Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® were announced this morning by the show’s host, Seth MacFarlane, and actress Emma Stone. The nomination announcement is always done very early in the morning in Los Angeles to air live during the East Coast morning shows.
The films eligible for the Visual Effects category, showcased at the Visual Effects Bake-Off were:
Life of Pi, Marvel’s The Avengers, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Amazing Spider-Man, Cloud Atlas, John Carter and Prometheus.
In the category Achievement in Visual Effects, the nominees are:
Life of Pi
Erik-Jan De Boer
Donald R. Elliott
Marvel’s The Avengers
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
R. Christopher White
Snow White and the Huntsman
Life of Pi received 11 nominations, only Lincoln had more with 12. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had three nominations, Snow White and the Huntsman received two. The visual effects nomination was the only nomination for the rest of the films.
The Hollywood Reporter has a great analysis in an article titled: Oscar Nominations By the Numbers: Fun Facts, Shocking Stats that points out that Life of Pi becomes only the fourth film to score Oscar nominations in all seven technical Oscar categories – best cinematography, film editing, best original score, best sound editing, best sound mixing and best visual effects. Last year’s winner Hugo was the most recent film to be nominated in all seven categories, before that it was Titanic (1997) and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2002).
Life of Pi
Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Sam Fell and Chris Butler
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
A complete list of nominees can be found: oscar.go.com/nominees
The Academy also recently announced that visual effects supervisor and director of photography Bill Taylor has been voted the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Named in honor of the late director of special projects at Warner Hollywood Studios, the John A. Bonner Medal is awarded for “outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.” The award – a medallion – will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on Saturday, February 9, at The Beverly Hills Hotel.