‘Jungle Book,’ ‘Kubo,’ ‘Rogue One’ Among Shortlist for Best Visual Effects

Best Visual Effects

The Jungle Book,” “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Rogue One” are advancing in the Best Visual Effects Oscar race. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 20-film shortlist for the category Friday.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the inclusion of “Kubo” is notable because it’s unusual for an animated film to make the cut. The film utilizes a unique mix of stop-motion and digital technology. The last “animated” film to be nominated in the category was “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the 1993 Oscars. That film was a stop-motion one as well.

The VFX branch of the Academy decides on the shortlist, and will whittle it down to 10 films later this month.

The shortlist is below, in alphabetical order:

  1. “Alice Through The Looking Glass”
  2. “Arrival”
  3. “The BFG”
  4. “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice”
  5. “Captain America: Civil War”
  6. “Deadpool”
  7. “Deepwater Horizon”
  8. “Doctor Strange”
  9. “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”
  10. “Independence Day: Resurgence”
  11. “The Jungle Book”
  12. “Kubo and the Two Strings”
  13. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
  14. “Passengers”
  15. “Rogue One”
  16. “Star Trek Beyond”
  17. “Suicide Squad”
  18. “Sully”
  19. “Warcraft”
  20. “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Tell us: What do you think of the Best Visual Effects shortlist so far? What films do you think will make the final cut? Let us know in the comments below!