Oscar VFX shortlist sad and wrong!!!

by Eric Melin on January 6, 2009

in Blogs

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the seven films that have been shortlisted and still have a shot for the Oscar for best visual effects.

speed racer movie“Australia”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
“Iron Man”
“Journey to the Center of the Earth”
“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”

And of course, the one movie that every effects house in town worked on was left off the list, probably because it was too silly and its colors were too bright and it’s edits were too fast. I didn’t expect “Speed Racer” to get any other nods, but considering that the VFX artists basically became virtual cinematographers, this is soooooooo damned lame. To read more about why this is so wrong, read my SIGGRAPH 2008 blog from L.A., written after a panel featuring talented artists from BUF, Digital Domain, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Industrial Light & Magic.

Also, “Mummy” and “Australia” over “Cloverfield”? Sad and wrong.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Eric Melin January 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm

seriously.

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2 Eric Melin January 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm

seriously.

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3 RCM January 6, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Bullshit, total bullshit. It’s just sad actually.

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4 RCM January 6, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Bullshit, total bullshit. It’s just sad actually.

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5 Troy January 7, 2009 at 10:16 am

Did they even watch Speed Racer? Poor poor list.

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6 Troy January 7, 2009 at 10:16 am

Did they even watch Speed Racer? Poor poor list.

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7 Clark January 21, 2009 at 6:46 am

The Mummy?
Wow, people at the Academy are CRAZY!
That’s why I don’t believe in Oscars!

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8 Clark January 21, 2009 at 6:46 am

The Mummy?
Wow, people at the Academy are CRAZY!
That’s why I don’t believe in Oscars!

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