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Journey Gets 3-D Treatment For Oscar Bakeoff

The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences will screen the 15-minute clip of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH in 3-D at the Oscar VFX bakeoff next week. The Brendan Fraser-led film is the first 3-D film to be in the running for the vfx Oscar.

The Dolby 3-D system is in place in the Academy's 300-seat Dunn Theater, but will not be installed in the 1,000-seat Goldwyn Theater until the annual Oscar-week hiatus in that venue. Temporary equipment will be brought in for the vfx voting event.

JOURNEY was shown in 3-D and in 2-D in theaters this summer, with 3-D screenings accounting for more than half of the film's opening weekend gross. New Line intended for the film to be released only in 3-D, but lack of screens forced the film to be shown in a 2-D version as well.

The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented Feb. 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.