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Oscars 2011 Update: Visual Effects Society Nominations

The lesser of the two sets of nominations that were announced today. I’m leading with this one simply because when I post the next one, people will forget about this one entirely.

Today they announced the nominations for the Visual Effects Society. This doesn’t really help enlighten the Best Visual Effects category at the Oscars, since there already is a shortlist of 10 nominees, and really at this point it comes down to what’s going to win, since we have a general idea of what’ll be nominated. There are still some surprises, but generally, these aren’t that important.

First, we have the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture category. Ya follow? Don’t worry, you will when you see the nominees:

  • 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: Revenge of the Fallen

I’d start talking about them now, but there’s also another category. That’s Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture. Which I love, because for the other category, it’s like “There’s really nothing worthwhile about them other than the effects.” Kind of like the Golden Globes Best Actor – Musical/Comedy award. Like, “Yeah, it’s nice and all, but that’s only for this small section of stuff. This other award, this is the award.” Not really. I was just trying to make a joke and it didn’t work out so I kept going.

Anywho…this is the Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects nominees list:

  • Anonymous
  • Hugo
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Source Code
  • War Horse

Okay. There are more nominees, but let’s deal with these, because these are the ones that will be involved with the actual Oscar category. Actually, fuck it, there’s only one more film one. It’s Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture:

  • Arthur Christmas
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango
  • The Adventures of Tintin

None of those are on the shortlist, which is strange. I guess they don’t consider those as much of an achievement in visual effects as they do the other ones. Animated films are pretty much all visual effects. So I guess the Best Animated Feature category is technically that. Whatever. More important stuff to do.

Here is the shortlist for the Oscars:

  • 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

Of those ten, here are the ones that were nominated by the Visual Effects Society: Captain America, Harry Potter, Pirates, Planet of the Apes, Transformers, Hugo.

So six of the ten nominees. What’s most curious about that is how Tree of Life (not so much Real Steel, but also kind of) was not nominated. I guess it falls a bit between the two categories.

I guess that makes those six your favorites to be nominated. Though, honestly, I think we all assumed Potter, Hugo, Apes, and Transformers were favorites anyway. So really it comes down to that final spot, and if it’ll be Pirates, Captain America or Tree of Life.

That’s it, really. The next article is more interesting. It’s the DGA nominees. That’ll go up within the hour.

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