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‘The Aeronauts,’ ‘The Irishman’ & ‘Ad Astra’ Among Twenty Films Advancing in the VFX Oscar Race

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Twenty films have now been selected from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to vie for the Best Visual Effects spot at the 92nd Academy Awards. A few of the films on the contending shortlist include Amazon Studio’s “The Aeronauts,” Disney’s “Aladdin,” Twentieth Century Fox’s crowd-pleasing “Ford v Ferrari,” Disney’s photorealistic animated revival of “The Lion King” and the anticipated “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” whose recent franchise predecessor “Solo: A Star Wars Story” secured a spot at the awards category with a nomination.

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Read the press release below.

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.

What do you think of the films that made the cut for Visual Effects? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.


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