The nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards have been announced. Yay!The awards show will be broadcast live on Sunday, Feb 24th on ABC.Let's take this by categories, mainly focusing on animation and vfx.
Best Picture “Argo” “Django Unchained” “Les Miserables” “Life of Pi” “Amour” “Lincoln” “Silver Linings Playbook” “Zero Dark Thirty” “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Life of Pi is expected, and I've already mentioned it twice before so I won't say as much about it this time. Les Miserables was amazing; I cried, everyone cried. I haven't seen Beasts of the Southern Wild yet but I have heard great things about it and this movie is particularly of note due to that a group AAU students worked on the VFX of the movie.
Animated Feature Film “Brave” “Frankenweenie” “ParaNorman” “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” “Wreck-It Ralph”
As unfortunate as it seems, I don't really expect Brave to win as there have been many contention points about the story being somewhat weak. ParaNorman and Wreck-it-Ralph are some great contenders for the award. I'm somewhat disappointed that Rise of the Guardians was not nominated, but I suppose since the list is limited to five and there are already two 3D animated films that picking Frankenweenie would be a more diversified choice, although I found the movie to be somewhat dull.
Short Film – Animated “Adam and Dog” “Fresh Guacamole” “Head over Heels” “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’” “Paperman”
I just went to watch the trailers for Adam and Dog and Head over Heels and they look beautiful and so adorable. As I haven't seen the full short it's somewhat hard to judge though. I think I've only seen Fresh Guacamole and Paperman in full but here I am fully expecting Paperman to take the award. Beautiful story, beautiful art, beautiful music, and particularly the advancement and combination of integrating 2D animation with 3D animation.
Visual Effects “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” “Life of Pi” “Marvel’s The Avengers” “Prometheus” “Snow White and the Huntsman”
I still think that the top two films fighting for the award will be Life of Pi and The Hobbit. It's quite hard to say who will win but I think I would prefer Life of Pi. I had a lot less issues with Life of Pi compared with The Hobbit, particularly at 48fps. I thought the vfx in Life of Pi was more beautiful and used well without a lot of frivolousness.