top contenders are Apes, Deathly Hallows, Transformers, and Sucker Punch. Tough to say who'll get it though. I predict... uh... Potter.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  19. CelluloidDreams

    My picks:

    "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

    "The Tree of Life" - Visually Overwhelming at itmes!

    "Real Steel"

    .. "The Muppets" (2011) ...since not on the list ..I will add it!

    "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  20. thedude-abides

    Personally, I thought some of the effects in Harry Potter looked like sh*t. I still think it'll be nominated, but there were multiple times when you could see patchiness in the continuity. My picks:

    1. Tree of Life
    2. Apes
    3. Potter
    4. Hugo
    5. Transformers?

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  21. Dark enV

    Apes deserves the win in my opinion but this is a great list of films

    3 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  22. The Boondock Saint

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    The Tree of Life (even though I F*CKING HATE that movie, it's visuals were great)

    Captain America

    Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

    Super 8

    those are my picks

    3 years agoby @combatmadness360Flag

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