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.

Life of Pi

Bill Westenhofer
Guillaume Rocheron
Erik-Jan De Boer
Donald R. Elliott
• See fxguide's coverage of Life of Pi.

The Avengers.

Marvel’s The Avengers

Janek Sirrs
Jeff White
Guy Williams
Dan Sudick
• Read fxguide's coverage of The Avengers.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Joe Letteri
Eric Saindon
David Clayton
R. Christopher White
• Read fxguide's Hobbit coverage.

Snow White and the Huntsman.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Philip Brennan
Neil Corbould
Michael Dawson
• Read our Snow White and the Huntsman coverage.



Richard Stammers
Trevor Wood
Charley Henley
Martin Hill
• See our Prometheus coverage.

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).


Anna Karenina
Seamus McGarvey

Django Unchained
Robert Richardson

Life of Pi
Claudio Miranda

Janusz Kaminski

Roger Deakins

Animated Feature

Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Tim Burton

Sam Fell and Chris Butler

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Peter Lord

Wreck-It Ralph
Rich Moore

A complete list of nominees can be found:

Bill Taylor

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.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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