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20 Films Advanced For Visual Effects Oscar: Marvel Studios Dominates, Warner Bros. Gets The Shaft

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Read the Press Release from yesterday’s announcement for the 20 films that have advanced in the Oscar race for Best Visual Effects.

Following #TheCircuitHub predictions for the leading 20 contenders, the omissions were “Missing Link” from Laika, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” and “Shazam!” from Warner Bros., “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” from 20th Century Fox, and “Rocketman” from Paramount Pictures (which was the weird, dark horse choice).

Also missing was but not surprising was “Joker,” Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Hellboy,” and “Frozen II” (which was a personal hope for some of us on the site).

Surprising entries included “Midway” and even very poorly received films still continue to find love from the branch like “Alita: Battle Angel,” “Men in Black: International,” and “Terminator: Dark Fate.”

Read the full listing below:

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 92nd Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
“Ad Astra”
“The Aeronauts”
“Aladdin”
“Alita: Battle Angel”
“Avengers: Endgame”
“Captain Marvel”
“Cats”
“Dumbo”
“Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Gemini Man”
“The Irishman”
“Jumanji: The Next Level”
“The Lion King”
“Men in Black: International”
“Midway”
“1917”
“Spider-Man: Far from Home”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“Terminator: Dark Fate”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary list of films eligible for further awards consideration.  Later this month, the committee will select a shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

The 92nd Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.

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Alex German

Have these voters been shown Star Wars? Or are they voting on assumption?

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