The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced earlier today their shortlisted 15 films selected for consideration for the Achievement in Visual Effects award category.
While there's likely to be a high degree of agreement with the films selected, it goes to show how big the market for VFX excellence in (major big budget) films are at the moment. As the industry moves towards the latest hype in 3D, there's possibly a trend of more VFX designed to exploit the third dimension. It's good to see films only released in 2D such as Real Steel and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol nominated against the the other major 3D blockbusters.
I may be rooting for a selective few titles, I cannot in good faith make an informed decision as I've yet to see some of the films.
Also of note is "The Tree of Life", which stood out distinctly as the non blockbuster. It might be an early notion by the Academy of this year's major nominations to come.
The complete listing is as follow:
Captain America: The First Avenger
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class
The list above will be further reduced to 10 in early January before the official announcement of the 84th Academy Awards nominations on January 24.
What do you make of the list above?