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

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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