The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 82nd Academy Awards®.

In early January the Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee will narrow this list to seven films, which will compete in the “Bake-Off”, after which three films will be nominated. Congratulations to all the selected films, 2009 has sure been a memorable year in visual effects.

The list and details after the read more:

The 15 eligible films are listed below in alphabetical order:

– Angels & Demons
– Avatar
– Coraline
– Disney’s A Christmas Carol
– District 9
– G-Force
– G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
– Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
– Sherlock Holmes
– Star Trek
– Terminator Salvation
– Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
– 2012
– Watchmen
– Where the Wild Things Are

In early January, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven.

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 21. 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.

19 thoughts on “15 films selected for Visual Effects Oscar”

        1. I think it is a mistake to assume that visual effects are only utilized in live action scenarios. The perception that everything is done “in render” on a CG film could not be further from the truth.

  1. Haven’t seen Avatar yet, but District 9 was a visual masterpiece. The creatures were so real and you felt for them. And then there’s Star Trek – very nice.

  2. I think VFX of all these films are great. Many months of hard work with the highest level professionals working on every single shot. They all have won our respect. Thank all the people involve on VFX of these films.

    Well, I can’t resist to bet ^_^ I love James Cameron’s films and I’m sure that Avatar will be a never-seen before VFXs! Stereoscopy matters!

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  4. … woow … it’s going to br big fight this year!!! toughest in last ten years :))
    IMHO only Coraline and angels and demons are outsiders (haven;t seen xmass carol, Sherlock and wild things thou, so can’t comment on them)

  5. Well it is a (very) hard one …

    2012, District 9 and Avatar are the top … thou I can’t comment on Christmas Carol and Sherlock which I haven’t seen yet.

  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a sure win! the film is well-polished hence, the visual effects were naturally in place and blends with the tone of the story. It has Style and Substance compared to other competitors. Pure Magic at its best!

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