OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Visual Effects

Updated: October 13, 2017

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

1

Richard Clegg, Paul Lambert, Victor Muller, John Nelson
“Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
The original was nominated in this category and will have the Visual Effects branch nostalgic about choosing it again.
CONS:
But the original lost to "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." If there's something more iconic ("War for the Planet of the Apes" anyone?) than they could easily go with that.

2

Richard Bain, Ben Morris, Michael Mulholland
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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3

Ryan Cook, Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, Erik Winquist
“War for the Planet of the Apes” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
Isn't it about time this franchise got its proper due after losing to "Hugo" and "Interstellar?"
CONS:
"Blade Runner 2049" or any Best Picture nominee that comes up the pipeline.

4

Dennis Berardi, Kristen Bligh
“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
This team has worked on "Fight Club," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Pacific Rim."
CONS:
They may be compelled by something more "visual."

5

Dan Bethell, Theodore Bialek, Vincent Cirelli, Lou Pecora, Doug Spilatro,
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (Marvel Studios)

PROS:
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CONS:
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6

Matthew Crnich, Ray McMaster, Kevin Andrew Smith, Doug Spilatro, Christopher Townsend
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Marvel Studios)

PROS:
The first was nominated in Visual Effects. Marvel pops up here pretty often.
CONS:
There's other Marvel films in play.

7

Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley, Tim McGovern
“Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
It's subtle but has highs like all the air battles.
CONS:
It's not as OBVIOUS as some of the other films that are coming down the pike.

8

Frazer Churchill, Viktor Muller, Jessica Norman, Bill Westenhofer
“Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
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CONS:
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9

Kyle McCulloch, David Piombino, Kelly Port, Glen Pratt
“Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
There are lots of effects. It's a near lock for the bakeoff.
CONS:
Will it beat out the others?

10

Wayne Brinton, Huw J. Evans, Marcin Kolendo, John Moffatt, Adam Rowland,
“Life” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
Space film that could be a dark horse for the bakeoff.
CONS:
No one really remembers the film, do they?

OTHER TOP TIER CONTENDERS

11

Vincent Cirelli, Jake Morrison, Brendan Seals, Alexis Wajsbrot, Chad Wiebe
“Thor: Ragnarok” (Marvel)

PROS:
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CONS:
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12

Ara Khanikian, Alexandre Lafortune, Stephen Rosnbaum, Robert Weaver, Jeff White
“Kong: Skull Island” (Universal Pictures)

PROS:
Because there's a really big gorilla in the movie.
CONS:
The movie isn't really that good...and the gorilla also doesn't look too good either.

13

Gary Brozenich, Trent Claus, Arne Kaupang, Bill Kent,
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
The franchise always seems to get close, even when the critics are passing on it completely.
CONS:
This one seemed to come and go.

14

Jerome Chen, Glenn Melenhorst, Robert Winter
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
Getting sucked into a video game, dropped in the jungle, and fighting off animals is something to look for in this category.
CONS:
This branch loves to reward innovation. Is there any on display here?

15

Cari Reiche, Jamie Williams
“Coco” (Pixar)

PROS:
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CONS:
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16

Nicolas Aithadi, Christopher Downs, Oliver Hohn, Don Lee, Blaine Lougheed
“The Dark Tower” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
Some of the team were nominees for films like "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1."
CONS:
Box office was poor and the critics didn't seem to like it at all.

17

François Dumoulin, Martin Hill, Marc Jouveneau, Joe Letteri
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (EuropaCorp)

PROS:
Critics praised the film's visuals.
CONS:
The film received mixed reviews. Will there be passion surrounding the film?

18

Sean Andrew Faden, David Hodgins, Roland Langschwert, Julian Lojek
“Power Rangers” (Lionsgate)

PROS:
Could the CGI battles capture the eyes of voters?
CONS:
Likely not given the poor box office.

19

Jason Billingon, Don Lee, Gregory L. McMurry, Marcus Taormina
“Bright” (Overbrook Entertainment)

PROS:
Netflix can pull some magic and they're looking for MANY nominations this year.
CONS:
This is an unknown entity to the year. Netflix has bigger fish to fry.

20

Patrick Ledda, George Murphy
“Murder on the Orient Express” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
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CONS:
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OTHER POSSIBILITIES

21

John Des Jardin, Bryan Hirota, Seth Maury, Keith Miller
“Justice League” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Remember that "Suicide Squad" is an Academy Award winner. Even the DC Universe can achieve greatness with the Academy.
CONS:
The movie will likely do battle with votes going to "Wonder Woman" and that movie was critically acclaimed.

22

Kayla Cabral, Richard Chiu, Mike Duffy, Wesley Sewell
“Flatliners” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
Could traveling through heaven and hell provide some visual spectacles?
CONS:
Likely not and this is a remake that feels totally unnecessary.

23

John Skeffington, Chris Healer, Jeff Wozniak
“The Wall” (Roadside Attractions)

PROS:
One of those "bad" films that could shock at the bakeoff or even a nominee (i.e. "Hereafter").
CONS:
Hard to imagine this making the lineup, even by bad movie standards.

24

Michael Kulzer, Fredrik Nord, Michael Wortmann
“Atomic Blonde” (Focus Features)

PROS:
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CONS:
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25

Michael Kulzer, Fredrik Nord, Michael Wortmann
“The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
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CONS:
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  • Andres Gtz

    In any case, the superhero films with good possibilities are WW and GoG2, not Spiderman. Dunkirk just has the benefit of being a BP contender, but there’s actually nothing here to nominate: it has more practical than visual FX, nowadays that’s not a good thing.

  • MALLAURY LABULLE

    1- War for the Planet of the Apes
    2- Blade Runner 2049
    3- Star Wars : The Last Jedi
    4- The Shape of Water
    5- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • Calvin Damon

    Blade Runner, War For the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, and The Shape of Water seem pretty safe at this point. The fifth slot is up for grabs though. I think Dunkirk is too practical to make it, but you never know. Guardians, Thor, and Valerian are the best bets for that fifth slot in my opinion. It should go to Valerian despite the quality of the film itself. Also, I think Logan has a better shot than at least half of the movies on this list.

  • theatregeek

    What makes you think Spiderman Clayton? Out of all the superhero entries this year, Id argue its the weakest with effects. Guardians, Wonder Woman, Thor Ragnarok all have signature looks that their visual effects help achieve. (I havent seen Thor yet obviously, but the effects in the trailer alone are of more merit than Homecoming’s). I don’t think Spidey has a chance.

  • Rober Cuenca

    Ghost in the Shell.