Visual Effects Narrows Down to Ten

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During the debacle of the site being down, I didn’t get a chance to weigh in on the Visual Effects that were narrowed down to ten films.  The ten films still in contention for the Visual Effects Oscar are:

  • “The Amazing Spider-Man”
  • “Cloud Atlas”
  • “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
  • “John Carter”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Marvel’s The Avengers”
  • “Prometheus”
  • “Skyfall”
  • “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Looking at the list, I’m not surprised the travesty that is John Carter is still in the running but my mouth dropped when J.A. Bayona’s The Impossible didn’t make the cut.  Those tsunami scenes are harrowing and since Clint Eastwood’s trainwreck Hereafter made the Oscar ceremony, this omission stings.

I’ve been reluctant to embrace the idea of the branch going for Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth again but with those ten, it seems all but locked up.  Life of Pi and The Avengers are too also safe bets.  At this writing juncture, I suspect Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas should fit in nicely among the few with possibly John Carter rounding it out.

Which five films do you suspect will make the cut?