10 Contenders Remain In Visual Effects OSCAR® Race

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • “Alien: Covenant”
  • “Blade Runner 2049”
  • “Dunkirk”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
  • “Kong: Skull Island”
  • “Okja”
  • “The Shape of Water”
  • “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
  • “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
  • “War for the Planet of the Apes”

    The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar®consideration.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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  • Cornelius Buttersby

    There feels like a very solid five in;

    Blade Runner 2049
    War for the Planet of the Apes
    The Last Jedi
    Dunkirk
    The Shape of Water.

    But the visual effects field doesn’t always bend to the most prestigious or well-received contenders, as shown with the occasional Lone Ranger or Snow White and the Huntsman nominee – and Arrival’s omission last year. I would guess The Shape of Water is the most in danger of those five given the emphasis on prosthetics.

    If one of those were to miss, my guess for the spoilers would be;

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (major emphasis on visual effects, SFCS award nom)
    Alien: Covenant (Prometheus got in, Satellite nomination)
    Okja (May be a critical cause, along the lines of Kubo and the Two Strings)

    • I can see a path for Last Jedi getting in on the strength of three very specific sequences alone.

  • Calvin Damon

    Blade Runner, War For the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, and The Shape of Water all seem to be in. That last slot is between Dunkirk, Valerian, and Guardians. I’m going with Dunkirk because of how much people like the movie and the fact that this branch likes Nolan. Interstellar and Inception both won, and The Dark Knight made it in a year of three and was most likely the runner up. I don’t think it’s Guardians because of sequelitis and possible comic book movie fatigue and I don’t think it’s Valerian because of the lack of critical love for the film itself, but if the branch can get over that, it’s deserving. Okja could be an Ex Machina-like surprise, but it’s not as loved as that film was and it is foreign language and Netlfix. I think Alien and Kong are out, because people have seen them many times and better. Here’s my ranking of probability:
    1. Blade Runner 2049
    2. War For the Planet of the Apes
    3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    4. The Shape of Water
    5. Dunkirk
    6. Valerian
    7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    8. Okja
    9. Alien: Covenant
    10. Kong: Skull Island (if the most recent Godzilla couldn’t make it, I really don’t think this will)