Posts tagged “Visual Effects

Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

Okay, let’s take care of the other category we previewed two weeks ago — Best Visual Effects.

They released their longlist of 20, which was this:

1917
Ad Astra

The Aeronauts
Aladdin
Alita: Battle Angel
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Cats
Dumbo
Ford v Ferrari
Gemini Man
Hobbs & Shaw
The Irishman
Jumanji: The Next Level
The Lion King
Men in Black: International
Midway
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Terminator: Dark Fate

10 of those have been shortlisted, and here they are: (more…)


Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects Longlist

They announced the Visual Effects longlist today. I originally left this article blank to write up in the morning so I could continue working on what I was doing today, but of course the idea of rambling for 3,000 words about the Oscars is just too good to pass up, so you’re getting this article tonight.

The shortlist, as per usual, is 20 films, which will eventually become 10 in a few weeks and then we’ll eventually get a category of 5. I always love this particular longlist because you always get some of the weirdest choices on it. It’s always interesting to see what does and doesn’t make the cut (since I imagine more than 20 films are submitted for the category and the phrase ‘longlist’ implies some initial vetting). I don’t know how they figure it out, but I guess it doesn’t really matter. The list is the list. We’ve got 20 and today I’m gonna go through all 20 and then figure out what 10 will likely be shortlisted and probably have a good idea what the final category’s going to be.

So here are the 20 films up for Best Visual Effects this year: (more…)


Oscars 2018: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

Okay, so nine separate shortlists dropped today. So we’re gonna work through them as quickly as possible. Which might mean a few tonight, a few in the morning, it might mean all of them tonight. I guess we’re gonna find out together.

We’re gonna start with the easiest for me to deal with first, and then work toward the more work-intensive ones. Which means we begin with Best Visual Effects. Why? Because we already had a longlist. So we were prepared for this. We had 20, now we have 10. Eventually we’ll have 5. Pretty simple.

Here’s your shortlist for Best Visual Effects: (more…)


Oscars 2018: Best Visual Effects Longlist

They called this the list of “eligibles” but technically every movie is eligible for Visual Effects (even Book Club). This is more the longlist, of the 20 they’re deemed worthy of inclusion.

And then in about two weeks they’ll knock this list down to ten. And from that, five will be nominated.

Pretty efficient system. Generally hard to find fault with their choices. Usually there’s some weird stuff that gets in the final ten, but it’s only like one or two of them, and typically it’s from people who are respected within the branch. But that’s putting Descartes before the horse. And he’s just going, “Is it, though?”

Anyway, here are the 20 eligible films for Best Visual Effects: (more…)


Oscars 2017: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

Remember when, nine days ago, they announced the longlist for this category and everyone called it a shortlist? And then they announced the actual shortlist and everyone said ‘shortlist’ again? That’s how you can tell people have no fucking clue what they’re talking about in relation to the Oscars.

They narrowed the Visual Effects field down to ten contenders today. Five of these will be nominated. In years past, you can usually point out at least four major nominees from the list, and then you can probably cobble together one or two other possibilities for the last spot. It’s generally helpful when they narrow the category down for you beforehand.

Also, for what it’s worth, when I guessed my shortlist, I got 7 out of the 10 right. Which either means I’m really good at what I do or it’s just an easy year to guess. (I think we all know which one it is.) (more…)


Oscars 2017: Best Visual Effects Longlist

Another day, another category gets whittled down.

All the people covering this have called it a shortlist. But it’s not. The shortlist comes later. Unless you’re gonna call the next list with 10 contenders the short(er)list, then you can call it that. This is a longlist. I’m not saying otherwise just for clicks.

But still — they narrowed the Visual Effects field down to 20 films, and pretty soon they’ll narrow it down to 10. So for now, we’ll go over the 20 and then guess which ten they’ll narrow it down to in like three or four weeks.

Here’s your longlist: (more…)


Oscars 2016: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

That was fast. The longlist was announced like two weeks ago. They announced 20, and now have whittled it down to 10.

For the record, when I went over the list and guessed what was gonna be nominated, I picked what I thought the shortlist would be. I got 8 of 10. Yeah, boy!

Here’s your shortlist for Best Visual Effects: (more…)


Oscars 2016: Best Visual Effects Longlist

The Academy announced their longlist for Best Visual Effects. There are 20 films on it. In the next ten to fourteen days, this list will be halved. And then half of that will be your category.

The fun part about a longlist is you can see what films are never going to make it on.

Here are the 20 films “competing” for Best Visual Effects: (more…)


Oscars 2015: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

They announced the Best Visual Effects Shortlist.

I’ve honestly forgotten what the longlist was, so I’m not even gonna bother looking back. This is the new reality. These are the 10 we have to deal with, from which we will get our category.

Ant-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tomorrowland
The Walk (more…)


Oscars 2015: Best Visual Effects Longlist

The Academy announced their longlist for Best Visual Effects. There are 20 films on it. In a few weeks, this list will be narrowed down to 10 films, and then of those 10, 5 will be nominated. So really all there is to do now is speculate about how unlikely a bunch of these movies are to even be shortlisted. Because Terminator? Okay.

Anyway, here’s your longlist:

Ant-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Bridge of Spies
Chappie
Everest
Ex Machina
Furious Seven
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
In the Heart of the Sea
Jupiter Ascending
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The Revenant
Spectre
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Terminator Genisys
Tomorrowland
The Walk (more…)


Oscars 2014: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

Another shortlist. Probably the easiest.

Typically you can guess four of them flat out and the fifth is something that comes out of left field.

It’s your usual cast of characters. I won’t waste time. Here’s your shortlist for Best Visual Effects. I’ll talk about my thoughts below:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Godzilla
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Maleficent
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Oscars 2013 Update: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

This one will be quick. They announced a Visual Effects Shortlist.

Ten films, five will be nominated. Typically you can guess by track record which will be nominated. In this year’s case, we already have one nominations lock, and the winner is already decided. It’s going to be Gravity.

Gravity will be nominated in this category, and it will win it. Because when a Best Picture nominee (and Gravity is the only Best Picture nominee potential on the shortlist… next to The Lone Ranger, of course) is nominated in the Visual Effects category, it doesn’t lose. It has never happened. Ever. Not since the category as we know it came about in 1977. The only time since 1977 that a Best Picture nominee has lost Visual Effects is when it lost to another nominee. And you know how many times that’s happened? Three times. So this one is already decided. Now it’s just a matter of correctly picking the other four nominees.

Here is your shortlist: (more…)