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.

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