Another day and another bit of award season news for JJ Abrams Star Trek. Today it was announced that Star Trek is on the final short list of films for a possible Visual Effects Academy Award. Paramount has also started a new online "For Your Consideration Campaign", and finally we have a reminder on the People’s Choice Awards, airing tonight.
Then there were 7 (VFX contenders)
In December the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch released their list of 15 potential nominees for Best Visual Effects. Today they announced the final short list of 7 films, and they are:
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Members have been invited to a special screening on January 21 where they will watch 15-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.
Of course Avatar is the clear favorite to win, but Star Trek is in the running and certainly has a good chance of being one of the nominees. The only other film in the franchise to be nominated for Visual Effects was Star Trek: The Motion Picture for the 1979 awards, but it lost out to Alien.
Paramount begins online ‘For Your Consideration’ Campaign
With all the big guild awards coming up, as well as the Oscar nominations, Paramount is now starting an online campaign. Large animated ads are starting to show up at industry sites (like "AwardsDaily"), all of which point to the Star Trek section of their special website paramountguilds.com.
There is a lot of info on that site for guild and academy members, including a very interesting page of cool before and after images (by rolling over your mouse) of visual effects shots.
One of the many before/after shots from online awards promotion site
People’s Choice Awards Tonight – ST09 up for 5 awards
Tonight the People’s Choice Awards airs on CBS at 9PM. Star Trek is up for four awards:
Breakout Movie Actor (Zachary Quinto & Chris Pine)
Breakout Movie Actress (Zoe Saldana)
You can watch the red carpet and get liveblogging at peopleschoice.com/pca/
Star Trek has done well in some of these popularity contests, like cleaning up at the Scream Awards, but it is hard to see them beating the likes of Twilight and The Hangover at an event like this, but we will see. For what it is worth, Star Trek is ranked #2 amongst the People’s Choice nominees.