The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar) announced on Dec. 5, 2013 the 10 films which will be considered for “Best Visual Effects.” The western movie “The Lone Ranger” starring Johnny Depp (Tonto) & Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger) has been chosen for the short list. Each category is picked by their own members in each branch. The 86th annual Academy Awards will be held live on Sunday March 2, 2014 on ABC. The show will be hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
The Academy sent out the announcement & it states that, “All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. Oscar nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.”
“The Lone Ranger” has had a bumpy ride from the beginning of production to a disappointing box office debut last July 2013. It was thrashed by critics, but liked by film audiences. The cost of production was widely criticized from western fans to the Internet hate-mongers over the $215 million dollar budget. According to the official website of “Box Office Mojo” which tracks movie grosses. “The Lone Ranger” worldwide box office has stalled at $260,502,115. The U.S. box office brought in $89,302,115. The Foreign box office stands at $171,200,000.
The western is filled with huge chunks of visual effects surrounding the railroad train sequences. The Lone Ranger & Tonto performed before blue/green screens to great effect.
A comment was made by a visual effects fan of “The Lone Ranger” on the Deadline Hollywood blog. Kimosobe said, “I for one need a “time out” on all the CGI cartoon work that has devastated the screen. “The Lone Ranger” employs old school practical effects. Laying 6 miles of railroad track, building all the locomotives and cars from scratch!!”
“Hundreds of horses and real cowboy gear and real location shoots that are breathtaking. We derailed a locomotive for gods sake. To reward “Pac Rim” is to encourage the cartoon-ization of cinema. I say its time to return to old school. “The Lone Ranger” had the balls to bring old school “in camera” practical visual effects back!! This Oscar need to tell Hollywood “Time Out” on CGI. Hi-Ho-Silver… Away...,”
Below are the 10 movies to be considered for the Oscar for “Best Visual Effects” in a film for 2013.