Bill Desowitz reports from the Academy’s Visual Effects bake-off. He predicts the same films he thought would be nominated prior to the bake-off, “Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Avengers, and The Dark Knight Rises … with Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man, or even Skyfall grabbing the final spot.” He doesn’t mention Cloud Atlas, even though the reel they showed was among the most dazzling effects of the year. These are all really strong contenders, however. Desowitz reports:
The five-minute presentations were informative and often humorous while the 10-minute reels fairly effectively showed off the eye candy. The work was consistently good throughout, mixing old and new techniques in a naturalistic way. Everything was screened digitally except for The Dark Knight Rises (the lone film holdout) and there was also the first-time bakeoff demo of higher frame rate, which went smoothly.