Online Petition Aims to Get Matrix in Oscar Race

Conspicuously absent from the Academy’s shortlist of Best visual Effects competitors were the blockbuster sequels The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Now fans of the EFX-driven franchise have established a web site where people can sign a petition to get due recognition for the many artists who brought the films’ multiple worlds to life.

The site (www.petitiononline.com/Matrix1/petition.html) asserts, "The Matrix sequels (Reloaded and Revolutions) have advanced the use of computer graphics in movies. Even a quick overview will reveal that there were many firsts in the two movies created by computer graphics, and the first impressions of these are very impressive."

Other EFX-laden flicks that missed the boat are Sony’s Big Fish, Universal’s The Cat in the Hat, Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Fox’s Daredevil and Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

The films that did make the cut for Oscar consideration are Universal Studios’ The Hulk, New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Twentieth Century Fox’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Universal’s Peter Pan, Buena Vista Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Fox’s X2: X-Men United.

Each of the short-listed films will submit 15-minute reels to be screened for the VFX award-nominating committee at the bakeoff on Jan. 21. The members will then nominate three of the seven films. The finalists will be announced along with nominations in 23 other categories on Jan. 27.