The Motion Picture Academy today announced the twenty films that will be eligible this year for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Keep in mind that soon this list will be cut in half and only ten films will advance to be in the competition for Best Visual Effects.
The films are: A Quiet Place, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Aquaman, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Bumblebee, Christopher Robin, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, First Man, Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Mary Poppins Returns, Mission: Impossible-Fallout, Mortal Engines, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Paddington 2, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Welcome to Marwen.
Each of these films have something of a shot to be nominated, but the heavy-hitters are likely in the Avengers and Ready Player One crowd. Those type of high-action or superhero films tend to be nominated, but it’s usually a Best Picture or multiple-nominee film that takes the prize in the end.
Case in point, last year. The heavy-favorite going into the last few weeks of the race was War for the Planet of the Apes, which, for my money, showcased some of the best visual effects of any film this decade. Still, it was the only film’s nomination, and one of the films that had multiple nominations outside of the VFX category, Blade Runner 2049, ended up taking the statue home. That’s nothing against the VFX crew of Blade Runner, but more a commentary on how things work at the Oscars.
The shortlist for this category and a few other, including Makeup and Hairstyling, are planned to be announced on December 17th.
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