As we begin to edge closer and closer into the awards season for the movies of 2016, we are getting some peeks here and there of some of the potential nominations. We can now confirm that there is a shortlist of 10 movies competing for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
If there's one thing that can be said for 2016 films, it's that there were some pretty spectacular visual effects (VFX for short) to be seen. Marvel didn't hold back any punches and the sci-fi genre let loose some incredible effects as it always does. We even had some awesopme puppetry.
The current shortlist stands at a healthy 10 films which will then be whittled down to 5 nominations for the Oscar. The shortlist is:
- Captain America: Civil War (Marvel Studios)
- Doctor Strange (Marvel Studios)
- Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika Studios)
- The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Pictures)
- Deepwater Horizon (Summit Entertainment)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros.)
- The BFG (Walt Disney Pictures)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
- Passengers (Columbia Pictures)
- Arrival (Paramount Pictures)
As you can see there, some bloody impressive films have made the shortlist. Nobody will be surprised with Rogue One or Fantastic Beasts making the list, they were spectacular. As usual, Marvel get's a couple of nods but I think Doctor Strange is a very strong contender this year. We can't forget the Kubo isn't an animation; it's all live-action puppetry with added VFX and it proved for a ridiculously amazing spectacle.
My prediction is that the nominations will go to Kubo and the Two Strings, Arrival, The Jungle Book, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But that's just my guess, there's tough competition for this category this year with some very worthy contenders.
The 89th Academy Awards will be held on 26th February and shall be hosted by US chat-show host, Jimmy Kimmel.