The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have pared to 10 films the finalists for the Outstanding Visual Effects category, with the last-minute entry Star Wars: The Last Jedi among those making the cut.
Among the other notables on the list is Okja, the Netflix movie from Bong Joon-ho that only hit theaters long enough to qualify for Oscar consideration. Also, two films that are bucking the norm for also being firmly in the Best Picture hunt: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water.
Here’s the shortlist, determined by the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch executive committee:
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes
From here, all members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on January 6. The vote to nominate five films will come immediately after, and nominations will be unveiled January 23.
The 90th Oscars are Sunday, March 4.
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