In response to the late release of some films, the Academy’s Visual Effects Steering Committee has adopted a new procedure, selecting a semi-finalist long, long list of 15 films to be considered prior to determining the seven which make up the “Bakeoff” long list (and from there, the nominees are chosen… still following?)
The new policy allows members to see more of the year’s visual effects stand-outs before determining which films will ultimately be in contention for the Best Visual Effects Oscar.
With five films represented, ILM’s 2007 releases make up a full third of the long list:
VISUAL FX SEMI-FINALIST LIST (In alphabetical order; ILM productions in bold)
The Bourne Ultimatum
Evan Almighty (ILM)
The Golden Compass
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (ILM)
I Am Legend
Live Free or Die Hard
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (ILM)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (ILM)
The Water Horse
On January 3, the Steering Committee will meet again to make an informed decision determining the Bakeoff seven. After this, it is business as usual; On January 16, all members of the Visual Effects branch will meet at the Bakeoff screening in LA to vote on the final three nominees. From there it is off to the Oscars on February 24. Congratulations to all the tireless folks at ILM!