2013 Oscar Predictions: Short List of 10 Visual Effects Contenders Revealed


Today the Academy announced the ten films in contention for Best Visual Effects at the 2013 Oscar and as a result I have opened up the prediction doors to yet another category in my Oscar Predictions.

Prior to today’s announcement, however, there were six additional films I had listed as potential contenders that didn’t make the list, the most surprising of which was the omission of The Impossible, which has a fantastic tsunami sequence and when you consider Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter was nominated only two years ago for similar effects (though I believe The Impossible does a much better job) I thought for sure it would be included.

I was also surprised not to see Flight on the list as that opening crash sequence is phenomenal and even the making of featurette I previewed earlier was quite impressive.

Also missing is The Hunger Games, Looper, Men in Black III and Wrath of the Titans, but I did also have the ten that eventually made the list, which are featured directly below in the order I’m currently predicting.

  1. Life of Pi
  2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  3. Marvel’s The Avengers
  4. Prometheus
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman
  6. ———–

  7. Cloud Atlas
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man
  9. John Carter
  10. Skyfall
  11. The Dark Knight Rises

Personally I don’t see Life of Pi losing this one and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey would seem to be the largest and most obvious threat. I’m a little torn in those fourth, fifth and sixth slots as I can’t tell what combination of Snow White and the Huntsman, Cloud Atlas or Prometheus I want to go with, but at this point I think Cloud Atlas is the odd man out.

You can comment on my prediction directly below or in the just opened section for this category over in my Oscar predictions.