The award season continues to ramp up and today Star Trek got another (albeit expected) accolade by making the short list for the Oscar for best visual effects. But early reaction says that Trek is not the favorite. Also, Star Trek actors picked up a couple of nods from another critics group.
Star Trek FX on the short list – but can anyone beat Avatar?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the 15 films on the short list for the Achievement in Visual Effects award for the 82nd Academy Awards. The final nominees will be drawn from these semi-finalists. And the list is:
- "Angels & Demons"
- "Disney’s A Christmas Carol"
- "District 9"
- "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
- "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
- "Sherlock Holmes"
- "Star Trek"
- "Terminator Salvation"
- "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
- "Where the Wild Things Are"
It is no surprise that Star Trek is on the list as it was one of the big ILM movies for the year. And given the competition, Star Trek has a good chance of being one of the final nominees. However, now that James Cameron’s ‘game changing’ Avatar is out, touting ‘breakthroughs’ in CGI and motion capture, it seems to be the early favorite. The LA Times ‘Envelope Blog‘ notes:
Given the overwhelmingly positive response to the motion-capture wonderland that is James Cameron’s “Avatar,” does any other film have a chance in that category this year?
And The Wraps ‘The Odds‘ Awards blog had this to say:
But getting onto the shortlist is only the first of four steps in one of the more complicated Oscar processes — and this year, that process is almost certainly a doomed quest for everything except “Avatar.”
Can Star Trek’s FX beat out Avatar?
Mindel talks Star Trek Cinematography and VFX
In one of those end of the year wrapup articles, Variety takes a look at some of the directors for photography being talked up for awards, including Star Trek’s Daniel Mindel. According to the DP, 60% of the shots in the film involved some form of CGI. Mindel notes:
There’s nothing worse than watching a movie where the CGI stands out so much that it looks artificial
And regarding his relationship with VFX Supervisor Roger Guyett, Mindel tells Variety:
We had a symbiotic relationship that enabled me to give him exactly what he needed so he could give us back effects that were just right
Before and After Star Trek FX shots show the integration of CGI and live action
Trek gets two nominations from Detroit Film Critics
The Detroit Film Critics will be announcing their awards next week and announced their nominees today. Star Trek got a couple of acting nods, one for Best Ensemble and one for Breakout Performance by Chris Pine.
As noted in the last Award Buzz column, a number of season announcements are coming up in the next week. TrekMovie will keep updating new developments as we delve deeper into the season.