06 January 2009

Announcement: Finalized Short Lists of Make-Up and Visual Effects Nominees by the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has released its short lists of nominees for its make-up and visual effects categories, to be finalized into the actual nominees on the 22nd. While for the most part the films were to be expected from the Academy, the inclusion of The Reader in the make-up list is a curious one, as AMPAS doesn't usually appreciate subtlety or narrowness of use. Though it's likely to be eliminated come the official nominees' announcement, it's interesting to see it here now. In any case, below are the short lists for each of the two categories:

Make-Up
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
The Reader
Synecdoche, New York
Tropic Thunder
The Wrestler

Visual Effects
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

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