The Golden Compass took the VFX Oscar. Sorry, ILM. Needless to say, that was pretty much the only genre win of the night, but you can check out the rest of the winners at Oscar.com.
Harrison Ford is among the stars that Barbara Walters will talk to on her Oscar Special. Expect lots of questions on Indiana Jones. The Barbara Walters Special will air February 24th at 7pm Eastern, just before the Oscars. (West Coast viewers can catch it after the show.)
UPDATE 02/25: Video is here.
- Leia abandons Padme and Chewie! Luckily, zookeepers stepped in to save the pair of critically endangered tamarin monkeys babies.
- Geek Gestalt celebrates ILM and Skywalker Sound’s Oscar noms, while StarWars.com has quotes and the complete lineup.
- Homeland Security channels the Death Star with a military grade throwable digital camera.
- Cleveland firm restores stained glass at Skywalker Ranch.
Anyway, some surprises. The one that knocked me over was Johnny Depp and Viggo Mortensen both up for Best Actor (For Sweeney Todd and Eastern Promises, respectively.) Cate Blanchett is up for both Actress categories for The Golden Age and I’m Not There. In Animated Feature, Ratatouille and Persepolis are going head to head.
As for actual genre releases, The Golden Compass is up for Art Direction, as well as battling ILM’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Transformers for Visual Effects. Transformers also got a Sound Editing nod, while At World’s End is up for Makeup.
The familiar hand of Drew Struzan (and son) is at work on the poster for the 80th annual Academy Awards poster. In other Oscar news, the show may be picketed if an agreement isn’t reached by February 24.
- Justice League is down for the count. Shocking.
- Bags and Boards: Comic-Con is safe.
- First Star Trek picture, the official site is live and there are reports that the teaser trailer will be with Cloverfield.
- On that note, where not to go for Star Trek rumors. Aww. I just got a little homesick for the runup to TPM. Remember ‘The Illustrated Edition?’ Good times.
- Cloverfield comes out this week: It’s doing 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, not too shabby for a movie that may very well be 2008’s Snakes on a Plane.
- James Masters, still kinda nuts: “Oh, Dragonball is the coolest television cartoon in the last 50, 000 years.” Can’t… Keep… Straight… Face…
Three ILM films are finalists for the VFX Oscar nomination: Evan Almighty, Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Five of their films made the preliminary list.
The Academy also gave out their science and technical awards Friday, with Nick Rasmussen, Ron Fedkiw and Frank Losasso Petterson honored with a plaque for their development work on ILM’s fluid simulation system.
No surprise here: Five ILM films are on the preliminary list for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. The list of 15 will be narrowed down to 8 finalists, and from there to the 3 Oscar nominees.
It’s official: Jon Stewart is hosting the 80th annual Academy Awards.
The Academy is expected to announce today that Jon Stewart will host the Oscars again. That means I might actually watch them!
Variety (via Hyperspace) reports that Casino Royale, Eragon, Night at the Museum, X-Men: The Last Stand, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Poseidon and Superman Returns are finalists for the three visual effects Oscar nominee spots. ILM worked on Pirates, Posidon, and Eragon.