15 films land on the visual effects shortlist

Posted by · 1:55 pm · December 11th, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the FallenVia the Academy’s press release, the titles are:

“Angels & Demons”
“Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
“District 9”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“Sherlock Holmes”
“Star Trek”
“Terminator Salvation”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“Where the Wild Things Are”

I’d say “The Lovely Bones” got the shaft, but I’m hopping off of that horse for now.  “Avatar,” “District 9” and “Star Trek” are the likely nominees, which is what I’ve had in the sidebar for weeks.  “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” could land in there, but it might feel old hat.  And “Where the Wild Things Are” is a legitimate contender.  Everything else is destined to be an also-ran, I suspect.

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  • 1 12-11-2009 at 1:57 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    It doesn’t stand a chance (even if Selick’s work has landed here before), but I like that they thought to nominate “Coraline.”

  • 2 12-11-2009 at 1:59 pm

    Pablo (Col) said...

    Your top 3 looks like THE ONE but i think that Harry Potter or Transformers could replace District 9.

  • 3 12-11-2009 at 2:00 pm

    Pablo (Col) said...

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  • 4 12-11-2009 at 2:15 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    It’s time for this to expand to five nominees.

    Avatar has this in the bag, but there really is four other films on that list that deserve to be recognized.

  • 5 12-11-2009 at 2:30 pm

    Alex in Movieland said...

    Coraline and A Christmas Carol, but no Lovely Bones?! silly.

    Star Trek
    Transformers II

    the alien stuff from District 9 doesn’t hold up to the giant robots and tons of fighting. even though it’s “old news”.

    But: no talking bears???
    oh wait, there’s the blue cats :P

  • 6 12-11-2009 at 2:31 pm

    Hunter said...

    Lovely Bones, of course, was shafted because all of the FX were by the non-Hollywood house WETA, while Avatar could at least claim some work by ILM. Those LA FX guys are taking revenge upon WETA for not selling their mocap code.

  • 7 12-11-2009 at 2:45 pm

    david said...

    I think Avatar and Star Trek look rock solid…but who knows about that third spot. District 9, Transformers, and Terminator all boast somewhat similar visual effects with robots and such. If they all kind of cancel each other out, then I could see Where the Wild Things Are possibly slipping in and getting a nomination. At least the visual effects in that film are a little bit more original, and used in a different way then most of the other contenders.

    I agree with Guy…I loved seeing Coraline making this short list. The Nightmare Before Christmas got in here but that was before they had the Animated Film category. It will just be too convenient for the Academy to restrict Coraline to the animated category I’m afraid.

    I wonder if the Lovely Bones not showing up here is a bad sign for the film in general, as far as the Oscar’s go??

  • 8 12-11-2009 at 2:47 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    @Hunter: I actually wondered if this runs deeper, as a sign of a major overall snub against The Lovely Bones on the way. If The Lovely Bones is out, what’s in?

  • 9 12-11-2009 at 2:51 pm

    Hero said...

    Unless I’m missing something, TLB omission probably isn’t anti-WETA since District 9 made the cut.

  • 10 12-11-2009 at 2:54 pm

    Hunter said...

    Hero, it’s a personal attack against Jackson. Like he should care. After Avatar, he’s crying all the way to the bank.

  • 11 12-11-2009 at 2:57 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Angels and Demon’s and GI Joe made the list, did they even watch those movies? Terrible fx…

    I wouldn’t mind if Transformers was in the final 3, both films had great fx and Transformers 1 should have won when it was nominated.

  • 12 12-11-2009 at 2:59 pm

    John said...

    This really does need to expand past three nominations when we have 4 films that would be worthy winners (AVATAR, STAR TREK, 2012, and DISTRICT 9) and several other films that would be perfectly respectable 5ths.

    Odd about Lovely Bones.

    And personally, I don’t think animated movies should be contenders for visual effects if there’s an animated movie category.

  • 13 12-11-2009 at 3:05 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    The Lovely Bones was my most anticipated of the year, still is, but even I can accept it wont be an academy film, unfortunately, and this is as much proof as you can get

  • 14 12-11-2009 at 4:01 pm

    tintin said...

    Was my most anticipated too…snif snif…jaja

  • 15 12-11-2009 at 4:13 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “I don’t think animated movies should be contenders for visual effects if there’s an animated movie category.”

    With all due respect, this makes no sense to me. What does the one category have to do with the other?

  • 16 12-11-2009 at 5:03 pm

    Glenn said...

    It’s thinking like that makes people think they shouldn’t vote for animated or foreign titles for best picture because they have their own category. “Coraline” had visual effects, hence it should be eligible.

    Avatar, D9 and Star Trek do seem like the obvious choices although I wouldn’t count out “2012” in an “I, Robot” sort of way.

  • 17 12-11-2009 at 5:04 pm

    A.J said...

    Nothing about District 9’s effects pop out though. Plus they have to sit through 15 minute speech about each film and the techniques, right? That’ll just show them how bad the effects actually are. I mean inventive to get around budget constraints, but best of the year?

  • 18 12-11-2009 at 5:07 pm

    Matt said...

    I’m not sold on District 9 getting a nod, as much as I loved the film.

    Avatar is the only VFX nod in the bag. I would say it is a race for the second and third spots, with Transformers, Star Trek, 2012, Harry Potter 6 and District 9 leading the way, in that order.

  • 19 12-11-2009 at 5:36 pm

    Matthew said...

    From the early reviews and stuff, Avatar has this award in the bag. Thank goodness the messy, cluttered, “lets throw whatever crap we can think of on the screen” VFX of Revenge of the Fallen won’t stand a chance of winning.

  • 20 12-11-2009 at 5:40 pm

    Matthew said...

    Coraline making the VFX shortlist is great. Animation doesn’t get it’s proper due and consideration imho in many categories. Heck, I believe Wall-E should’ve contended for Cinematography last year.

  • 21 12-11-2009 at 6:09 pm

    Ivan said...


    Star Trek

    Harry Potter(District 9)

    I feel like Avatar and Star Trek are locks…i realy enjoyed HP6 visual outlook a lot,not too much SFX but used extremely well.

    Transformers 2 was on par with the first movie which was robbed so i doubt this year with such competition they would give it a nomination.

  • 22 12-11-2009 at 7:55 pm

    Me. said...

    I’m surprised at the omission of The Lovely Bones. WOW. That film is doing really really bad this season.

    On a side note I saw Up in the Air and OMG what an OVERRATED film! It was incredibly boring and lame. Visually uninteresting. Lame story an emotionally it left me completely cold. I barely chuckled at the jokes. I got the whole point of the film: making human connections, but I couldn’t care less about the characters or anything throughout the film. When it ended, my reaction was the following: WTF?! That’s it? The only thing I appreciated about it was the little “Amélie” tribute, it made me smile.

  • 23 12-11-2009 at 8:57 pm

    j said...

    I’d like Coraline & Potter

    aside from Avatar. But that may be more I liked the films than the effects, so. I don’t really care about VFX in general tbh.

  • 24 12-11-2009 at 9:28 pm

    Ben M. said...

    While the effects were pretty cartoonish I kinda expected Wolverine to make this since all the other X-Men movies got onto the shortlist but not a major omission; also mildly surprised by far from shocked about Lovely Bones, after it has opened to awful reviews (look at some of the wide releases out now with higher scores on metacritic: New Moon, The Box, 2012, Surrogates, Everybody’s Fine) I don’t think it gets a single nom and Tucci’s best hope is for Julie & Julia.

  • 25 12-11-2009 at 10:13 pm

    Joel said...

    Yeah, it’ll be “Avatar,” “District 9,” and “Star Trek.” This is why I prefer five nominees for F/X (and why I have five nominees in my personal awards ballot every year). Especially this year, there’s not a lot to leave out. I would give the other two spots to “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “2012.”

  • 26 12-11-2009 at 10:15 pm

    Joel said...

    And the effects in “G-Force” were goddamned impressive.

  • 27 12-12-2009 at 1:13 am

    Kate said...

    I’m shocked nobody has included Sherlock Holmes on the list of nominees! That film is freaking gorgeous. Imo more so than District 9. Though Avatar and Star Trek I def agree with.

  • 28 12-12-2009 at 1:28 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    The bridge scene at the end of Sherlock is incredibly laughable from an effects standpoint.

  • 29 12-14-2009 at 12:47 am

    미ㅣㅛ said...

    I hope Harry Potter 6 make it in the list of 3. I think the “Goblet of Fire” deserves at least a nomination…

    Anyway, I have Avatar, Harry Potter 6 and Coraline.. But Animations were being discriminated in this category do i’ll just give it to Star Treck if not Coraline