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Another visual effects Oscar for Weta Digital?

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The New York Times reports today that Avatar is in the running to win the best visual effects at this year’s Academy Awards. And it’s likely to be competing with District 9.

Both features have stunning special effects that were created by large production teams working at Weta Digital in Wellington.

Weta Digital attracts some of the filmmaking world’s best creative and technical talent to Wellington, with over 35 nationalities represented on its staff.

The New York Times reports that the three visual effects nominees, to be announced on February 2, will be chosen from a short list that has been cut back to seven features.

Weta Digital has already been nominated for five visual effects Oscars, and has won four of them. Here is its impressive list of awards for feature films.

2007

Imagina Awards – Best Special Effects
X-Men: The Last Stand

2006

Academy Award® – Best Visual Effects
King Kong

BAFTA® – Visual Effects
King Kong

Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
King Kong

Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
King Kong

Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture
King Kong

Critics Choice Award – Distinguished Achievement in Performing Arts
King Kong

National Board of Review Award – Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects
King Kong

2005

Academy Award® Nomination – Best Visual Effects
I, Robot

Visual Effects Society Award Nomination – Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture
I, Robot

2004

Academy Award® – Best Visual Effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Academy Award® – Technical Achievement Award for Gollum
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

BAFTA® – Best Visual Effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Character Animation in a Live Action Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Performance by a Male or Female Actor in an Effects Film
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2003

Academy Award® – Best Visual Effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

BAFTA® – Best Visual Effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Visual Effects Society Award – Best Visual Effects in an Effects Driven Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Visual Effects Society Award – Best Character Animation in a Live Action Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Visual Effects Society Award – Best Special Effects in a Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Visual Effects Society Award – Best Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Visual Effects Society Award – Best Visual Effects Photography in a Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Visual Effects Society Award – Best Effects Art Direction in a Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Visual Effects Society Award – Best Compositing in a Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Visual Effects Society Award – Best Performance by an Actor in an Effects Film
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2002

Academy Award® – Best Visual Effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

BAFTA® – Best Visual Effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring