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Oscar Watch: Ten Contenders Still in Running for Visual Effects Category

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Sure, the best picture, actor and director always get the glory when it comes to the Oscar race. But think about everything outside of those categories that goes into a film. Many films would be non-existent without visual effects, and there are still ten films in the running for this category.

Members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Thursday, January 3. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. Yes, only five.

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The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thurs., Jan. 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Academy Awards telecast will air on Sun., Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on ABC in more than 225 countries worldwide. No pressure or anything.

Here are the ten contenders still in the running for Visual Effects. I’ve marked my favorites with an asterisk. Yes, I have enough faith in Peter Jackson that I’m asterisking The Hobbit even though I haven’t seen it yet. It’s a shoe-in, right?

I know Prometheus didn’t score well with critics, but I thought the visual effects were amazing. Same with Cloud Atlas.

  • 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

Any favorites here for visual effects? 

Jane Boursaw is the founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Her credits include hundreds of print and online publications, including The New York Times, People Magazine, Variety, Moviefone, TV Squad and more. Follow her on Twitter at @reellifejane.

Jane Boursaw has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


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One comment

  1. Oh, The Hobbit, of course!

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