The Oscar nominations have been announced, and the race for best VFX category is heating up

It has been half a year since the Oscars decided to expand the number of VFX Oscar nominees from three to five. The nominations have been announced and we are getting closer to the day that these awards are given out, and the anticipation is building in the industry. I just wanted to share my thoughts from awhile back about the change to this category.

I think it’s a great to have more recognition for the people who work hard at creating these amazing effects for films such as Iron Man 2, Alice In Wonderland, and Inception.

Expanding the category to include 5 films is a wise choice and long overdue. Look at the films that make money these days and you are looking at a long list of blockbusters centered on visual effects.

The use of high end VFX is having a significant impact on the movie industry. People are willing to go to the theater again, because they want to enjoy the full movie going experience. Adding the 3D element along with some really well done VFX, are what a lot of people are going to the movies to see.

Most films have been downloaded or rented in the last couple of years and that is affecting the box office ticket sales. Now, people want to enjoy the whole movie experience in 3D or on an Imax screen and that is bringing people back to the theater.

Also, the VFX artists do not get as much credit as they should, so I am all for having more recognition for them at the Oscars. At Boogie we know how many long nights and how much hard work goes in to creating any VFX or sound mixing project. We hold all of our artists in high regard and it’s nice to see that the Academy, and the film industry in general, is starting to do so as well. Below are the nominees in the sound and VFX categories:

Sound Editing

* “Inception” Richard King
* “Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
* “Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
* “True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
* “Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing

* “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
* “The King’s Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
* “Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
* “The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
* “True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects

* “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
* “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
* “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
* “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
* “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Who do you feel should win these categories? Let us know in our comments box:

Here is a full list of the nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards that are going to be held on February 27, 2011

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