1. 'Quantum of Solace' Is Semifinalist For Visual Effects Oscar Nomination

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-12-12
    'Quantum of Solace'

    Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace has made the shortlist of films in contention to receive an Academy Award nomination in the Visual Effects category.

    The 22nd James Bond film competes against 14 other films that also made this semifinal round. January will see the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee narrow this list down to seven films and the final nominations will be announced on Thursday, 22 January 2009. The ceremony for the 81st Academy Awards is scheduled for Sunday, 22 February 2009.

    Kevin Tod Haug, who had worked with director Marc Forster several times in the past, was the credited visual effects designer on Quantum of Solace.

    The full list of films and press release follows below:

    15 in Running for
    2008 Visual Effects Oscar®

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films were selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 81st Academy Awards®.

    The films are listed below in alphabetical order:


    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian


    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Dark Knight

    The Day the Earth Stood Still


    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    The Incredible Hulk

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Iron Man

    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    Quantum of Solace

    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    In early January, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who voted the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven.

    On Thursday, January 15, all members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

    The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

    Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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