1. 'Quantum' Fails To Make Oscar Cut For Visual Effects Nomination

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-01-07

    In mid-December, reported that Quantum of Solace had made the shortlist of films in contention to receive an Academy Award nomination in the Visual Effects category.

    'Quantum of Solace'

    Quantum of Solace

    Unfortunately, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, the 22nd James Bond film was knocked out of the competition today after the first round of cuts were made.

    Quantum was among the eight films cut from the standings after the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee narrowed the original list of 15 films down to seven. The remaining films include:

    • Australia
    • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    • The Dark Knight
    • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
    • Iron Man
    • Journey to the Center of the Earth
    • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    The list will be narrowed down further on Thursday, 15 January when all members of the 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.

    Final nominations will be announced on Thursday, 22 January 2009. The ceremony for the 81st Academy Awards is scheduled for Sunday, 22 February 2009.

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