The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the final 15 contenders for the 2010 Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Only seven will make the next cut at which point the members of the visual effects branch will watch 15 minute clip reels from those seven films and select the final five nominees. There are a few surprises specifically Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Shutter Island and of course one ridiculous pick, that being Hereafter. If I had to take a guess of who the final five will be, I would have to say, Harry Potter, Tron Legacy, Iron Man 2, Inception and yes Scott Pilgrim because the Academy will want to reach out to a younger audience to increase ratings.
Here are the fifteen films that are still in the running for a nomination, which will be handed out on January 25.
Alice in Wonderland
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Clash of the Titans
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Iron Man 2
The Last Airbender
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice