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As ever on the pulse of the tech world in entertainment, David S. Cohen of Variety takes us today into the fascinating — and controversial — process of determining the Oscar nominations in visual effects.

The late-year steering committee meeting of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts & Science's visual effects branch is always a long
night. This past November, though, things got heated as well.

The
accelerated Oscar nominations calendar put the vfx selection process
under new pressures, and that led to an unprecedented compromise: One
film was voted into the bakeoff even though most of the committee had
not seen it. …

Read the rest of the column here.

Previously: Earlier Oscars mean more muddling in '14

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