Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Special Effects Race

In honor of the the VES.

  • Supporting VFX in a live-action feature: Hugo
  • Supporting VFX in an animated feature: Rango
  • Supporting VFX in a broadcast program: Game of Thrones
  • Virtual cinematography in a live-action feature: Hugo
  • Virtual cinematography in an animated feature: Rango
  • VFX in a broadcast series: Terra Nova – Occupation & Resistance
  • VFX in a broadcast miniseries, movie or special: Inside the Human Body
  • Animated character in an animated feature: Rango
  • Animated character in live-action feature: Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Animated character in broadcast program or commercial: Canal + The Bear

  • Models in a feature film: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Models in broadcast program: Boardwalk Empire – Georgia Peaches
  • Compositing in a feature: Captain America – Skinny Steve
  • Compositing in a broadcast program: Boardwalk Empire – Gimcrack and Bunkum
  • Created environment in a live-action feature: Transformers: Dark of the Moon – 155 Wacker Drive
  • Created environment for an animated feature: Rango – Main Street Dirt
  • Created environment in a broadcast program: Game of Thrones – The Icewall
  • VFX in a live-action commercial: Dior J’adore
It's time to looks at the Visual effects race which is probably a much closer race than people think.

Best Visual Effects
What Will Win: Rise of the Planet of The Apes definitely is the favorite here having some groundbreaking special effects with the motion captured apes . It also helps that due to the amount of people campaigning for Andy Serkis for an best supporting(should have been a lead) actor nod the academy could considered this category a way to award him. Summer blockbuster has done well in this category.

What Could Win: The race for the dark horse in this race could between Hugo and Harry Potter both with equal chances at upsetting Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But due to Hugo status as a possible best picture upser and great showing at the VES I'm going to have to give it to Hugo.  This really if the academy decides to view the 3-D in Hugo in the cinematography,editing or visual effects category. However there is still some very good special effects in this movie even without the 3-D . The academy loves to give a movie high in the best picture standing. As shown by the Tintin snub the academy doesn't like (or afraid of) motion capture.

Dark Horse: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows could take this if the academy decides to reward them for there amazing box office an long influential franchise. The best special effects every in the series.  But it's does has a deciding lack of nomination. If the academy hasn't rewarded them before there no reason to think they would reward them now.

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