Oscar Visual Effects shortlist: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘The Revenant’ …

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The Visual Effects branch executive committee just cut the field for Best Visual Effects in half from 20 contenders to just 10 on the shortlist. All branch members are invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 9, 2016.  Following the screening, they will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. 

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Still in the running are: 

“Ant-Man”
“Avengers: Age of Ultron”
“Ex Machina”
“Jurassic World”
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
“The Revenant”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
“Tomorrowland”
“The Walk”

Cut were “Bridge of Spies,” “Chappie,” “Everest,” “Furious 7,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” “In the Heart of the Sea," “Jupiter Ascending,” “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” “Spectre” and “Terminator Genisys." 

Eight of the our predicted top 10 contenders for Best Visual Effects made the cut. "Ex Machina" and "Ant Man" are in 11th and 12th respectively on our chart with the eliminated "In the Heart of the Sea" at #8 and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" at #10. 

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" currently leads our predictions with odds of 23/10, followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" (10/3) and "The Martian" (4/1). Has your opinion changed now that the shortlist has been unveiled?

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" photo credit: Walt Disney Pictures

"Mad Max: Fury Road" photo credit: Moviestore/REX

"The Revenant" photo credit: Moviestore/REX

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