The Usual Suspects: Special Effects Academy Award Nominees

by Irma Arkus

Oh sure, District 9 may not be in the running for the best film this year, but it sure is named in the special effects category, where all the sci-fi productions go to die.

The special effects Academy Awards have always held a dear, warm spot in my heart, because this would be the only category where my favorite films would somehow end up.

Consider this: the critically beloved, and endlessly mysterious Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” won the special effects award in 1968. It may have been nominated for the best director, art direction and set design, and even best screenplay, but it ONLY won the special effects Oscar. Years later, we are still toiling in academia, writing endless papers on what Kubrick attempted to show, and what Arthur C. Clarke meant to write.

So, this year’s nominees are a parade of pride and shame, as ever before, and here are this year’s “suspects:”

– Angels & Demons
– Avatar
– Coraline
– Disney’s A Christmas Carol
– District 9
– G-Force
– G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
– Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
– Sherlock Holmes
– Star Trek
– Terminator Salvation
– Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
– 2012
– Watchmen
– Where the Wild Things Are