Fifteen CGI-ridden films from 2010 have been announced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as finalists for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. One of the rule changes announced earlier in the year is this category will have five nominees this year as opposed to the typical three. Before the nominations are announced the Visual Effects branch will convene once more in January and narrow the shortlist down to seven.
There were no surprises on the list with all 10 of my prediction possibilities making the cut with the exception of Skyline, which was ranked at number 9. Although it occasionally happens where a film that was not received well by critics or by the Academy makes it into the final batch of nominations, usually the overall quality of a film correlates with a nomination in this category. With that assumption it should be safe to count The Last Airbender, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice out. Hereafter was nominated because of its opening scene and while it was impressive, it is probably not enough to beat more effects heavy films. Unstoppable and Shutter Island don’t use enough CGI and so they’ll probably miss as well.
That leaves 10 films that are still contenders: Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Clash of the Titans, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, Inception, Iron Man 2, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and Tron Legacy. The definite locks would have to be Inception, Tron Legacy, and Iron Man 2. Only one of the Harry Potter films (Prisoner of Azkaban) has been nominated for the Best Visual Effects Oscar, but with 5 nominations I would be shocked if Deathly Hallows didn’t get in especially with its dazzling opening broomstick battle scene featuring 8 Potters.
That leaves one spot open that will likely be a toss-up between Alice in Wonderland and Clash of the Titans. The former had huge Box Office success and some clever CGI work and the latter’s only good qualities were directly related to its CGI work.
Check out the entire list of 15 below and as always, let me know your thoughts.
Alice in Wonderland
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Clash of the Titans
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Iron Man 2
The Last Airbender
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
The Sorcererâ€™s Apprentice
The nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 25th.