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.
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.
Howard Berger and Tami Lane just won the Best Makeup Oscar for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was the lone category Revenge of the Sith was nominated in.
In yet another article about the Oscars, The New York Sun theorizes that both Revenge of the Sith and Sin City were locked out of the visual effects category because of union issues.
There are a couple of other ILM folks up for Oscars, and John Williams has two nominations. I think he has enough to build a house. A house of Oscars.
Only one nom for Revenge of the Sith – Makeup. I can hear the drama brewing now.
Console yourself with Keira Knightley’s nod for Best Actress in Pride and Prejudice.
ETA: John Scalzi has a great post on the nominations.