When the Oscar nominations come out on Thursday morning, only five of the 10 films shortlisted for the award will actually be left in the running for the Visual Effects Oscar. You can expect further coverage of the work that went into each nominated film at StudioDaily in the weeks to come. But, for now, why not familiarize yourself with some of the VFX work you may have missed earlier this year? It helps to have a rooting interest, especialily if you plan to get out of bed to watch the live announcement of the nominations at 5:30 PT.
As far as handicapping the nominations, Gravity may be the only sure thing on the list (it's the likely winner of the actual Oscar, too). The rest of the films all have their pluses and minuses. Five films into Peter Jackson's epic Tolkien adaptation, will Hobbit fatigue affect Weta Digital's shot at a nomination for the dragon Smaug? Will ILM's train work for The Lone Ranger suffer from its association with a film that was tarred (unfairly?) by some of the worst press of the year? Will the novel front-projection techniques employed by Oblivion impress voters?
Ditto on The Hobbit. It's probable that, with the film still in theaters, Warner Brothers doesn't want to spread footage from the showpiece Smaug sequence all over the Internet. Again, let us know if you've found a good video reel showing off Weta Digital's work. There is a wealth of other behind-the-scenes material at the official Hobbit blog.