Academy Announces VFX Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has shortlisted 10 movies for VFX Oscar consideration for the 86th Academy Awards, led by Alfonso Cuaron’s blockbuster Gravity and The Desolation of Smaug, the second in Peter Jackson’s popular Hobbit trilogy.

Joining them are Guillermo del Toro’s robot mash-up, Pacific Rim, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, Into Darkness, and three dystopian adventures: Elysium, World War Z , and Oblivion. There was also room for two Marvel superhero stalwarts: Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.

The biggest surprise inclusion? The Lone Ranger flop that nonetheless featured two spectacular train fights. But left out of the running were Ron Howard’s low-budget Rush, which seamlessly integrated archival footage with riveting new racing action (not enough CG?); the under-performing Ender’s Game (whose more conventional zero-gravity paled in comparison to Gravity’s innovative approach); Zack Snyder’s Supeman reboot, Man of Steel (whose powerful fights may have worn out their welcome); and Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful (a mixed bag of tricks?).

The Visual Effects branch, meanwhile, will meet on Jan. 9 at the Academy to narrow the nominees to five for the annual “bakeoff.”

Read the rest at TOH/Indiewire.

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