Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Oscar 2008 semifinalists for Visual Effects

The semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 81st Academy Awards have been announced!

The films in alphabetical order:
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The
Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The
Dark Knight, The
Day the Earth Stood Still, The
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Incredible Hulk, The
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The
Quantum of Solace
Spiderwick Chronicles, The

Out of the 15 films on the semifinalist list, we have 5 superhero, 3 adventure, 2 disaster, 2 kid friendly, one action, one odd ball and one epic film. Want to play the match game? No? Okay, I'll break it down for you:

5 superhero: Dark Knight, Hancock, Hellboy II, Hulk, Iron Man
3 adventure: Indiana Jones 4, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, The Mummy 3
2 disaster: Cloverfield, Day the Earth Stood Still
2 kid friendly: Narnia, Spiderwick
1 action: Quantum of Solace
1 odd ball: Benjamin Button
1 epic: Australia

Curious on trending? The past five Oscars for Visual Effects went to:
Golden Compass, The
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
King Kong
Spider-Man 2
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, The

Which film would get your vote?

What happens from here...
In January 2009 the list will be narrowed down to seven.

On January 15, 2009 "all members of the 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" (source)

The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan 22/09 at 5:30am PST/8:30am EST. The awards will be televised February 22/09 on ABC.

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