Oscar Predictions

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

Is this 'Life of Pi's category for the taking?

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.

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  • Stiggy

    My predix

    Dark Knight Rises
    Marvel's Avengers
    Hobbit Unexpected Journey
    Skyfall
    Amazing Spiderman

  • Stiggy

    I don't see Life of Pi as a potential nominee. If The Tree of Life couldn't get in last year, how could Life of Pi?

    • http://Smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

      Totally different movies with totally different effects. Plus, the most redeeming aspect of Life of Pi are the beautiful visuals.

    • Susan

      The tiger. It's that simple. Tree of Life was gorgeous, but it's beauty had a wide range of elements. Even casual movie people will recognize the impressive nature of that tiger.

      • Stiggy

        Tree of Life had dinosaurs, and the supposed beginning of evolution, but even that didn't help it get nominated here. As I said as great a movie it probably is, Life of Pi might be a bit too niche to be a contender. In last year terms it's more Tree of Life than Hugo.

        • Susan

          I hear your points, perhaps I poorly made mine.

          Richard Parker, the tiger in Life of Pi, isn't merely part of one specific scene, glorious as it might be. Richard Parker is both a key part of the narrative and on screen for a significant chunk of time. It's a closer comparison to Caesar from Apes last year, or perhaps Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

          Additionally, The Tree of Life, while a critical darling, made under $14 million domestically. Life of Pi has already made over $30 million in just over a week. Obviously, box office isn't everything, but I don't think Life of Pi is quite as niche as Malick.

  • http://Smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    Im going with:

    Life of Pi
    The Hobbit
    The Avengers
    Dark Knight Rises
    Prometheus

  • Winchester

    Personally I felt The Amazing Spider-Man had some of the worst CGI I've seen in a big budget film this year (some parts of the bridge sequence and finale were frankly appalling given the money they had) and I really hope it doesn't get through to finals. It shouldn't even be in contention at all.

    Life of Pi should be a great top contender based on what I've heard but a lot of the rest, while featuring some great effects (Prometheus' visuals were gorgeous) I don't know if any of them really broke a lot of new ground.

    I can see TDKR and Avengers being finalists, maybe Prometheus as well. But I would expect The Hobbit to be a lock.

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      I agree with you about The Amazing Spider-Man. The Lizard looked horrendous, like the Goombas from Super Mario Brothers.

  • Dan

    Sorry Brad. 1. Life of Pi 2. The Hobbit 3. The Avengers 4. The Dark Knight Rises 5. Skyfall

    John Carter, Prometheus, Snow White, Cloud Atlas, and Spider Man all got either poor reviews (JC and SW) or decidedly mixed ones. Additionally, with the exception of Prometheus and Spider Man, the rest bombed or underperformed at the box office. Excluding the Hobbit (still unseen), all of the ones I've mentioned have done gangbusters and received excellent reviews.

    • Susan

      The point about good critical reviews is moot. This category is heavy on the quality of effects alone. Just look at Real Steel's nom last year, or the ones for all three Transformers pics.

      I'm not saying you're picks are wrong, but I don't see Prometheus getting dropped from the top five for mixed reviews per se.

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    I agree with you, Brad, but I am pretty stoked that Cloud Atlas should and will garner a nod. Probably instead of Snow White and the Huntsman, which has impressive, but mildly underwhelming effects.

  • Spencer H.

    Here's my predictions:

    Marvel's The Avengers
    John Carter
    Life of Pi
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    Cloud Atlas

    The reason I put down "John Carter" is because it was my all-time favorite movie I've seen all year until "The Dark Knight Rises", and the visual effects in the movie are incredible, fantastic, and so real! I don't know why everyone's overlooking this? If it's do with the film's poor reception at the box office, that's a poor excuse. You can't judge a movie if you haven't seen it yet.

    • Spencer H.

      Although I'd very much like to see Prometheus to get nominated, but I don't see The Dark Knight Rises getting nominated. And I thought that Flight would have a chance on getting nominated.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    Cloud Atlas
    The Dark Knight Rises
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    Marvel's The Avengers
    Life of Pi

  • http://cinemaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    Scott Feinberg from Hollywood Reporter had predicted the snubbing of The Impossible long back as he believed since the film didn't use CGI, there was no scope of it being nominated for a category that rewards best CGI work.

  • FUTURE SPIELBERG

    1. Life of Pi
    2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    3. The Avengers
    4. The Dark Knight Rises
    5. Prometheus

  • SP1234

    Another snub, although some will argue with me on this, the effects/makeup work on Eva Green at the end of Dark Shadows, where her witch character is decomposing with cracks everywhere, I thought was absolutely incredible. It reminded me of when Death Becomes Her won the Effects Oscar for the makeup work on Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn. Big snub in my book.

    Cloud Atlas for the win!

    • drew sandoval

      Good call on Dark Shadows. That cracking effect was pretty dern awesome.

  • The New Guy

    1. Life of Pi
    2. The Hobbit, Part 1 of 4673465825439206965836835738549825952
    3. The Avengers
    4. Cloud Atlas
    5. Prometheus

  • Farzan Sewani

    Brad I must agree completely, it's gotta be Life of Pi.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Grissom/ Grissom

    I don't know, i would swap Snow White out for Cloud Atlas.

  • Curtis

    I feel that Life of Pi is going to win, but, since I felt that the film as a whole took entirely too long to kick into the actual story and since I loved LOTR, I'm dying to see The Hobbit take this Oscar and continue Peter Jackson's streak with his Middle-Earth films. Also, I don't see TDKR or Skyfall being the bottom two contenders, they were both stunning. The Dark Knight got a nomination and TDKR had better effects, so I think it has a good shot and getting a nomination. That said, here are my predictions:

    1. Life of Pi
    2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    3. The Avengers
    4. Prometheus
    5. The Dark Knight Rises

    Alternates:

    6. Cloud Atlas
    7. Skyfall
    8. The Amazing Spider-Man
    9. John Carter
    10. Snow White and the Huntsman

    Cloud Atlas at No. 6 is just a guess since I haven't seen it and probably won't and, since so many superhero films have been snubbed in the past except for Batman and others I may not be thinking of, I wouldn't consider Spider-Man to get in. And, I will say this right now, Snow White will not be nominated both because of the visuals of the other films and because most of the other films, with the exception of John Carter and maybe Prometheus, were simply much better films.