Academy narrows on the list of contenders for visual effects award


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed on the contenders of the Visual Effects Oscar nominations to 20. They range from blockbusters and would-be blockbusters to specialty fare and two films that haven’t released yet.

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.

Then the list is peppered with others such huge-grossing films as Thor: Ragnarok and Logan besides 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 while the ceremony will be held on March 4 at the Dolby Theater.