Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And the Nominees Are...

For the first time ever, the visual effects category of the Academy Awards is filled with five nominees (rather than the traditional three).

Here are the nominees for Achievement in Visual Effects, for the 83rd Academy Awards:

Alice in Wonderland
Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

Iron Man 2
Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

The Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, February 27, 2011 on ABC.


TylerMirage said...

Congratulations to all of the hard working individuals who worked on these projects! A lot of blood, sweat and broken keyboards must've been shed. ;)

Nice to see "Iron Man 2" and "Inception" up there. Obvious choices, in my opinion.. "Harry Potter" and some great stuff too. Huh. "Hereafter" must've had some *really* great stuff in it to make it to the finals. (I haven't seen it yet, so I can't make an informed decision). But I'm really shocked that "Tron Legacy" didn't make it as one of the finalists. I thought for sure that it would've edged out "Alice in Wonderland".

And of course, YAY for "Iron Man 2"! :D

I predict the winner to be..."Inception"! But any film here deserves the win.

vfx fan said...

"Star Wars Episode III" has been bumped down to the second most shocking VFX Oscar snub. "TRON Legacy" is now No. 1.

It also got snubbed for Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score, and not to mention Sound Mixing.

As disappointing as "TRON Legacy" was as a movie, this is still a great injustice.

"Hereafter?" C'mon!

And "Alice in Wonderland" had okay fx, it was just a terrible movie -- probably Burton's worst.

"Inception" was wonderful, but the sequences that people are raving about had very minor vfx.

TylerMirage said...

@vfx fan: Are you counting "Transformers" *not* winning in 2007? Or simply films that should've been *nominated*, but weren't? I'd say that "Transformers" loss was the #1 snub (if you're counting nominations-but-not-wins). As for "SW III", 2005 was a tough year and the nominees were ALL worthy contenders in my books ("Narnia", "Kong", "WotW"). Any of those could've been snubbed and it would've been disappointing. :) "Harry Potter 4" could've also been considered in 2005. Too bad the 5 nominees-thing didn't come in until this year. Then maybe "SW III" and "Transformers 2" could've received nominations. :( But yes, it is rather sad that "Tron Legacy" didn't make it farther. Snubbed indeed. I was really surprised that it didn't get more technical nominations as you pointed out, plus Original Score. :(

RE : "Alice" : It is nice to see the SPI guys get a nomination since "Superman Returns" in 2006. I thought for sure that "Alice" might be passed over based on 'negative 3D points' and all, kind of like "The Last Airbender" and "Clash of the Titans".

RE : "Inception" : Oh, but remember, it's not QUANTITY of VFX, but QUALITY. :) "Inception"'s VFX were great, even if they were (relatively) limited.

In short, every film and every individual up there deserves the nominations. Lots of hard work was displayed. :)