This year's Best Visual Effects category is sure to be stacked. We've already seen great stuff in "Iron Man 3," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Oz the Great and Powerful" and "Man of Steel." The work in "Pacific Rim" is, as you might expect, jaw-dropping. We still have "Elysium," "Gravity" and a new "Hobbit" installment to come, and who knows how films like "Rush" and "All is Lost" might figure into the otherwise blockbuster-heavy (as usual) line-up?
All of that is to say that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is going to have a difficult time insinuating itself into the conversation. I know this film didn't land very well with a great many but I'll still stick up for it, and even though the effects go perhaps a bit too far for my taste here and there, for the most part, they are the extension of a discernible vision. That's more than you can say of a great many contenders that find themselves duking it out in this race year after year.