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Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 12:03AM
NATHANIEL R in Oscars (10), Scott Pilgrim, Visual FX

The idea of "bakeoffs" that some of the technical Oscar branches use, wherein voting members check out showreels of various films and narrow down the field, is interesting.I'm glad they don't do it with most categories but it's interesting.But when it comes to finalswithinthose semi-finals it just seems...rude.It seems humiliating like Reality TV humiliating.For the first time, we'll have five nominees this year in the Visual Effects category and most people agree that's a smart move given how many movies employ visual f/x these day.

For reasons we don't understand, they've narrowed down their 15 wide finalist list to 7 films, eliminating the newNarnia,wannabe franchises likePrince of Persia and Percy Jackson,jeered 3D effortsClash of the TitansandThe Last Airbender, the Nic Cage sorceror movie and the hit action filmUnstoppable.So now we're down to...

Which means thattwoof those movies will be snubbed on January 25th and that just seems so mean-spirited.Like "PSYCHE! You thought you were going to be an Oscar nominee. And now you're not. HAHA. You lose!" Note to these AMPAS branches: Only narrow it down once.Don't be a jerk!This isn't reality TV.

Or maybe we're just in a bad mood because we figure be nice.Put the totally deservingScott Pilgrimout of his misery early.Don't make him think you're going to honor his creative, funny, stylized effects only to cast him aside for something infinitely more derivative.

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