15 Finalists Set for Visual Effects Oscar

‘Hugo’, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, and ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ are among the contenders for the statuette.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is among the 15 finalist for the visual effects Oscar The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected for consideration for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 84th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

In early January, the members of the Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the 15 films, will narrow the list to 10.

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Thursday, January 19. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Captain America: The First Avenger was released July 22nd, 2011.

Hugo was released November 23rd, 2011.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released August 5th, 2011.

Sources: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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  • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

    Lets not ignore MI4 for is special effects, it may not have the best visual effects, but its special effects were incredible, and in the eyes of the academy, they're one and the same.


    • jonspidey07 • 4 years ago

      my top picks are Dark of the Moon, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Sucker Punch, X-Men: First Class, Thor, and Harry Potter and Hugo


      • moviemaniac66 • 4 years ago

        should go to Harryn Potter in my opinion. The VFX were breathtaking in the film. From the giants attacking Hogwarts to Hogwarts itself, I was in awe at how amazing the special effects were. Everything was so clean and detailed and realistic. Hands down, I think that Deathly Hallows Part II deserves this Oscar.


        • darksektor1971 • 4 years ago

          1- Rise of the planet of the Apes.


          3-Sucker Punch.


          5.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2


          • moviegeek • 4 years ago

            I expect to see rise of the prepositional phrases, Harry potter, transformers, Hugo, and the 5th more up in the air. Tree of life maybe.


            • felipe-11 • 4 years ago

              1- Rise of the Apes

              2- Transformers

              3- Thor

              4- Tree of Life

              5- Sucker Punch

              I surprised X-Men even made the list, it had some great VFX shots, but also had some of the most terrible ones of any blockbuster this year.


              • shuabert • 4 years ago

                Apes and Captain America are my top two (pending the ones I haven't yet seen). The facial emotions in Rise of the Apes were motion capture at its finest, and they did an excellent job with the "pre-serum" Steve Rogers in CA:TFA.

                There are a lot of visually-stimulating films in this list, though. I thought Asgard and the Rainbow Bridge were really well done in Thor, and from what I've seen Hugo looks like a visual masterpiece.

                I hope it doesn't go to X-Men or Tree of Life. While I highly enjoyed both films, the visual effects were pretty suspect in moments. BAD CGI dinosaurs were an awkward moment.


                • corey • 4 years ago

                  @kguy VFX were used throughout the entire film. Tree of Life is a visual masterpiece, haha


                  • kguy • 4 years ago

                    My top five:

                    1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

                    2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2

                    3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

                    4. Captain America: The First Avenger

                    5. Super 8

                    And someone tell me when were VFX used on The Tree of Life.


                    • moviefreak97 • 4 years ago

                      I think it should go

                      1.) Rise of the Planet of the Apes

                      2.) Captain America

                      3.) Harry Potter (it should get as many nominations as possible just to earn some recognition)

                      4.) Transformers

                      5.) ? Just about anything else on the list.


                      • JennyL • 4 years ago

                        Rooting for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.


                        • summit10 • 4 years ago

                          Hail Caesar!!! give it to him or the APES will rise :D


                          • diaigma • 4 years ago

                            Man. So hard to narrow it down to just one! :P


                            • redcameraman • 4 years ago

                              My top picks:

                              1. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

                              2. Harry Potter 7 (Part 2)

                              3. Transformers 3

                              4. Captain America

                              5. Thor


                              • narrator • 4 years ago

                                1. Tree of Life: Visually breathtaking.

                                2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: WETA does it again, plain and simple.

                                3. Dark of the Moon: Clocking in at over two hours of constant visuals, combined with the actually bearable use of 3D, it deserves a nom at the least.

                                4. Potter (Same reasoning as @thedude-abides mentioned).


                                • empath86 • 4 years ago

                                  hugo, tree of life, or rise of the planet of the apes. hugo has it iin the bag i'm sure.


                                  • bawnian-dexeus • 4 years ago

                                    My obvious picks:

                                    Apes, Dark of the Moon, Super 8, Tree of Life, and Hugo.

                                    Dunno why Pirates for it didn't dazzle like it's predecessors.


                                    • ROFLitschristian • 4 years ago

                                      I think the top contenders are Apes, Deathly Hallows, Transformers, and Sucker Punch. Tough to say who'll get it though. I predict... uh... Potter.


                                      • 2movieguys • 4 years ago

                                        My picks:

                                        "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

                                        "The Tree of Life" - Visually Overwhelming at itmes!

                                        "Real Steel"

                                        .. "The Muppets" (2011) ...since not on the list ..I will add it!

                                        "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"


                                        • thedude-abides • 4 years ago

                                          Personally, I thought some of the effects in Harry Potter looked like sh*t. I still think it'll be nominated, but there were multiple times when you could see patchiness in the continuity. My picks:

                                          1. Tree of Life

                                          2. Apes

                                          3. Potter

                                          4. Hugo

                                          5. Transformers?


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