10 Contenders Remain in VFX Oscar Race

10 Contenders Remain in VFX Oscar Race

We are moving into the awards season and the race for Oscar nominations is well underway across the variety of different categories. We recently received word that there are currently still no less than 10 contenders fighting it out for inclusion in the final 5 films which will be nominated for an Oscar in the field of visual effects.

Have a look at the attached press release directly from the academy and let us know your thoughts on which films should make it into the final nominations for best visual effects!

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  – “Captain America: The First Avenger”
  – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
  – “Hugo”
  – “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
  – “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
  – “Real Steel”
  – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
  – “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
  – “The Tree of Life”
  – “X-Men: First Class”

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, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 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 225 countries worldwide.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the
annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide
range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves,
restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history.
Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians,
the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.