Showing our pride for how far 3D movies have come, we look forward to the upcoming Academy Awards this weekend.
When the 84th Academy Awards ceremony kicks off this Sunday, February 26th, at 7pm EST, it will be another in a string of Oscar award shows recognizing a wide variety of 3D films.
While plenty of film reviews and analysis continue to try and pretend 3D is just a flat, faltering fad that’s on the way out, reality continues to tell a different story. And Oscar is obviously listening.
Since 2009, at least one Best Picture nominee has been a 3D film. Both Avatar and Up were 3D films nominated for Best Picture in 2009, and in 2010 we saw the 3D production Toy Story 3 garner a nod for Best Picture. Now, as we approach the award ceremony for 2011′s honored films, Hugo is the film representing 3D among the nominees for Best Picture, and it is one of the top contenders for the award. I personally strongly believe the “top prize” is primarily a race between Hugo, The Artist, and The Descendants.
Meanwhile, Hugo is the second 3D film to be nominated for Best Director, following Avatar in 2009. In fact, Hugo is nominated for a total of 11 Oscars at this year’s ceremony, the most of any film.
Hugo also secured a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, after Toy Story 3 was nominated in the same category in 2009. In 2010, Up received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, so that for three years running there’s been a 3D nominee in a writing category.
Elsewhere among the nominees for Academy Awards, 3D films are likewise well represented. The nominees for Best Animated Feature are dominated by 3D, for example, with three of the five nominees being 3D productions. Hugo itself racked up additional nods for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score, and Visual Effects. Some of these categories are seeing a 3D nominee for the first time.
In the latter category of Best Visual effects, 3D films hold the majority of nomination spots. Three of the five nominees are 3D movies — Hugo, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. This will be a particularly tough category, because there’s so much excellent effects work in all of the nominees, and with regard to 3D each film brings something innovative and really impressive to the table.
So it’s been a pretty good three years for 3D at the Oscars, with many of the 3D nominees racking up lots of the coveted statuettes. If Hugo walks away with an award for either Best Picture or Best Director, it will be another huge milestone for 3D filmmaking.
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