The Visual Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Scienes (yes, you can say it five times fast but can you say it five times fast while eating a pop tart — I think not!) has released a list of the 15 semifinalists for the 2010 Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
And here they are:
- Alice in Wonderland
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- Clash of the Titans
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
- Iron Man 2
- The Last Airbender
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Scott Pilgrim vs the World
- Shutter Island
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
- TRON: Legacy
This list will be narrowed down again to 7 semifinalists and then in February, the actual nominees will be announced.
Looking over this list, there’s a few bright spots. I don’t think anyone’s surprised that Inception made the cut but it’s still good to see it there. I’m also happy to see that there’s at least a chance that Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World might get some love. Same thing with Shutter Island.
As for the rest of the list — well, it’s pretty much what you would expect to see, isn’t it? Clash of the Titans? Really? I have to admit that I don’t remember the film all that well but didn’t the special effects kinda look like …. well, crap? I can only assume that the voters were overwhelmed by the raw charisma of Sam Worthington. Prince of Persia was a little better but still, for the most part, the effects were routine, dull, and predictable. Hereafter featured an impressive tsunami but otherwise, the visual effects were pretty much limited to making the afterlife resemble a poorly lit office of the DMV.
As usual, I guess what’s really interesting about this list isn’t what’s listed as much as what’s not. I would happily replace both Clash of the Titans and Price of Persia with Splice and Skyline, two mediocre films that were distinguished by impressive f/x work.
For that matter, even the Social Network featured Armie Hammer acting opposite himself.
I’m also disappointed to see that Black Swan was left off the list. In typical Darren Aronofsky fashion, they did indeed come close to going over the top. The fact that they didn’t is exactly why they deserve to be honored.
(I found this list of semifinalists on AwardsDaily.com but I’m not including a link because the site is run by an elitist dumbfug who apparently thinks that she’s the end-all/be-all of Oscar commentators. Yes, she’s a commentator and not just some grubby little blogger like the rest of us. Or, as she once put it — “I know the game. Hell, I am the game…” When I call someone a toadsucker, that’s the type of person I’m talking about.)