I was a bit shocked when I first read the list of seven films nominated for visual effects Oscars. Why? Well, Sin City didn’t make the cut and that is just a blatant oversight. Here is a film shot 100 percent on green screen, and if you don’t believe me buy the latest special edition DVD of the film where it shows the entire movie without any visual effects, a.k.a. The Green Screen Version. What you will see is that without state-of-the-art visual effects Sin City would have been a damned ugly film. So what does the Academy do when it comes to Sin City? Uh… Nothing…
Instead we get the usual suspects as you will see from the list below, and if you ask me Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has no business being in there, neither does Batman Begins, even though it is still the best movie of the year, the effects weren’t exactly Oscar worthy. At least not better than Sin City. Even King Kong had some serious flaws when it came to it’s green screen work, and there it is among the nominees. Yeah, Kong was AMAZING, but aren’t we looking at these movies on a whole?
Check out the list below and make your own assessment. I think you know where I stand.
Ã‚Â· Batman Begins
Ã‚Â· Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Ã‚Â· The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Ã‚Â· Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Ã‚Â· King Kong
Ã‚Â· Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Ã‚Â· War of the Worlds
Fifteen-minute clip reels from each of the seven films will be screened for the Visual Effects Award Nominating Committee on Wednesday, January 25. At this screening the members will vote to nominate three of the seven films for OscarÃ‚Â® consideration.
All nominations for the 78th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at 5:30 a.m. PST, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & HighlandÃ‚Â®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST.