Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 15 semifinalists in the race to receive best visual effects Oscar nominations. Yesterday, they announced that they were down to 7 finalists. This year, 5 films will recieve nominations. That's good because in many years there are only three nominees.
Which films will be left out? I'm not sure, but I think Alice in Wonderland and Inception are locks. Now, here's the press release:
7 Features In 2010 VFX Oscar® Race
Beverly Hills, CA (January 5, 2011) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 83rd Academy Awards®.
The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Iron Man 2”
“Scott Pilgrim vs the World”
All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 20. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.
The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, 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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