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Animation & VFX Oscars 2014 nominations announced

Digital Arts Staff | Jan. 20, 2014
Gravity, Frozen, Room on the Broom and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug are among 2014's Oscar nominees in the animation and visual effects categories.

Gravity, Frozen, Room on the Broom and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug are among 2014's Oscar nominees in the animation and visual effects categories.

The nominations for the Oscars 2014 have been announced, so we now know which films are in the running to win the awards for the Best Animated Feature Film, Best Animated Short, Best Visual Effects and more.

Announced today by Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy president Chery Boone Isaacs, there are more than 130 nominations across 24 categories ranging from Best Picture to Best Sound Editing.

Overall, Gravity and American Hustle have recieved the most nominations across all 24 categories, with 10 nominations each including a nomination for Best Picture. 12 Years a Slave is also nominated in the Best Picture category, and is a favourite among the critics.

Oscars 2014 Best Visual Effects nominations
The Visual Effects Oscar longlist announced in December has been whittled down to a shortlist of four nominations - not that this list matters as we all know Gravity has got the gong sewn up. Alongside Alfonso Cuaron's space masterpiece are Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness (perhaps surprisingly), The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and The Lone Ranger.

Elysium, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, andThor: The Dark World are the films that didn't make the cut.

When Framestore's Tim Webber, VFX supervisor on Gravity, picks up the gong in March, it'll follow a recent tradition of celebrating artistic use of VFX to add to the storytelling in great films - rather than who can cram the most shots into a film - following 2012's Life of Pi and 2011's Hugo. Gravity's also notable for being the one of only two films that made the longlist that are not sci-fi or fantasy (the other being the pop-western, The Lone Ranger).

ILM was the lead VFX house on The Lone Ranger and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Weta Digital was primary on The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, while Iron Man 3's main work was split between Digital Domain and Weta Digital.

Oscars 2014 Best Animated Feature Film nominations
The five remaining nominations in the Best Animated Feature category this year include Dreamworks, Disney and Universal as well as Studio Ghibli and La Parti Productions.

The Dreamworks for The Croods, its 3D animated comedy about a family of cavemen.

The second is Universal's Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the minion-filled CG animation starring super villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell).

Next is the French-Belgian animation Ernest & Celestine, based on the books of the same name. Created by first-time Academy Award nominees Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner, the film was created using hand-drawn animation techniques.

 

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