January 6, 2010

7 Features Continue in VFX Oscar® Race

The Academy press release. Please share your thoughts on the likely nominees, winners, and what you think of the shortlist overall.

7 Features Continue in VFX Oscar® Race

Beverly Hills, CA (January 6, 2010) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 82nd Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • “Avatar”
  • “District 9”
  • “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
  • “Star Trek”
  • “Terminator Salvation”
  • “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
  • “2012”

On Thursday, January 21, all members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


  1. The snub for Where the Wild Things Are is somewhat surprising. The general consensus is that Avatar has won this one. I expect the nominees will be Avatar, Star Trek, and hopefully District 9 (especially if these Best Picture talks turn out to be true).

  2. Myles,
    I think everything you said is right on, although with the sci-fi movies in the race, I'm less surprised by "Where the Wild Things Are" being left out. Interestingly enough, the WETA crew who I believe did most or all of the effects work on "District 9" were also involved (I believe in a minor capacity) on "Avatar".
    Although I believe all three sci-fi movies are currently looking good to get Best Picture nominations, I think if the Academy and the PGA spilt, it'll be over "Star Trek" and "District 9". I think the WGA nominations will clear that up in a big way. The scripter mention for "District 9" I think helps it a bit at this point too.

  3. I was surprised about Wild Things, but we'll see how this shakes out...

  4. I think Avatar will get it.

    Honestly, I think 2012 deserves in. I know it wasn't a great movie, but nonetheless the special effects were fantastic. I've never seen more realistic destruction sequences in my life. That and the fact that there was simply so much of it compared to any previous movie.

    District 9 was the better movie for sure, but I think 2012 had better special effects. And I'd even have to say the same for Transformers 2.

    Though, a point I just thought of as I was typing this...

    Should we be awarding it to the most realistic special effects? Or should we be awarding it to the most well done special effects putting what they had for resources into consideration?