Oscar Visual Effects Short List Includes PACIFIC RIM, OBLIVION, THE HOBBIT, and GRAVITY; MAN OF STEEL Fails to Make the Cut

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The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences has announced its short list for the films that will vie for the Best Visual Effects Oscar.  A total of 10 films will compete in a vfx “bakeoff” in January, where select scenes from each movie are shown to the voting members.  Among the short listed titles are Pacific Rim, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, World War Z, The Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness, and of course Gravity.  Curiously, Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel failed to make the cut, as did Ender’s Game and The Wolverine.  Though critics were mixed on Man of Steel and Ender’s Game, both films showcased some seriously excellent visual effects—especially Ender’s Game—so it’s surprising to see them left off this Oscar short list.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of films that made the cut, and sound off in the comments with which one you think featured the best visual effects of the year. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 1st, 2014. 

hobbit-desolation-of-smaug-ian-mckellen-2Here are the 10 titles that will be competing for a Best Visual Effects Oscar nomination:

Elysium

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Iron Man 3

The Lone Ranger

Oblivion

Star Trek Into Darkness

Thor: The Dark World

Pacific Rim

World War Z 

Which film deserves the trophy?  Which film do you think will take home the award?  Sound off in the comments section below.

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  • herpderp

    How does Lone Ranger beat Man of Steel. The kryptonian liquid metal like visual screens was pretty cool and memorable.

    • Tommy Mårtensson

      Yeah those were awesome, but I did think that the visual effects during the final fight were… lacking. Reminded me of Matrix Revolutions.

      Two disproportionate CGI-puppets bashing each other. I think it looked horrile actually.

      • Saad Ansari

        I agree, there seemed to be inconsistent quality in cgi throughout the movie. I really thought the Smallville fight was amazing, but when Zod and Superman fight at the end with and Zod does the crazy jump climbing on the building something looked off. It looked like they used a lot of motion blur on parts where the cgi looked very unrealisitic.

      • Saad Ansari

        I agree, there seemed to be inconsistent quality in cgi throughout the movie. I really thought the Smallville fight was amazing, but when Zod and Superman fight at the end with and Zod does the crazy jump climbing on the building something looked off. It looked like they used a lot of motion blur on parts where the cgi looked very unrealisitic.

      • mcrit

        There where glaring obvious mistakes in Man of Steel. I remember seeing scenes where one second an area was demolished and then in the next scene there are no buildings or debree or anything.

    • pwnednoob

      Wasn’t Zod’s armor all cgi as well? That alone deserves a nom.

    • Marissa Evans

      To be honest, while some of the effects were incredible, the hand-to-hand combat scenes looked really odd. Like a videogame perhaps. It could just be me, I didn’t like those parts.
      Not to imply they’re terrible! But so many Hollywood movies are coming out that have all these amazing special effects. It’s not like when Lord of the Rings came out and they were groundbreaking.

  • pwnednoob

    I say either Gravity or Pac Rim.

    • $29319547

      Gravity needs the oscar because it had sweet fuck all going for it except for FX.

  • Nick

    This one is already wrapped up. Gravity. No question.

    • Ridge

      they give VFX Oscar to Gravity and don’t give them the Best Motion Picture oscar

  • Jon Boriss

    Gravity no doubt.

  • Klytus

    I say Transformers a lock, I mean who you gonna give it to! Golden compass…..

  • dazzb65

    Pacific Rim for me. Those battle scenes were fantastic. Gravity close second.

  • Armand

    Honestly glad Man of Steel isnt getting nominated, as much as I liked it, the CGI was so obvious during the fights, took me back to Spiderman 2002! Its pretty obvious that this award is gonna between Gravity , the Hobbit, and Pacific Rim, thats it. And Gravity takes it, well deserved win anyway

  • Armand

    Honestly glad Man of Steel isnt getting nominated, as much as I liked it, the CGI was so obvious during the fights, took me back to Spiderman 2002! Its pretty obvious that this award is gonna between Gravity , the Hobbit, and Pacific Rim, thats it. And Gravity takes it, well deserved win anyway

    • hahe71

      The CGI does look pretty bad during the final Superman vs Zod fight. I didn’t notice it on screen but on the bluray it’s obvious. Everything else though looks great. I thought the effects in World War Z were pretty shitty. Doesn’t really matter anyway. Gravity takes it no contest.

      • Marissa Evans

        The only part I was blown away by was that fight where they’re flying through the skies and it has those perspective shots (which honestly I wish constituted half of these superhero movies, it’s an awesome experience on the big screen).

      • Pk

        Yeah the final fight between zod and superman was good but the rest of the fight sequence looked forgettable. My top picks are Elysium,oblivion and gravity

  • http://www.gotham-news.com/ Pietro Filipponi

    Really shocked Gatsby didn’t make the list. The majority of the settings were CG and looked amazing.

    • Marissa Evans

      Say that’s a good point, I’d forgotten about that.

  • Hamish

    Gravity, Elysium, Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Hobbit will be nominated. Obviously, Gravity wins. It’s this years equivalent of Life of Pie: VFX driven character drama.

  • CaptainUnknown

    Pacific Rim Deserves it. Gravity will win it.

    • Johnson

      Gravity deserves and will win it.

  • Hamish

    I smell Pacific Rim being snubbed from the final nominations.

  • Bob

    Gravity
    Elysium
    Pacific Rim
    The Hobbit: TDOS
    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Runner up

    Iron Man 3 or Thor: The Dark World

    And I guess Gravity wins obviously…

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  • Chris

    NOMINEES: GRAVITY, IRON MAN 3, STAR TREK INTO THE DARKNESS, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG AND PACIFIC RIM.
    WIINER: GRAVITY

  • JK1193

    Gravity
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    Oblivion
    Pacific Rim
    Star Trek Into Darkness

  • Idris Elba

    Idris Elba believes Gravity should win the honors even though he was in the film Pacific Rim (which you guys gotta buy on Blu Ray because it’s a beautiful experience) but Gravity was just revolutionary. Pacific Rim comes a close second though.

    • taoisms

      I agree! Gravity will win and should win, but Pacific Rim was excellent across the board.

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  • Travis Gowen

    World War Z, Lone Ranger and Iron Man 3…ladies and gentlemen I give you the Academy Awards.

    • Tommy Mårtensson

      Well Iron Man 3 had fantastic visual effects, no matter what you think ol the movie itself.
      The other two had decent effects but way better than MoS.

      • Travis Gowen

        Personal opinion here, but the effects in Iron Man 3 were good but nothing stellar (the same can be said of WWZ). To each their own, everyone has their own perspective on things.

    • Marissa Evans

      Haha I know. But are you really going to complement Dallas Buyers Club for its special effects? Give these films credit on the one thing they excelled at.

  • Robby Richmond

    Wolverine’s fight on a bullet train. scene of the year, hands down, no comebacks.

  • Marissa Evans

    It’s going to Gravity almost certainly, and I’m sure Pacific Rim will get nominated. I haven’t seen The Hobbit yet, but I hear there’s some outstanding visual effects in it with the barrel sequence and the dragon, so I’d certainly consider that a shoo-in for a nomination at least (if not a win? Not sure).
    The others I’m not certain.

  • Person

    Bummed about MoS being snubbed, but this is Gravity’s to lose. No one else stands a chance (would love to see PacRim pull an upset though).

  • me

    We all know Gravity is going to win this award, but there is a part in everyone that is thinking, oblivion was meh, but the vfx were pretty amazing

  • Strong Enough

    WWZ over MOS? LMAOOOO

  • The Flobbit

    I really want The Hobbit to win, because it will be epic, but Gravity wins this hands down and taped to the table.

  • jarayt

    That list aside from Gravity are below mediocre. It’s an insult to lump Man of Steel in that group.

  • jarayt

    The selected films doesn’t need to have top notch vfx. What made it part of the list is that these movies involved high profile individuals in the movie industry. More like @$$-kissing ;)

  • Eduardo Dino

    PACIFIC RIM

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  • Luek David Grainger

    World War Z not only had shocking VFX but in alot of the scenes they neglected to remove the reference markers (little red stickers for CGI) out of the shots too! Hobbit DoS and The Lone Ranger would have my vote.

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  • Lana

    Pacific Rim really deserves a nomination at least.

  • Dave Netherton

    I think they only usually nominate 3 in this category, not 5 so it will probably be Gravity, Pacific Rim & The Hobbit: Decimation of Smaug…the winner easily going to Gravity

  • Johnson

    My picks and guesses:
    Gravity – deserves to and will win
    Pacific Rim (also by a Mexican director, which is awesome)
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    Star Trek Into Darkness
    World War Z
    The rest don’t deserve squat, but it’s a shame Man of Steel is out.

  • Joseph M

    Gravity deserves the win because the CGI, however brilliant, was always just under the story like a constant companion as opposed to MOS and Pacific Rim where it was all CGI and minimal story development. Plus, Gravity turned the levels up and down, having some FX heavy moments (the debris attacks) before bringing it down a notch to get back to the character(s). By the end of MOS, I felt like I was watching a video game. A cold, sterile experience. Quality, not quantity, should always be the rule.

  • Nomis1700

    Gravity should win. But I just can’t imagine that they chose Thor2 and freaking World War Z over Man of Steel! Crazy

  • João Paulo

    Ender’s Game effects are great, bad move academy.

  • bretthickman

    Man of Steel most likely lost out because of that fight at the end. Gravity is the only choice. Why it deserves to be there by itself and win is because of its simplicity. Now that you can create anything that is out of someone’s imagination to recreate something real without having to be there is the new way to go. Simplicity, not extravagance.

  • Chaz

    Zack Snyder love again. Man of Steel was a decent, but not awesome movie. It was so dependent on visual effects that it undermined what could have been a powerful films based on strong characters and an interesting story. Explosions and an extended battle scene at the end of a movie do not warrant Oscar consideration. Expect more of the same from the embarrassing Superman v. Batman film.

  • milo

    Worrying too much about which made the shortlist or not seems less relevant this year since Gravity has the win locked up. Although I suppose even getting nominated still looks good on a resumé.

  • John

    Obviously going to go to Gravity. Has to be, hands down.

  • John

    Obviously going to go to Gravity. Has to be, hands down.

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  • the specialist

    hobbit the desolation of smaug should win

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