Rule changes for animated features and Best Visual Effects

Posted by · 10:49 am · July 8th, 2010

A few weeks ago the Academy’s visual effects committee was set to vote on expanding the Best Visual Effects category to five nominees. Today, the rule has officially gone into the books, according to a press release. The rules governing animated feature eligibility have also been altered to make room for films that run at […]

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AMPAS will vote on expanding visual effects category to five

Posted by · 10:58 am · May 18th, 2010

Expansion is the thing these days.  And after last year’s shift from five Best Picture nominees to 10, it’s looking like the wheels are in motion to finally cough up another two slots in the category of Best Visual Effects, a move I think many will agree is a long time coming. But we’re not […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Final stretch, final predictions

Posted by · 8:26 pm · March 4th, 2010

Well, here we are. On Sunday, the statuettes for the Oscars will handed out. It seems difficult to remember that it was eight months ago when we started looking at the categories for the first time. Today, let’s take one last look at the crafts categories to see where we stand. Best Art Direction (Oscar […]

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Stop the presses: ‘Avatar’ sweeps VES

Posted by · 9:50 pm · February 28th, 2010

ZOMG!  Well, actually, it wasn’t a clean sweep, as “District 9” managed to win in the compositing category (one of many that saw “Avatar” as a multiple nominee).  But it was unsurprisingly dominated by Cameron and company throughout, with six awards going to the blockbuster.  Go to The Circuit to see the damage. (Also, while […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar nomination week

Posted by · 6:02 am · February 6th, 2010

• Did you hear? The 2009 Academy Award nominations were announced. “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar” led the pack. • Days before, Kathryn Bigelow nabbed the Directors’ Guild Award — the first woman ever to do so. • Back to the Oscars, we collected reaction statements from 44 of this year’s nominees. • I rounded […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Visual Effects

Posted by · 1:30 pm · February 5th, 2010

The field of visual effects contenders didn’t seem to need the annual bake-off reduction to know which way the wind was blowing this year.  Three films seemed to be headed for recognition from the outset, and on nomination morning, the category made for one of the least surprising collectives of the day. Furthermore, it has […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Post mortem

Posted by · 12:17 pm · February 5th, 2010

So here we are. For the most part, the crafts category nominations weren’t surprising, and there is not a single film that fared drastically better – or worse – than I expected. As for comments on individual categories? In Best Cinematography, Bruno Delbonnel’s nomination for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” has got to be […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Final predictions, part two

Posted by · 2:02 pm · January 31st, 2010

Continuing from where we left off yesterday, today we look at the fields of makeup, music, sound and visual effects. BEST MAKEUP The shortlist of seven makes predicting this category slightly easier. “District 9”’s realistic wounds, not to mention the practical elements of the central character’s transformation, likely make it the frontrunner. “Star Trek,” meanwhile, […]

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‘Avatar’ leads VES nominations

Posted by · 5:49 pm · January 18th, 2010

No surprises there.  James Cameron’s film landed 11 separate mentions from the Visual Effects Society (some more specifically indicated than others).  “2012” and “District 9” each landed three nominations, while “Sherlock Holmes” and “Star Trek” each landed two. The nominees in the main field, “visual effects in a visual effects driven feature motion picture,” are: […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Guilds, lists and disqualifications

Posted by · 4:49 am · January 9th, 2010

• In a big week for precursor announcements, the DGA nominations were the biggest — and least surprising. • The PGA, meanwhile, found room for all three of the year’s hot sci-fi titles in its nominee slate. • “The Hurt Locker” triumphed at the National Society of Film Critics Awards, the first film in 12 […]

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Visual effects bake-off leaves seven

Posted by · 10:28 am · January 6th, 2010

And they are, via AMPAS press release: “Avatar” “District 9” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” “Star Trek” “Terminator Salvation” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” “2012” And the three I still expect to get in are in the mix, so, whew.  I think we all know what will eventually win here, but if there’s a […]

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15 films land on the visual effects shortlist

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

Via the Academy’s press release, the titles are: “Angels & Demons” “Avatar” “Coraline” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” “District 9” “G-Force” “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” “2012” “Watchmen” “Where the Wild Things Are” I’d say “The Lovely Bones” […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar prods, Gotham nods, ‘Amelia’ clods

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 24th, 2009

• The Academy finally named the producers for next year’s Oscar telecast, first-timers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. • All of which added weight to the speculation that Hugh Jackman might return as host. • The Gotham Awards provided the season with its first set of nominees, though it inspired more talk for its omissions. […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume II

Posted by · 12:17 pm · October 22nd, 2009

As more films have been unleashed, the race for the visual effects Oscar now appears clearer than it did three months ago.  I’m starting to feel the race for the final three will really be down to a handful of films. As I explained in August, a shortlist of seven films will be announced in […]

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Visual effects: 100 years of Inspiration

Posted by · 8:30 am · August 21st, 2009

With all the “Avatar” talk lately, it seemed a fine time to point you to this interesting video covering a number of milestones in film visual effects throughout the years. Some irritating omissions, but they got most of it: Gerard’s recent Tech Support commentary on this year’s race for Best Visual Effects here. (Courtesy: Cinematical)

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume I

Posted by · 11:51 am · August 6th, 2009

“How did they do that?”  Movie-goers often ask this in response to spectacular visual effects, one of few elements of a film, apart from acting, directing or story, that a studio might choose to sell a film directly on. Not surprisingly, the Academy’s award for Best Visual Effects is definitely the most mainstream-friendly of all […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Postmortem

Posted by · 11:03 am · February 27th, 2009

What can I say? It was a big night for “Slumdog Millionaire” at the 81st Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. While I do like the film a great deal, I found its dominance this awards season unnecessarily monotonous.  For instance, I preferred Thomas Newman’s work in both music categories this year, but I was nonetheless […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Final predictions

Posted by · 5:27 pm · February 18th, 2009

After six months of Tech Support previews and interviews, the films have arrived, the nominations have been announced and the guilds, the critics and BAFTA have all announced their preferences.  Today we take a final look at the races before the envelopes are opened on Sunday. BEST ART DIRECTION After guild and BAFTA wins, I […]

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