I may not have been as high on the film as the general film-lover audience, but Annihilation deserved an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. Or at least sound editing, for that bear-monster foley…
Instead we have Ready Player One getting a nomination for Most CGI Effects.
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Christopher Robin
- First Man
- Ready Player One
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
Will Win: First Man
Could Win: Avengers: Infinity War
Dark Horse: Christopher Robin
Christopher Robin stands out for its visuals, but there is some uncanny valley action going on with those plush toys come to life.
In truth, this batch of five is somewhat strange. The more obvious blockbuster choices will likely act to cancel each other out. I hate to beat a dead horse, but a film like Annihilation or Black Panther in the mix would make this race a lot different. Alex Garland’s film Ex Machina won the award, and Black Panther is the mix of visual-forward film and award contender that could beat out the competition.
As the race is, though, it is somewhat of a toss-up. First Man does not seem like the likely winner when other films have decidedly more visual effects. But among the five, it stands out.
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