Oscars predictions: Experts split on Visual Effects with 14 for ‘Interstellar,’ 7 for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

A slight majority of our Oscars Experts — 14 of 24 — predict Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi epic “Interstellar” will win Best Visual Effects. That support gives it leading odds of 5/6.

Seven experts disagree with the consensus and are predicting “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” as the winner. They are: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Dave Karger (Fandango), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood). That gives “Dawn” second-place odds of 12/5.

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Three others think the comic-book blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” will prevail: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter) and Thom Geier. It ranks third with 6/1 odds.

None of our experts are predicting either of the other two nominees — “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — both of which trail with 100/1 odds.

Our majority disagree with the Visual Effects Society Awards, where “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” won three, including their top prize, Best Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Film. “Interstellar” only won for Created Environment.

Then again, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” also won over the VES in 2011, but lost the Oscar to “Hugo.” And in 2007, VES champ “Transformers” was defeated at the Oscars by “The Golden Compass.”

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The two groups differed one other time: in 2004, when the VES chose “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and the academy picked “Spider-Man 2.”

Review the individual predictions of our Experts here. And be sure to check out the Experts’ collective rankings and racetrack odds.

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