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.
Revenge of the Sith is a finalist for three Academy Awards: Makeup, Sound Editing and (of course) Visual Effects.
Darth Vader is one of Time magazine’s people who mattered for 2005, the only fictional character on the list.
Natalie Portman? Seriously?