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Poll: Oscars 2012: Best Visual Effects

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#1 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:24 PM

The shortlist:

  • "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"
The list will be narrowed to 10 in early January, and then, um, to 3 or 5 (I'm not sure if this varies from year to year) when the nominees are announced on January 24.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 24 January 2012 - 10:10 AM.


#2 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:34 PM

So... any significant snubs?

Just looking at the box-office top twenty for the year (and let's face it, a lot of the most effects-heavy films are blockbusters or would-be blockbusters), I see Twilight 4 and Fast Five... should they have been considered? (I'm omitting the animated features, the modestly-budgeted R-rated comedies and The Help for obvious reasons.)

Oh, wait, and the film currently in the #21 spot is Green Lantern -- why wasn't THAT film included here? Do, say, a few dinosaur shots in The Tree of Life really merit THAT much more attention than the vigorous bringing-to-life of an entire comic-book universe? (We might argue that The Tree of Life used its effects shots more artfully, and set them to better music etc., but that's a rather different question.)

Hmmm. Other effects-heavy films in the top forty that were left off the list: Battle: Los Angeles (#31), Immortals (#35).

Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 09 December 2011 - 07:35 PM.


#3 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:11 PM

The even shorter shortlist:

  • "Captain America: The First Avenger"
  • "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"
  • "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
  • "The Tree of Life"
  • "X-Men: First Class"
The five films that got cut:

  • "Cowboys & Aliens"
  • "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"
  • "Sucker Punch"
  • "Super 8"
  • "Thor"
The final five nominees will be announced January 24.

#4 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:37 AM

The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for its own awards. The non-animated theatrical-feature nominees:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
  • Anonymous
  • Hugo
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Source Code
  • War Horse
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Ukranian Ironbelly
  • Paul - Paul
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Caesar
  • The Thing - Edvard/Adam
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
  • Anonymous - London
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Hogwarts
  • Thor - Heimdall's Observatory
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon - 155 Wacker Drive
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
  • Hugo
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Thor
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Hogwarts School Buildings
  • Hugo - Train Crash
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Parking Garage
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Driller
Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon



#5 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:11 AM

Vote!

And note that one of the Academy's nominees was not nominated for ANY of the Visual Effects Society's awards, said film being Real Steel.

#6 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:39 AM

The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for its own awards.

And the winners are (in bold):

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
  • Anonymous
  • Hugo
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Source Code
  • War Horse
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Ukranian Ironbelly
  • Paul - Paul
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Caesar
  • The Thing - Edvard/Adam
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
  • Anonymous - London
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Hogwarts
  • Thor - Heimdall's Observatory
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon - 155 Wacker Drive
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
  • Hugo
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Thor
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Hogwarts School Buildings
  • Hugo - Train Crash
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Parking Garage
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Driller
Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon

So... Hugo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: Dark of the Moon won two awards each (and all three of those films have been nominated for the Oscar), and Captain America: The First Avenger won one too (and that film has NOT been nominated for the Oscar).