OSCARS: Visual Effects Widdles Down to 20 Contenders – ‘Star Wars’ Makes the Cut

madmax_villainThe shortlist for the Visual Effects Academy Awards have been announced, with twenty films still in the running for the Oscar.

Films that are missing surprisingly is “Cinderella” from Walt Disney and “Pan” from Warner Bros..  Not that reviews ever truly hurt a film in this category, as seen by the inclusion of “Terminator: Genisys,” those couldn’t muscle their way in.  Universal Pictures’ “Crimson Peak” by Guillermo del Toro was also omitted despite critics praising its visuals.

The most surprising inclusion is “Bridge of Spies,” a film that initially doesn’t gather a lot of conversation surrounding its visual aspects but will be in need of a second viewing.

Also, could the inclusion of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” mean that Academy members have seen it?  Heard a rumor, from a birdy, who heard from a homeless man that the film has screened secretly and besides being under heavy embargo, are also under embargo for revealing any indication that they’ve seen it.  Hmmmm…

Check out the list below:

  • “Ant-Man” (Marvel)
  • “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Marvel)
  • “Bridge of Spies” (DreamWorks)
  • “Chappie” (20th Century Fox)
  • “Everest” (Universal Pictures)
  • “Ex Machina” (A24)
  • “Furious 7” (Universal Pictures)
  • “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” (Lionsgate)
  • “In the Heart of the Sea” (Warner Bros.)
  • “Jupiter Ascending” (Warner Bros.)
  • “Jurassic World” (Universal Pictures)
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)
  • “The Martian” (20th Century Fox)
  • “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “The Revenant” (20th Century Fox)
  • “Spectre” (Sony Pictures)
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Walt Disney)
  • “Terminator Genisys” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Tomorrowland” (Walt Disney)
  • “The Walk” (Sony Pictures)

What films will make the cut?