Seven movies made the short list for possible nomination for an Oscar in the Visual Effects category for the 81st Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: AUSTRALIA, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE DARK KNIGHT, HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, IRON MAN, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, and THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR.
On Thursday, 15 January, all members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.
The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, 22 January 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.