The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 82nd Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
“District 9”
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“Star Trek”
“Terminator Salvation”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

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On Thursday, January 21, all members of the Academy’s 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.

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.

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24 Responses to Oscar VFX Short list Announced

  1. Avatar!!

    Posted by Jose Herrera on
  2. A V A T A R !!!


    Posted by Ton on
  3. Final 3 nominees:
    District 9
    Star Trek

    HAS to be Avatar!

    Posted by Jeff Saltzman on
  4. 2012 can kiss my ass. . . That is all I have to say. I couldn’t even find that interesting from a vfx standpoint.

    Posted by Andrew Hake on
  5. Why bother, really. It’s done and dusted for Avatar – by far the best Mocap and virtual camera ever produced. Though 2012 was much better than I expected it to be. Just don’t watch it without at least a drink or two beforehand. Star Trek gets the Million Lens Flares Award, District 9 gets Finally An Original Story.

    Posted by Looping on
    • I have to correct you there, TECHNICALLY District 9 isn’t an ‘Original Story’ as it is a remake of a short film called “Alive in JoBurg”…

      ….just saying 😉

      Posted by Matt Carter on
  6. the list should just be:





    Posted by dave on
  7. Avatar ..has to be

    Posted by chris on
  8. I’ll let you guys finish but Avatar was one of the greatest movies of all time!

    Posted by Kanye West on
    • haha! made me laugh.

      Couldn’t agree more though, Avatar blew me away.

      Posted by oskar on
    • vfx yes, but as a movie? you must be kidding!


      Posted by -k on
    • You have been kidding with avatar of best movie of all time 😀 😀 😀 😀 it’s so ridiculous, 😀 movie with Pocahontas scenario? 😀 😀 😀 😀
      even Harry poter is better than Avatar 😀
      PS: sorry for my bad english, and have a nice day

      Posted by tashkas on
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  10. should be District 9: proved that you can do an absolute amazing VFX film from a low budget. Avatar proved nothing just that lot of money = lot of good visuals thanks to a lot of professionals.

    Posted by RRomeo on
    • No, Avatar had a lot of breakthroughs. Stereoscopic 3D, CG characters who are utterly realistic and well-captured, terribly huge CG environments, and more. It’s true that ‘District 9’ looks awesome for a $30m film but you must give the props to Blomkamp who’s a former VFX artist.

      Posted by Shletten on
  11. I enjoyed Avatar but District 9 felt more real. Avatar wasn’t as groundbreaking as I expected it to be and it looked like a cartoon. The characters in District 9 had to be integrated into cinema verit

    Posted by Eugene Lehnert on
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  13. Too much fully CG work could also count against Avatar too. It veers very close to being classified as an ‘animated’ film rather than a live action piece.

    Final three to be:

    District 9

    Unless ILM work some whoodoo…..

    Posted by majik on
  14. I think people tend to forget, that the category does not count for best story AND VFX, but just for the VFX.

    Avatar: Extremely disappointing as a movie, but if there was a category for best visual effects of the century, then Avatar would surely win.

    2012: The level of detail in many of those shots is a amazing. Like Avatar the VFX are all about horse power and how many particles and polygons you can have in a scene!

    Transformers 2: It is insane, what ILM can manage in a year, but this has got to be the largest project they have ever handled! Besides, the Academy needs to compensate for the terrible crime of rewarding Golden Compass the Oscar in 2007!

    Posted by Thomsen on
  15. For me, the best nominees are :

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    The nominees for ves awards is horribles!

    Posted by Matheus Mota on
  16. Final three:

    AVATAR (best single effect: Neytiri drinking from the plant)
    TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (best single effect: Devastator sucking sand)
    HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (best single effect: Dumbledore’s firestorm)

    That’s what I think. But you can also consider:

    2012 (best single effect: escape from L.A.)
    STAR TREK (best single effect: the opening war scene)

    Posted by Nick on
  17. No doubt, technology nowadays reveals astonishing effects and all entries show, compared to movies a few years ago, a clear development. Unfortunately they battle against a milestone in development: AVATAR.

    Posted by Markus from Germany on
  18. What’s so frustrating about “2012” is that it could have been a great action movie. If the special effects team can do their jobs, certainly better writers could have been hired. But no. Just try finding a surprise.

    Posted by Adrian Canary on

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