Other pics making the bakeoff are Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Skyfall”; Warner’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”; Fox’s “Life of Pi” and “Prometheus”; Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman”; and Disney’s “The Avengers.”
The omission of U’s “Battleship” is a mild surprise, since the pic featured extensive water simulations from Industrial Light & Magic, and ILM has had considerable sway in the vfx branch’s executive committee in years past.
Among studios, Paramount is notably absent from the list: with Marvel having ankled to Disney, Par was without a vfx-driven tentpole in 2012.
Because vfx contenders are often box office leaders, it’s a bad sign for a studio’s B.O. year when it can’t get a single pic into the top 10 — and Par has indeed had a weak year (Daily Variety, Nov. 27).