Friday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 films that are on the shortlist for a potential nomination for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 84th Academy Awards with Transformers: Dark of the Moon being one of them. The way it works if from the 15 films (list below), 10 will be selected by members of the Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee. From those 10, all members of the VFX branch will have a chance to watch 10 minute excerpts from each film on January 19th. The members will then vote and choose the five finalists for the category that will be announced on January 24th, 2012. The last step is all members of the Academy (not just the VFX branch) will vote on who will win the award which will be announced on February 26th, 2012.
The first two Transformers films were also on the Oscar shortlist. TF1 made it to the final five but lost to The Golden Compass while TF2 did not make it. Considering the competition, I don't see any reason why Dark of hte Moon should not make it this year but the odds are long as I suspect most voting members will have a "been there, seen that" attitude which doomed Revenge of the Fallen's chances. Either way, congrats and good luck to the VFX crew of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
• Captain America: The First Avenger
• Cowboys & Aliens
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
• Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
• Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
• Real Steel
• Rise of the Planet of the Apes
• Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
• Sucker Punch
• Super 8
• Transformers: Dark of the Moon
• The Tree of Life
• X-Men: First Class