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Postby dreaMaker » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:11 pm

No ''Knowing''?? Bummer..

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Postby Zahveed » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:28 pm

My predictions:

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District 9
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Postby Zahveed » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:26 pm

OscarGuy wrote:No. The Visual Effects committee get production reels for the pictures, up to 15 minutes of work with written descriptions of procedures used to create the effects. So, they don't typically see the film entire.

Cameron must be a genius. He's been doing this for the past five months.
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Postby OscarGuy » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:55 pm

No. The Visual Effects committee get production reels for the pictures, up to 15 minutes of work with written descriptions of procedures used to create the effects. So, they don't typically see the film entire.
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Postby anonymous1980 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:25 pm

The nominees will be: Avatar, Star Trek and 2012

Avatar wins.

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Postby Sonic Youth » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:18 pm

They had Academy screenings for Avatar already?
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Postby Hollywood Z » Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:35 pm

But don't forget that The Nightmare Before Christmas was up for Visual Effects back in 1993. Of course, that was a pretty devoid year for FX driven films anyway.

Interesting that The Lovely Bones isn't on this list, though. From the trailer, it looked pretty effects heavy at points. Perhaps this could be a sign of the reception towards the film from the Academy?

I'm thinking that the seven finalists are going to be:
- Avatar
- District 9
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
- Sherlock Holmes
- Star Trek
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
- 2012

If these hold up to be true, then I think the nominees will be:

- Avatar
- Star Trek
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Avatar is essentially guaranteed to win, so that will make it's way into the nominees. Star Trek is a safe bet, in that it was a huge success with critics (Oscar Guy not withstanding) and audiences, not to mention that it has been getting sparce talks about being an underdog Best Picture contender, if only due to the new 10 picture slot and it would be a way for the Academy to "make amends" with the mainstream audiences that were angry over the shafting of The Dark Knight and Wall-E (which is how Up will sneak in this year).

Which only leaves the final slot. Transformers 2 could sneak in, if only because of the fact of it's huge (albiet depressing shot of) box office success. However, it left such a bitter taste in the mouths of anyone who is slightly coherent while watching movies that it could see a similar shut out the way that Spider-Man 3 and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull did.

I'm hoping for this to happen (I'm even thinking of way that I can start a Razzie campaign for it. For Your Consideration in all categories: Worst Picture, Director, etc.) and that more deserving effects like 2012 or Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince make the cut.
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Postby OscarGuy » Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:14 pm

Drop Coraline, A Christmas Carol, G-Force, Sherlock Holmes and Angels & Demons from this list and it's closer to the final 7.
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Postby The Original BJ » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:40 pm

No real surprises here.


Academy unveils Visual Effects contenders
'Avatar,' 'District 9,' '2012' among Oscar hopefuls

By DAVID S. COHEN

The Motion Picture Academy released its long list of 15 contenders for the Visual Effects Oscar Friday, and there were some surprises, both in what made it, and what didn't.

Animated features "Coraline" and "Disney's A Christmas Carol" are still in the running, but already gone from contention are "The Lovely Bones," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Night at the Museum 2," all of which boasted extensive digital vfx.

The 15 still in the Oscar race are: "Angels & Demons"; "Avatar"; "Coraline"; "Disney's A Christmas Carol"; "District 9"; "G-Force"; "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"; "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"; "Sherlock Holmes"; "Star Trek"; "Terminator Salvation"; "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"; "2012"; "Watchmen"; "Where the Wild Things Are."

Three of the titles are in stereoscopic 3D (S3D): "Avatar," "Coraline" and "G-Force." The S3D in "Coraline" is likely a factor that helped it beat out titles with more digital vfx.

Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic worked on five of the 15: "Avatar," "Harry Potter," "Star Trek," "Terminator Salvation" and "Transformers 2." Digital Domain, off last year's win for "Benjamin Button," has four contenders: "2012," "G.I. Joe," "Star Trek" and "Transformers.

Though its "The Lovely Bones" isn't in the race, Weta Digital is among the several shops with a pair of contenders: "Avatar," for which it was the lead shop, and "District 9."

The most notable omission from the list was Paramount's "The Lovely Bones," from helmer Peter Jackson and Weta Digital. Weta Digital is amply represented, though, with "District 9" and the category's most touted title for the year, "Avatar."

The inclusion of "Disney's A Christmas Carol" confirms the Acad's vfx branch is open to considering effects in CG-animated features, a point of controversy in tech circles.

Among distribs, Warners has four contenders; Paramount and Sony have three apiece, Disney has two.

Fox has only one, but it's "Avatar." Universal's only entry comes from its specialty label, Focus, which distribbed "Coraline" -- always a bad sign for a studio, since vfx contenders typically line up with box office leaders.

The vfx branch's executive committee will pick from this list in early January to determine the seven pics for the visual effects bakeoff.

The bakeoff will be held at the Academy's Goldwyn Theater on January 21.


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