Friday, December 06, 2013

The List of 10, 86th Academy Awards

It's bake-off time! David S. Cohen of Variety has the scoop on the list of films that will be going to the visual effects bake-off for this year's 86th Academy Awards.
  • Elysium
  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Iron Man 3
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Oblivion
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Pacific Rim
  • World War Z
The list of 10 films was determined by the Executive Committee of the Academy's visual effects branch (which, in the past, has been populated by 40 people).

The 10 films will each present a 10 minute reel of finished work at the bake-off in January to the full membership of the Academy visual effects branch, along with a quick introduction and post-reel Q&A. After the 10 films have presented, all members of the visual effects branch vote for the five Oscar nominees. Ultimately, the full Academy membership votes for the winners of the Academy Award in every category.

Like last year, the two-step process of an initial list of 15 films whittled down to 10 films was scrapped.  Although the branch used the 15-to-10 process for the 84th Academy Awards, which gives the Executive Committee a chance to catch up on all 15 films, the accelerated rate of the Academy schedule for the 85th and 86th awards meant that the final bake-off list needs to be available in the first week of December of each year.  The 15-to-10 process started for the 80th Academy Awards (for which "The Golden Compass" ultimately won the Oscar).

Congratulations to all of those participating in the bake-off.

Read Cohen's story here.  FXGuide also covered the announcement here.

1 comment:

Tyler Weatherall said...

I was *so* close! I had everything guessed right, except that I had "Catching Fire" and "MoS" instead of "WWZ" and "Thor".

My guesses for the final five? "Hobbit", "Pacific Rim" and "Gravity" for sure, with the other two spots up for grabs. "Star Trek" and "Iron Man 3" seem like the most likely candidates, but I could see "Elysium", "Lone Ranger" or "Oblivion" *possibly* making it in there.

Anywho, congrats to all involved! Another year of stellar work!