Visual Effects Oscar Shortlist Is Out: From Blockbusters To Specialty Pics

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field for Visual Effects Oscar nominations to 20, ranging from blockbusters and would-be blockbusters to specialty fare and two films that haven’t hit theaters yet.

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The list includes seven of the year’s 10 biggest domestic grossers including the top four —Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man Homecoming. It is peppered with others such huge-grossing films as Thor: Ragnarok and Logan alongside big-budget underperformers Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Alien: Covenant, Ghost in the Shell and specialty pics The Shape of Water and Okja.

The shortlist also features a pair of films that have yet to be released: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 18) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (December 20).

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary shortlist. Later this month, the committee will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting. Nominations for the 90th Oscars will be announced on January 23, and the ceremony is set for March 4 at the Dolby Theater.

Here is the full list of 20 films vying for the VFX Oscar:

Alien: Covenant
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Ghost in the Shell
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Justice League
Kong: Skull Island
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The Shape of Water
Spider-Man Homecoming
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Thor: Ragnarok
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman

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