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    'Ratatouille' joins Oscar VFX contenders

    Academy picks visual effects films
    15 Oscar contenders to be considered

    By David S. Cohen
    Posted: Sun., Dec. 16, 2007, 10:56am PT

    The Motion Picture Academy’s visual effects branch made an unprecedented statement in support of visual effects in animated films as it narrowed the contenders for the vfx Oscar to 15 films that will be considered for the January “bake-off.”

    The Acad included “Ratatouille” and “Beowulf” over such effects-heavy live-action pics as “Enchanted” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.”

    The entire list of 15, in alphabetical order, is: “Beowulf,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Evan Almighty,” “The Golden Compass,” “Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix,” “I Am Legend,” “Live Free Or Die Hard,” “National Treasure: Book Of Secrets,” “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End,” “Ratatouille,” “Spider-Man 3,” “Sunshine,” “300,” “Transformers,” and “The Water Horse.”

    The Academy instituted the short list this year so that its vfx branch could see all the contending films before selecting the seven that will compete in the bake-off. Three of those seven will receive nominations.

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    Re: 'Ratatouille' joins Oscar VFX contenders

    Seven pics shortlisted for visual effects Oscar

    By Carolyn Giardina
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Jan 5, 2008

    Many visual effects-driven sequels topped last summer's boxoffice, but not all of these successes translated into Oscar interest.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that seven films remain in contention for achievement in visual effects for the 80th Academy Awards. They are: "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Evan Almighty," "The Golden Compass," "I Am Legend," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," "300" and "Transformers."

    "Spider-Man 2" won an Oscar in the category, but this year "Spider-Man 3" failed to make the shortlist. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" also failed to cast its spell on Oscar voters, even though all four previous "Potter" films made the Academy's shortlist in past years.

    The closely watched, performance-capture-based "Beowulf" was passed over this year. Another film under consideration in both the visual effects and animation category, "Ratatouille," did not make the list.

    Members of the Academy's visual effects branch will view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films Jan. 16. After the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration. Nominations will be announced Jan. 22.

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