Saturday, December 10, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon on Shortlist for Visual Effects Oscar

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
• Hugo
• 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
• Thor
• Transformers: Dark of the Moon
• The Tree of Life
• X-Men: First Class


  1. Transformers3 doesn't deserve it at all.
    Cowboys & Aliens, Real Steel, Super 8, Sucker Punch all have far better CGI.

  2. HA HA HA HA!!, what the fuck? we have a suckerpunch fan on a Transformers site. Good greif, please keep it to Transformers, I come hear to talk Transformers. If you dont like DOTM fine, tell us why or if you like it tell us why but this site is our santuary , I don't want to hear about other movies on this site, go to the suckerpunch website and express your love. I think its cool that you love other movies but go to those sites and give them support,I hate when people do that, I could give a rats ass about those movies, thats why I come hear to talk Transformers love it or hate it. Fuck those movies.

  3. Martinus Prime12/10/2011 8:09 AM

    A lot of good candidates, DOTM, Super 8, Thor, X-men FC, Rise o/t Planet o/t Apes, Real Steel.
    But I'm afraid that some dumb friggin Oscarfilm like Hugo or The Tree of Life is gonna win it.

    Again fingers crossed that DOTM will win, they have to, bc it's obvious that DOTM has the best VFX hands down!

    Still can't believe TF1 lost to freakin Golden Compass, that movie has bad cgi written all over it in comparison to TF1, unbelievable! TF1 looks way, way better!!

  4. @Martinus Prime: Transformers3 doesn't have the best CGI by ILM at all. ILM just recycled CGI models from previous movies adding absolutely nothing to it. And the CGI work is really lazy they didn't do proper clean up on many scenes this time where a lot of mistakes can be noticed.

  5. @Aredo 12/10/2011... please list all of these mistakes.

  6. I suspect Rise of the Planet of the Apes will win though DOTM is equally as deserving in my opinion...the sheer volume of amazing shots plus the fact that it was rendered in the best 3D I've seen .

  7. @Anonymous 12/10/2011 12:38 PM: that is an anonymous just like you. Are you a little kid going around promoting your flamewars against nicknames you don't like or what?

  8. @Ray: Rise of the Planet of the Apes just plain sucks. Very bad cartoonish CGI.

  9. @ Anon 2:32

    We don't have the same definition for Cartoonish...

    @ Anon 12:38
    I spotted a mistake in the beginning of the movie, Sam is suppose to be carrying Brains but there's nothing in his arms

  10. My pet peeve of DOTM mistakes is the freeway chase scene. But NOT because it recycles some of the chase footage form MB's The Island.
    Actually, it's when one of the three Dreads transforms and hits the freeway sign column over and the signs themselves flip towards the front. But somehow, they are flipped back in time for the next two Dreads to jump them like a ramp and transform into robot form. As the Dreads run along with the camera facing toward them from the front, you can see the freeway signs flipped forward again. @_@

  11. In the final battle scene, at first the bridge is clean of debris, then moments later paper and trash are all over the place, for no reason.

  12. @Mistake-Finders
    You need to get a life dudes.

  13. @Mistake-Finders (Cont.)
    BTW, most of the mistakes are at IMDb -

  14. @Anonymous 12/10/2011 10:16 PM: then a flawed product full of issues caused by lazy employees and no care for quality it's good to pay for to you?

  15. In terms of mistakes it's no contest; according to DOTM had 58 mistakes, ROTF had 166 mistakes and Transformers had 140 mistakes.

    Its up to each individual to judge the quality of any product for themselves; these numbers are anecdotal evidence to suggest improved editing for DOTM and little else

    No movies as large as these will be mistake free, no movie with over 700 VFX shots will be error free.

  16. @Ray: is clearly wrong, they must have been bribed to list so few mistakes on Transformers3 while they listed so many on the first two movies.. the bribes against the first two surely they got from competitors.

  17. @Anonymous 1212/11/2011 4:42
    Would you care to document all of the mistakes you see and post them here? Maybe you do see more than I and others do.

    Post your list and I'll give it a fair look.

  18. Martinus Prime12/12/2011 7:25 PM

    Everbody who is looking for mistakes in a movie is a big loser. Sometimes mistakes can be obvious, but mostly they are not.
    Really, you, and with you I mean the people who brougt you the site, have nothing better to do then look for mistakes??? And made it their jobs?
    Jezus, what a waste of your time and life!! I pitty them.

  19. Rise of the planet of the apes has the best chance imo, theres been heaps of articles on the similarities of stop motion cgi works with avatar.

  20. Martinus Prime, why loser? For some people it is interesting. I don't find mistakes, I just like to watch it, it's just funny and it's all... there are no movies without mistakes, and it is normally.


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