2017 Oscar Predictions – Visual Effects

Best Visual EffectsUPDATED – FEBRUARY 23, 2017 – FINAL PREDICTIONS – No Best Picture nominees in the mix.  As a matter of fact, three of the nominees only have one extra nomination.  Can “Rogue One” achieve some gold with what they achieved with their computer generated character creations or does “The Jungle Book” have the edge with some outstanding talking animals?  



  1. The Jungle Book” (Walt Disney Pictures) – Robert Legato, ASC, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez, Dan Lemmon
  2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (Walt Disney) – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould
  3. Deepwater Horizon” (Summit Entertainment) – Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
  4. Doctor Strange” (Marvel) – Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Richard Bluff, Vince Cirelli
  5. Kubo and the Two Strings” (Laika) – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff


  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (20th Century Fox) – Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
  • Arrival” (Paramount Pictures) – Louis Morin
  • Captain America: Civil War” (Marvel) – Dan DeLeeuw, Dan Sudick, Russell Earl, Greg Steele
  • The BFG” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • Passengers” (Sony Pictures)


  • Sully” (Warner Bros.) – Michael Owens, Mark Curtis, Bryan Litson, Jan Dubberke
  • Star Trek Beyond” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Deadpool” (Marvel) 
  • Warcraft” (Universal Pictures) – Bill Westenhofer, Jeff White, Jason Smith, VFX Supervisor, Hal Hickel
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (20th Century Fox)
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass” (20th Century Fox)
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (Warner Bros.)
  • Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros.)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse” (20th Century Fox)
  • Independence Day: Resurgence” (20th Century Fox)



  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (Paramount Pictures)
  • The Boy” (STX Entertainment)
  • Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) – David Gaddie, Kathy Siegel, Worth Bjorn Walters
  • The Conjuring 2” (Warner Bros.)
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant” (Lionsgate)
  • The Finest Hours” (Buena Vista)
  • Green Room” (A24) – Chris Connolly
  • Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit Entertainment) – Chris Godfrey
  • Hardcore Henry” (STX Entertinament)
  • Hell or High Water” (CBS Films) – Daniel Holt, Michael Prawitz, Scott Hastings, Jeremy Cox
  • Jackie” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – Sebastain Rame, Nicolas Rey, Thomas Duval, Tomas Roca
  • La La Land” (Summit Entertainment) – Chris LeDoux, Tim LeDoux, John Weckworth
  • The Lobster” – Olivier Cauwet
  • London Has Fallen” (Focus Features)
  • Now You See Me 2” (Lionsgate)
  • The Shallows” (Sony Pictures)
  • Swiss Army Man” (A24) – Danie Scheinert, Daniel Kwan, Eduardo ‘Alvin’ Cruz
  • Trolls” (DreamWorks Animation) – Philippe Denis, Yancy Lindquist, Mark Fattibene, Damon Riesberg

**=could be pushed back to 2017



  • Rupam Devkota

    “In the Heart of the Sea” is distributed by warner bros not universal.

  • Austin

    The Jungle Book had amazing visual effects would you agree?

  • Luke McGowan

    1. The Jungle Book
    2. Dr. Strange
    3. Arrival
    4. Suicide Squad
    5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Brady Smith

    Jungle Book
    Dr. Strange
    Rogue One
    Assassin’s Creed

  • Iso Ns

    2. Doctor Strange
    3. Rogue One
    4. The Jungle Book
    5. Arrival

    Fantastic beasts, Star trek Beyond runner ups for now. Not so sure about the visual effects of Billy Lynn’s. It could be The Revenant of 2016 though. You never know.
    As a longshot I would make a bold prediction for Warcraft. Even though the movie had terrible reviews the visual effects were top notch.
    I cannot see Deadpool whatsoever, even no13 seems pretty high to me :).

  • Adam Lunnan Aass

    1. The Jungle Book
    2. Passengers
    3. Warcraft
    4. Doctor Strange
    5. Captain America: Civil War

  • Trevor Pacelli

    Have you considered Eye in the Sky?

  • Adventurer

    I’d reckon The Jungle Book as well. Arrival might give it a competition. No idea about Passengers. Personally I found Doctor Strange to be the best visual spectacle of the year.

    • husky92

      They were COOL yeah, but not so complex to make, you can do the same with AfterEffects in some hours. When they tried to represent human bodies the animation was kinda cringy.

      • AyeAye

        He specifically said “visual spectacle”, so I think he was being ironic.

  • Tobey

    Fantastic beasts visual effects outstanding, especially the train scene near the end where incredible. defintely top 5, maybe top 3 even but haven’t seen doctor strange or rogue one to establish that.

    • Sorry, not happening. I saw Fantastic Beasts and the CGI used to make the beasts was AWFUL! Not once was I ever convinced that anything was real, it all looked super jarring and it distracted so much from the story. It doesn’t even have a chance at making the top 20.

      • Tobey

        the creatures are supposed to look different? and does the jungle book characters look like real life? no. But the jungle book is predicited to be the winner of the visual effect award

        • Tobey

          But the credence characters visual effects were outstanding

          • Tobey

            for the jungle book characters some of them don’t look real but some do

            • Tobey

              Critics choice seemed to like fantastic beats visual effects and I predicited this will continue to the oscars

              • They also liked A Monster Calls and that got no attention in the Academy’s 20 finalists.

        • Here’s the difference between the two: Although yes, I always knew the animals in the Jungle Book were fake, the way they were animated and the texture of their fur was good enough to make them look like they were there, imitating the movements, mannerisms, and presence of real animals. With Fantastic Beasts, the way the beasts were animated looked very cartoony and unnatural. Especially in the club scene with the goblins, the texturing did not mesh well with the live-action environment. It’s not a matter of whether I knew they were CGI or not, it’s a matter of the technicality to make them mimic the real thing, which Fantastic Beasts fails at.

      • Oscar Acosta Rodriguez

        Just because you’re saying it?? You’re not an academy member. Once you are you will have the right to decide ok? Respect the others opinions please.

        • Okay, I just watched some YouTube BTS footage of Fantastic Beasts, and I’ll now admit, the CGI is a lot more impressive than I remembered (my real problem ismore that there was too much of it in places when practical effects could have been used). You’re right, everyone has the right to their opinion. I’m sorry for offending anybody.

          • Oscar Acosta Rodriguez

            You didn’t offend anyone trevor, thanks for admiting your mistake and we respect each other opinions.

  • husky92

    We’ve never seen a cgi like Warcraft and Fantastic beasts! Outstanding!!!

  • Tobey

    1. Jungle Book
    2. Doctor Strange
    3. Fantastic Beasts and where to find them
    4. Rogue One: Star wars story
    5. Passengers

  • Damian Pietrzak

    So so wrong. Doctor Strange is not missing and Fantastic Beasts will probably also get in…

  • Tobey

    kubo and the two strings over fantastic beasts?
    and sully over doctor strange?

  • Jono

    1. Jungle Book
    2. Rogue One: A Star Wars story
    3. Warcraft
    4. Dr Strange
    5. The BFG

  • Jono

    Is this list based on who got the most votes so far, or is it just speculation?

  • Isabele Gomes

    Dr Stranger

  • Pablo

    Rogue One needs to win this. If you have seen it, you know the main reason why.

    • I thought the CGI was pretty good, nothing special or groundbreaking. The effects on K-2S0 were certainly well worth a nomination. I can see it getting nominated, but I doubt it would win.

    • zeebochris111

      There actually people who thought he was real! Seriously give this movie the oscar.

  • Reab Niloc

    Yo dude! Take Kubo out of there. Doctor Strange and The BFG definitely need to be in there (Doctor Strange, in my opinion). I wouldn’t care so much if animated movies didn’t have their own category, but they do so please take Kubo out!

  • Tobey

    Kubo and captain over fantatstic beasts and Doctor Strange? very surprising

  • DDD
    • Drogo

      Even though I don’t like the MCU very much, there is nothing wrong with that VFX shot.
      RDJ’s physical body is much shorter and smaller than his Iron Man suit. His head looks small because it is small compared to the suit. Look at War Machine behind. Its arms are so huge compared to its head.
      ILM is the world’s most skilled and experienced VFX house. They won’t mess up a shot so bad.

  • theatregeek

    Rylance’s character in The BFG looks stunning…the other CGI not so much.

    Im starting to think Kubo could pull off a surprise nomination. But certainly not at the expense of Doctor Strange. I know the voting group has somewhat of a bias against the marvel vfx teams, but the work in that film was flawless.

    1. Jungle Book
    2. Rogue One
    3. Doctor Strange
    4. Fantastic Beasts
    5. Arrival

    alt: Kubo and Two Strings

  • Gabriel Almeida

    Fanstastic Beasts is not a Fox Film, it is a Warner film.

  • Drogo

    WTH. No Doctor Strange in top 5? It seemed to be a lock in the Top 3.

    • The special effects in Dr. Strange were hit or miss for me. The effects of the cities turning on themselves look convincing, but the way they made his cape moved really unnaturally and took me out of it. Not to mention the final fight between that main villain guy (forgot his name), who did not look realistic at all.

  • Bryce

    Captain America Civil War
    Doctor Strange
    Jungle Book
    Rogue One

    I have to go with Doctor Strange. I have never seen any effects like that before in my life, it sefinately deserves the win here.

  • AyeAye

    Why is an animated film being considered for special effect category? Even though it was SMA, it should not be a contender here. lol

    The difference between Disney and WB CGI is rather massive. Compare Rogue One, Jungle Book, Civil War, Doctor Strange to Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts. Dawn of Justice had the same budget as Civil War (and smaller cast), but CGI differences were very acute, I wonder where they even pump the money to. And FB graphics were underwhelming, the texturing looked very unconvincing (the Obscurial and the Beasts/Goblins). Suicide Squad was a pasquinade, not just the movie but the effects as well. As someone who prefers DC & HP series over Marvel/Star Wars, it’s a disappointing result. WB needs to pull its weight.

    • Reece

      It made the shortlist for the top 10 choices.. If it made it this far, they clearly support it, question is how much do they support it?

      Ex machine MADE it last year AND WON.. sometimes the underdogs can slide in home..

      • AyeAye

        Ex Machina was a live action movie though. Kubo’s an animated movie.

    • Animated films have VFX, too. I can’t see why they shouldn’t be a contender.

      Ratatouille made the short list in 2006, too.

      • AyeAye

        I know that. Kubo used visual effects a lot, especially during the final scene. But it’s an animated movie not live action is what I’m trying to say, even though stop motion.

        • TheLillypop

          Doesnt matter. Visual effects doesnt mean ‘a category for Live Action Movies only’. Any type of movie that uses VFX can be considered.

    • BTS

      With Stop Motion Animation, they basically have to put the pictures of what they created together to make the scene moving, and any effects they could not make (for budget and time reason), they have to use VFX to fill in the missing pieces and effects they wanted.
      The characters and sets are “live action” (built and can actually be felt).

      • AyeAye

        I know that. I’ve seen how SMA is created personally. I’m just saying since it’s an animated movie it shouldn’t be in contention with live action movies.

        • BTS

          LOL, if Disney submitted “The Jungle Book” for consideration for Best Animated Film, it would actually be eligible, despite being label “live action” film.

          • Adventurer

            That’s a good comparison lmao Academy should be more tight with their categories. Lots of fraud going around. LOL

  • Pokermask

    Here are my predictions for Best Visual Effects at the moment:
    Arrival (Louis Morin)
    Doctor Strange (Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Vince Cirelli, Paul Corbould)
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Victoria Cadiou, Adam Heinis, David Watkins)
    The Jungle Book (Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Adam Valdez)
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Luc Corbould, Maria Corbould, Colin Gorry, Adam Heinis)

    Top choice: The Jungle Book

  • Jacques

    I believe if the academy goes the same route they went last year with Ex Machina, then Arrival is a for sure win. However, Jungle Book looks very strong. Even though I didn’t enjoy Doctor Strange, it will still get the nom. I also believe that Rogue one and Civil War are strong contenders too

  • Mangesh Gaikwad

    # Visual Effects
    1.The Jungle Book

    3.Doctor Strange
    4.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    5.Captain America: Civil War /Kubo and the Two Strings

  • Calvin Damon

    I don’t think Rogue One can win if even Force Awakens couldn’t manage to do it, and no Marvel movie has ever won this category, and Jungle Book is a combination of Gravity’s all environments are almost completely CG with Life of Pi’s CG animals, so I think this is really Jungle Book’s to lose. Also, along with space/sci-fi movies, talking animal movies are one of this categories favorites with winners that include Life of Pi, the Golden Compass, and Babe.

  • life is a state of mind

    I think this category is all about the “bare and/or bear necessities.”

  • Jared

    Hoping jungle book gets it. Would have put arrival in over rogue one

  • Pablo

    I know people love to hate on popular films like Rogue One, but I guess they don’t really realize the groundbreaking job the VFX team did on that film. It’s revolutionary and will affect movies for a long time. Having said that, revolutionary films rarely win this category. Planet of the Apes lost this. So, there’s that.

    The Jungle Book will win this but you know who I would vote for.

    Btw, Arrival needed to be here instead of Deepwater Horizon.