'Life of Pi' predicted to win Effects-Driven Film from Visual Effects Society

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Four of the five Oscar nominees for Best Visual Effects also contend at the Visual Effects Society Awards for Best Effects in an Effects-Driven Film: "The Avengers," "Life of Pi," "Prometheus," and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." The fifth Oscar nominee, "Snow White and the Huntsman," was snubbed by the VES, which rounds out this category instead with "Battleship."

Though the VES also honors achievement in Supporting Visual Effects, it's usually the effects-driven contenders that foreshadow the Oscars. In the ten years of the VES Awards, seven of this category's winners have gone on to repeat at the Oscars. Last year was a rare exception, with Supporting Effects winner "Hugo" taking home Oscar.

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But according to our predictors, Oscar will go hand-in-hand with this category once again, with "Life of Pi" far out front with 5/4 odds and near-unanimous support from our editors and users. The film also recently won the Art Directors Guild Award for Fantasy Film.

Its closest competitors are "The Avengers" and "The Hobbit," both of which get 4/1 odds, though more users predict an "Avengers" victory.

"Prometheus" is in fourth place with 6/1 odds, while "Battleship," without support from any editors or users, gets distant 12/1 odds.

Winners will be announced tomorrow, February 5.

 
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