'Man of Steel' Shut Out of the Oscar Visual Effects Race

Friday, 06 December 2013 09:25 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Man of Steel' Shut Out of the Oscar Visual Effects Race

Every year, ten movies compete for visual effects Academy Award nominations via a "bake off," a presentation of scenes and sizzle reels from these VFX-heavy movies to see which five will actually be nominated.

When the next bake off goes down in January, Man of Steel won't be among the movies duking it out for visual effects supremacy.

Even if you found yourself pounded into apathy by the time Supes and Zod started laying waste to Metropolis, you still probably thought the effects of Zack Snyder's Superman reboot were pretty striking.  Zod's armor, for example, is a well-integrated bit of CGI that most audiences never thought of as a visual effect.

But the flying, punching, exploding, collateral damage-causing Man of Steel didn't make the cut of ten films from which the nominees will be chosen.

Instead, the five competing movies will be drawn from this list:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness
Thor: The Dark World
Pacific Rim
World War Z

The smart money is on Gravity, which is certain to receive a nomination.  We conjure it's likely to take home the figurative bacon, as well.  Alfonso Cuaron's unique thriller marries narrative and effects with a rare efficiency, allowing the audience to forget that the vast majority of what's onscreen is, in fact, digital.  Plus, the movie, loved by audiences and critics, has the sort of respectability that causes the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences go all weak at the knees.

That said, everybody at IAR HQ is pulling for Pacific Rim.  And not just because it pits massive mechs against screeching, city-destroying kaiju.  Guillermo del Toro, ILM, and the rest of the filmmakers make both brawlers convincingly huge and weighty, giving Jaegers and Kaiju just the right amount of detail to register as real objects but simple enough to be iconic and comprehensible.

The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air live on March 1, 2014.

But anyway, we want to know what you think.  Which five movies will make the cut?  Which one will win?  Why didn't Man of Steel end up among the movies baking off for Oscar glory? 

Share your thoughts in the comments below, awards prognosticators!

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