Academy News

10 Live Action Shorts Advance in 2013 Oscar Race
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards.
The Academy Receives Major Gifts from Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received separate $10 million gifts from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
19 Animated Features Submitted for 2013 Oscar Race
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Nineteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards.
10 Animated Shorts Advance in 2013 Oscar Race
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards©. Fifty-six pictures had ...
Academy Tech Council Adds New Members
BEVERLY HILLS — Wendy Aylsworth, Rob Bredow, Douglas Greenfield, Rob Hummel and Bev Pasterczyk have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture ...
Winners Revealed for Academy Nicholl Fellowships
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Four individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.
2013 Finalists Revealed in Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Nine individual screenwriters and one writing team have been selected as finalists for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Their scripts will now be ...
The Academy Creates Branch For Casting Directors
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the creation of the Casting Directors Branch. Casting directors began to be invited to Academy ...
The Academy Selects 2014, 2015 Show Dates
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network have announced the dates for the 86th and 87th Oscar presentations. They will air live on ABC on ...
'Behind the Ballot' Video Series Live on Oscar.com
Academy members break down Oscar categories: Production Design, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Costume Design.
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The Contenders

71st Annual Golden Globe Nominations Revealed
The 71st annual Golden Globes nominations were revealed on December 12, with The Croods, Despicable Me 2, and Frozen making the list for best animated feature film. The Wind Rises, an animated film by ...
Turkey Recipe
Reel FX stuffs its first animated feature film with all the right ingredients.
Making Space
Framestore helps Director Alfonso Cuarón fight zero gravity while achieving his ambitious vision in outer space.
Work to Howl About
MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY — Produced by 20th Century Fox and directed by James Mangold, The Wolverine was filmed in Australia, The Wolverine also undertook a significant portion of its VFX down under.
Creating Monster-Size Effects
MONTREAL — Renowned visual effects production studio Rodeo FX tackled a comprehensive array of creative and technological challenges through its contributions to “Pacific Rim,” marking the company’s ...
Creating Drama for ‘The Lone Ranger’
What would a good western be without trains, barren landscapes, deep canyons, and of course, the “law” chasing after baddies on horseback. For Disney’s The Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp ...
Patriotic Spirit for ‘Iron Man 3’
Luma adds armor, weaponry and environmental effects in the third installment of this popular franchise.
John Toll, ASC Goes Digital for Iron Man 3
Master cinematographer John Toll, ASC recently made his first feature-film foray into digital cinematography on Iron Man 3: Revealing the Mandarin, Marvel Entertainment’s latest installment of the ...
The Gold Standard
Experts in the film industry weigh in on why certain releases may catch the attention of academy voters in the visual effects and animated feature categories.
Anticipating Oscar
Experts in the film industry weigh in on why certain releases may catch the attention of Academy voters in the visual effects and animated feature categories.
Zombie Tsunami
Artists at Cinesite and MPC animate CG zombies for World War Z
Go Large
Industrial Light & Magic artists use CG tools to create battleship-sized creatures for Guillermo del Toro’s film Pacific Rim
Sun Screen
Summer theater heats up with compelling VFX and CGI
A Snail's Race
CG animators at DreamWorks put a speedy snail on the track at the Indy 500.
Stark Realities
Seventeen visual effects studios created iron suits, explosions, glowing bad guys, digital doubles, CG environments, destruction, chaotic battles, and more for Iron Man 3
Epic!
Blue Sky Studios pulls out all the stops to create a rousing animated film set in a fantasy landscape that looks real enough to be someone’s backyard, if that someone were very tiny
Crood Awakening
The latest animated feature film from DreamWorks Animation sends a naïve but energetic family on a survival quest during prehistoric times

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VES News

Autodesk Honors Promising Filmmakers with VES Student Award
7-Feb-2013
"Natalis" from Filmakademie in Germany wins outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project Award.
Life of Pi, Brave Big Winners at VES Awards
6-Feb-2013
At the VES Awards, it is the artists and the artistry, not the movie itself, that garners votes. But having a movie that requires state-of-the-art animation and visual effects is certainly a plus.
VES Nominees Announced
7-Jan-2013
LOS ANGELES — The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the nominees for its 11th Annual VES Awards, which recognize outstanding visual effects artistry in 24 categories of film, animation, ...
VES to Honor Ang Lee with Visionary Award
5-Jan-2013
LOS ANGELES – The Visual Effects Society will honor Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee with the VES Visionary Award at the 11th Annual VES Awards on Tuesday, February 5, at the Beverly Hilton ...
VES To Honor Ang Lee With Visionary Award
4-Jan-2013
LOS ANGELES – The Visual Effects Society (www.visualeffectssociety.com) will honor Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee with its Visionary Award at the 11th Annual VES Awards. The Awards are ...

Other Awards News

41st Annie Award Nominees Revealed
3-Dec-2013
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominations for its 41st Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation.
SAG Honors Top Performances
28-Jan-2013
LOS ANGELES — SAG-AFTRA (sagawards.org) presented its Actor statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2012 at the “19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” ...
Winners Announced in 2013 Golden Globes Race
14-Jan-2013
The Golden Globes, considered the prelude to the Oscars, revealed their winners. Taking top honors for Best Motion Picture – Drama was “Argo,” which is also nominated for Best Picture in the Academy ...
BAFTA Film Nominees Announced
11-Jan-2013
Lincoln tops the list of nominations with 10, followed by Les Misérables and Life of Pi with nine each.
Producers Guild Unveils 2013 Nominees
3-Jan-2013
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced both the motion-picture and long-form television nominations for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. A range of films made the list for the ...
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