Oscars Visual Effects Shortlist Announced

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With the amount of big blockbusters there were this year – films full of explosions, magic spells and other worlds meticulously rendered onscreen – I’ve been looking forward to seeing which of those films will get recognition at the Oscars. And, in the only category you’re likely to see many of the summer ’09 films in is undoubtedly the Best Visual Effects category, which in the past few years has included Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Superman Returns.

The Academy of Motion Picture Art And Sciences has today announced the shortlist for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. The list has seven films on it, which will then be whittled down to three and those will be announced along with the rest of the nominees on February 2nd. Here are the seven films:

  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Star Trek
  • Terminator Salvation
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • 2012

Take away your opinion of the films overall, and that’s a pretty darn impressive list when it comes to special effects, I think you’ll agree. 2009 was certainly a great year for visual effects, from the low-budget to mega-budget movies. It’s really tough to narrow the list down, but if I had to choose three to be nominated, I would pick District 9 (astonishing effects for the fairly low $30 million budget), 2012 (messy destruction flawlessly visualized) and Avatar (the technology employed to achieve the effects makes it an absolute no-brainer).

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As for what I think will actually get nominated, I think my personal picks will stand except for 2012 – I think Transformers 2 might get nominated in place of it.

In your opinion which of those seven movies should be nominated for their visual effects?

As stated, all the nominees for the Oscars this year will be announced on February 2nd.

Source: Oscars Official Site via /Film

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  1. Transformers 2, Avatar, and Half-Blood Prince should be nominated. But, “Avatar” should win, if not theres something wrong with the Oscars. Wait….nevermind, there already is.

  2. I’m thinking Avatar, Transformers 2 and Terminator: Salvation. I didn’t like the FX in 2012 that much, althought they’re pretty impressive.

    But I think Avatar should definitely win. It’s the most astonishing movie I’ve seen in my life, and not because of the big explosions, but of how beautiful Pandora is… that’s amazing.

  3. I think that Avatar, 2012 and Transformers 2 (basing solely on the details) should make it. Otherwise, Avatar, District 9 (even though I’ve yet to watch it), and Transformers 2 (despite the plot, the effects are amazing).

  4. Avatar has officially claimed the number 2 spot of all time. Cameron has done it again. And it had to pass “Return Of The King” to do it. Rather poetic for the king of the the world don’t you think?

  5. about the sweet screenshot from Avatar at the top of the article. Does anyone know where i can find a bigger hi-res version of it?

  6. Even though it wasn’t the best movie of the year or anything, Avatar should definitely win this category, no contest. I would think Transformers 2 would be another, but don’t know about the rest. District 9 was impressive FOR A LOWER BUDGET, but the effects weren’t really that impressive overall, and I haven’t seen 2012, so don’t really know about that, but it looked pretty good from the previews…

  7. I’d say Avatar, Transformers 2, and Star Trek. As much as I’d like Transformers to win I think avatar will win.

  8. I loved Star Trek, probably my favorite movie of the year, but I don’t think the special effects were that remarkable. Pretty darn good of course, but not award worthy. But then again, I felt District 9′s were worse and everyone’s listing that one, so I guess I’d vote Star Trek if forced to pick between those two, lol.

  9. @Will,

    I found a super high-res version of that header image for you:



  10. OMFG, looking at that high res pic, you REALLY see all of the detail in the CGI… WOOOOOWWW

  11. Look at the nylon straps, his tongue has texture, the top parts of his molars for crying out loud… Holy moly…

  12. Avatar will likely win, seeing as everybody loves Cameron so much (not to mention that the effects are incredible and revolutionary despite everything else being a total joke), but I’d kind of like for TF:ROTF to win, if only to make up for the fact that the first one had the oscar robbed, no mugged, from it for talking polar bears.

  13. Star Trek, Transformers 2 and Avatar, with Avatar being the strongest contender.
    I think you make a good case for District 9- one big thing folks don’t get is that one has to look at quality and not quantity. Just to be on that short list says a lot.

    2012 had tons of quantity. But with repeated gags, not so much quality.

  14. @Ken

    I agree. That hi-res shot seals it for me. Avatar should and WILL win. And it’s not like it is a still shot in the movie. It is taken from an action sequence. incredibly impressive.

  15. Impressive is an understatement. I actually wasn’t expecting that much detail, because I understand it’s all in motion, so nobody will notice things like the little strings coming out of the strap, or the texture of his tongue, or the ridges on the nylon… There really was no NEED for that much detail, but I guess it’s James Cameron, and if there’s one thing we all know about him it’s his almost OCD level attention to detail…

    That screenshot WELL exceeded my expectations and I already held Avatar’s graphics in high regard…

  16. But Ken….then why did James let Sam slip into his Aussie accent like 7 times. with all of the attention to detail, why was this not fixed? simple process to re-dub a word in a sentence….I just do not get that.
    For my money District-9 was flawless, Star Trek and then Avatar. The Voters will go with 2012.

  17. I blame it on James Cameron trying to not be an a-hole to his actors anymore, lol. :-D

    He probably noticed, and I’m sure his Aussie accent slipped more times than what we heard, and I’m sure Cameron got on his back many times for it, but in the end, you can only have so much control over another person without breaking them…

    District 9 was far from flawless… but that’s just my opinion versus yours…

  18. I think it should be between avatar and transformers 2. but i have to give it to transformers 2. No matter how bad the story was, the special effects were the best. U have to look at how the people had to put each and every part of the car together, form the hood to the smallest screw. Dont forget these things are computer animated, so when u see the forest fight on transformers 2, look at the way the director has to plant explosives in the ground to make the robots look like they are acyually running and scuffing up dirt. just watch that scene a couple of times and i think youll know what movie should win

  19. Sometimes they nominate their favorite films on the list, in which case it would probably be Avatar, District 9, and Star Trek.

  20. Sometimes they nominate their favorite films on the list, in which case it would probably be Avatar, District 9, and Star Trek.