Monday, April 19, 2010

One Category at a Time: Best Visual Effects

This is often one of the easier races to anticipate at the start of the year, although I daresay that picking a winner next year may not be so easy, as there doesn't appear to be any groundbreaking innovations on the horizon. Here's a quick rundown of what I do see:

The most likely pick at this point is probably Iron Man 2. The first film was universally enjoyed by critics and audiences alike, and the effects were topnotch. If this next Iron Man is anywhere near as good, then it would make sense to see it get a nomination for its effects once again.

At last we get a year without Pirates (Disney will drop the fourth one on us next year), but instead we get Jake Gyllenhaal in The Prince of Persia, which looks effects-heavy indeed. Disney will also be hocking Tron: Legacy and The Sorcerer's Apprentice for Best Visual Effects. Perhaps Paramount's The Last Airbender can push through, or 20th Century Fox's third Narnia installment, Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Finally, Warner Brothers will make a play at the category with Inception and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. I doubt the latter will prevail, seeings as only one of the six Potter films have managed a citation for their effects. The former, on the other hand, includes Chris Corbould and Paul J. Franklin as fx supervisors, both of whom were nominated in 2009 for their excellent work on Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.

Predicted 3:
Iron Man 2
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Also consider: Paul Franklin et al for Harry Potter, Mark Breakspear et al for The Last Airbender, John Bair et al for Salt, John Frazier et al for The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Eric Barba et al for Tron: Legacy, Brian Cox et al for Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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