Academy unveils Visual Effects contenders

By December 12, 2009Newswires

Academy unveils Visual Effects contenders
`Avatar,` `District 9,` `2012` among Oscar hopefuls
by David S. Cohen

The Motion Picture Academy released its long list of 15 contenders for the Visual Effects Oscar Friday, and there were some surprises, both in what made it, and what didn`t.

Animated features "Coraline" and "Disney`s A Christmas Carol" are still in the running, but already gone from contention are "The Lovely Bones," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Night at the Museum 2," all of which boasted extensive digital vfx.

The 15 still in the Oscar race are: "Angels & Demons"; "Avatar"; "Coraline"; "Disney`s A Christmas Carol"; "District 9"; "G-Force"; "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"; "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"; "Sherlock Holmes"; "Star Trek"; "Terminator Salvation"; "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"; "2012"; "Watchmen"; "Where the Wild Things Are."

Three of the titles are in stereoscopic 3D (S3D): "Avatar," "Coraline" and "G-Force." The S3D in "Coraline" is likely a factor that helped it beat out titles with more digital vfx.

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