December 22, 2003
I'd like to thank the Academy....

....for getting all of that crack off of the streets, as you're obviously smoking it...

Academy Announces Films in Competition for Visual Effects Oscar

Beverly Hills, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films being considered for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 76th Academy Awards.

The films in consideration are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • The Hulk
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Peter Pan
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • X2

Fifteen-minute clip reels from each of the seven films will be screened for the Visual Effects Award Nominating Committee on January 21. The members will then nominate three of these seven films for Oscar consideration.

The finalists will be announced along with nominations in 23 other categories on Tuesday, January 27, at 5:30 a.m. PST.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2003 will be presented on Sunday, February 29, 2004, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST, beginning with a half-hour arrival segment.

The Hulk?
The fucking Hulk gets Oscar consideration and neither of the Matrix films do?

(Not that I actually saw it, but I'm pretty sure that this is six kinds of wrong.)

Thanks to Nook for bringing this to my attention and also for the link to this petition about it.

Since they're apparently scared of technology, if you really want your opinion heard you might want to compose a good old-fashioned letter to the Academy of Arts and Sciences and send it to:

Academy Foundation
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1972

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at December 22, 2003 09:49 PM .

my friend worked on the Hulk. he said the effects were actually techniquely good and took a long time to do. since he's a computer animation guy i'll trust him on this, so i don't think it odd that the movie was included in the list.
i do find it odd that the matrix movies weren't included but i think it's due to the snobbery of those people involved in the nominations for these awards ceremonies that is the biggest factor for the exclusion. people didn't like the story of the last two so no nominations.

Posted by: joy on December 22, 2003 10:24 PM

I watched the Hulk tonight. Visually good but the Matrix films are so much better. I can't belive they got left out. :(

Posted by: kat on December 22, 2003 10:29 PM

I think you may be right joy, and that's a shame. The battle for the dock sequence and the APUs (especially in IMAX) alone should be a lock for consideration.

Posted by: krix on December 22, 2003 10:31 PM

I think that's absolutely DISGUSTING!

You can't touch The Matrix trilogy in terms of visual effects.

What are these people on...

Posted by: Keanuette on December 23, 2003 12:13 AM

Well, this just proves what I already know: Hollywood people have been biased against the Matrix sequels since the Matrix huge success. Why? Envy, just as simple as that. I think this hurts a bit, but I bet Keanu is used to it: you know, the same reason why he isn't on no list, either about beauty, success, money. They are just trying to make the Matrix phenomenon invisible. Who cares: I'm simply indifferent to all this award machine, particularly the Oscars, because it isn't about art and merit, but it's about politcs. Whatever. If you want, you can sign an online petition to the academy. You find a link at BTW, Hulk special effects are simply crap.

Posted by: Breeze on December 23, 2003 01:42 AM

See? I mentioned yesterday the lack of profesionalism among the critics and all those who think they know best. Sell-outs, that's what they are. Wasn't it mentioned that the Matrix movies couldn't be nominated for some lame reason? I'm writing this letter now and posting it tonight. It's absurd, outrageous not to consider that incredible work made for the films.

That's one of the most stupid things they have ever done, if not the first place.

Sorry if I rant, it's just that I can't see all this injustice and keep quiet.

Posted by: anab on December 23, 2003 04:08 AM

If The Hulk's special effects were no better in the movie than they were in the trailers, then my opinion remains : they sucked!

I believe I'll be boycotting the Academy Awards this year. *subject to change if Keanu presents*

Posted by: Zen on December 23, 2003 05:57 AM

When I heard this, I simply couldn't believe it. I thought it must be a mistake. Peter Pan?! Pirates of the Caribbean?! This is when I realized there must be something personal going on. As you say, the dock battle (well and of course my personal fave for beauty in special effects, the Smith/Neo battle)... it just makes no sense in the world.

There has to be some sort of politics going on.

Unfortunately, I can't boycott the Oscars as I began a tradition of having a girlie party on Oscar night for gown-critiques and cutie-pie-squeeing... and since I've been waiting 3 years for Peter Jackson to get his best director win and best picture...

I'm still in complete denial about this FX thing. I'll sign the petition, although I know they are useless and when I get home I'll take pen in hand and write a real letter.

Posted by: bakednudel on December 23, 2003 06:40 AM

I stopped watching Oscar regularly when I realized they weren't really about the art. Henry Fonda won for On Golden Pond because he was very ill and Paul Newman had really done his thing in The Verdict. I like Fonda a lot but it was so obvious what was going on. The glimmer was gone then.

I was too young then but I will write a letter on this slight of the Matrix. Maybe they will outlaw petitons the way they are outlawing campaiging other than ads.

Posted by: Tawny on December 23, 2003 08:06 AM

I agree with Breeze. It is envy. Two brothers made a kick-ass trilogy and it's far too intelligent for Hollywood suits and minds to handle. It probably freaked them out! Naturally, power politics does factor into all of it. It's disappointing really. The movies may not have fared well with these self-imposed critics and other Hollywood crazies, but there is no doubt in my mind that the last two Matrix films will go down in history as having some of the best special effects ever made. More power to the Wachowski brothers!

Posted by: Nadia on December 23, 2003 08:23 AM

I am also disappointed in the movies chosen. The only one I agree 100% with is LOTR, I have both DVDs and seeing ROTK tonight, those movies deserve the nomination. Im not crazy about the others though. And agree with Breeze it is political, and yes the Matrix's FX were outstanding, and the loading dock scene and the battles were awesome. Im disappointed the Matrix movies didnt get nominated, they are the REAL winners we all know that. I dont watch them at all, but if Keanu is on it,,,,well..just for him and then change channels.:)

Posted by: NeosFF on December 23, 2003 09:17 AM

Well...everyone, I believe, has hit the spot with the "politics/envy" theory. Such a shame not to reward those that worked so hard to give us *stunning--simply stunning* effects in not one, but two movies.


Posted by: r.j.girl on December 23, 2003 09:25 AM

You said it, r.j.girl, IDIOTS!

But Mr. Reeves would probably say/do something more graceful.... like shrug his shoulders and say "To each his own".

I've not watched the Oscars in years and probably won't this year, especially after this.

Politics, they're not aware of real talent if it them in the face, and they certainly havenít studied art since awakening.

Posted by: Rhonda, somewhere in Texas on December 23, 2003 10:14 AM

This whole thing is making me so mad, I'd better stop posting before I start or else I wouldn't be able to contain myself!

Ooops, nearly forgot: Merry X-Mas to Krix, thanks for some of the biggest laughs I got from the web this year - and Happy Holidays for all of you out there!

Posted by: Niobe on December 23, 2003 10:20 AM

If I weren't at the library right now, I'd smash the computer, I am so pissed. But what should we expect from an organization that honors crap and disses quality? They probably knew that the "Matrix" films would clean house come Oscar time, and they're scared. Scared little pussies. I want to be an actress, but if this is how the industry treats quality projects, then fuck it.

Posted by: Renie on December 23, 2003 02:22 PM

un. freaking. believable.

Posted by: laura on December 23, 2003 03:31 PM

when i first saw this announcement, i literally screamed out a few choice obscenities (good thing i was at my home computer!). but you know, it's not really all that surprising, or even disturbing, since the oscars are and always have been pure bullshit propoganda. in fact, it's a *good* thing, because it means i have no reason whatsoever to watch the damn nightmare this year. feh on the oscars, the golden globes, the press, the establishment, the MAN...

(i feel much better now.)

Posted by: lori on December 23, 2003 05:40 PM

I got a final pic in the Got Keanu series for this....It says it all for me ;)

Posted by: Catz on December 23, 2003 07:27 PM

This was the worst thing I heard all day, the academy sucks-bigtime! As Cartman would say-you bastards!

Posted by: audy on December 23, 2003 07:36 PM

These petitions crack me up. NOBODY pays any attention to them.

Besides, where in the world do folks get the idea that THEIR opinion has anything to do with the Oscars? The Academy Awards have nothing to do with public opinion, or what fans want. They are awards given by FILMMAKERS to other filmmakers. The Academy isn't every filmmaker working, either. It's an elite group of experienced people who are INVITED to join, and the awards are all about what they think are the best examples of each category. So what we think means diddly-squat.

That's why the decisions made are so puzzling sometimes. The Academy isn't listening to any of US. It's exactly like film reviews - opinions given by people (who make films, in this case). Nobody has to agree with them, and they're under no obligation to agree with us. End of story.

Posted by: Sparrowhawk on December 25, 2003 07:31 PM

Yeah, Sparrowhawk, but you gotta wonder what the hell these people are thinking. I mean, to leave out the "Matrix" films and have "The Hulk" or "Master & Commander" on the list? I mean, they have to be blind. I see what you're saying though, and you're right, but still, they have to be pretty much brain-dead if they can't tell that both "Matrix" films have much better visual F/X than any of the 7 films listed. Something stinks in La-La Land (but when doesn't it?)

Posted by: Renie on December 30, 2003 12:48 PM
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