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2019 Oscar Predictions – Best Visual Effects

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.

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The Nominees:

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2019 Oscar Nominations Predictions – Best Visual Effects

Note: Annihilation is no longer eligible for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. For some reason, it did not make the cut on the 2019 shortlist, in spite of it undoubtedly being the best visuals of any film on the below list. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina won this award for doing much less ambitious visual work. It doesn’t quite make sense.

Anyway, Best Visual Effects:

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The Nominees:

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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Visual Effects

Best Visual Effects is a fun Oscar category. Historically speaking, at least. I googled this award for like two minutes and was delighted at what I found. Just the growth of the award as technical capabilities have excelled. It’s fascinating. Just a little over a decade ago, the category only held three nominees. In some years, the category wasn’t even a competition; they just gave it to a film.

More about this in a bit. For now, let’s look at the nominees.

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The Nominees:

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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Visual Effects Nominees

The Best Visual Effects category has been narrowed down by the Academy to 10 films. Makes my job easier, sure, but even without the shortlist I think these five films would be the ones with the nominations.

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The Nominees:

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Academy Awards Predictions 2017 – Best Visual Effects

Visual effects, for some films, are pivotal. They make or break the film’s success. When effects are being honored by the Academy or elsewhere, it is often because the film’s either push the boundaries of the form, exemplify a careful precision to the craft, or utilize the vfx form to create immersive dynamic worlds that don’t exist in reality.

In regards to 2017, we have five films that all do at least one of these things very well. But I think there is one film that does all three…

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Best Visual Effects:

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2017 Academy Awards Nomination Predictions – Best Visual Effects

The visual effects category at the Academy Awards can be a tough category to call some years. Ex Machina winning last year was a big surprise to me, especially given Mad Max being in contention. The year before that you have Interstellar winning over Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, where either of those films could have taken the prize.

This year’s shortlist has a number of quality effects work on it. So…let’s get to it.

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2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Visual Effects

Star Wars vs. Mad Max. The action franchise duel of the year. Who will win? Do any other film stand a chance?

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In response to the latter, probably not. Some are pulling for Ex Machinaand, although the film is beautiful, it is a long long shot that it will pick up the award in this category. And The Revenant may pull an upset, but the real battle remains between Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Visual Effects