Predict Best Visual Effects Oscar: Will Marvel movies rule?

Even though the Best Visual Effects Oscar used to belong to summer blockbusters, 10 of the last 14 winner have been Best Picture nominees, including the last six in a row: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Avatar,” “Inception,” “Hugo,” “Life of Pi,” and “Gravity.”

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That could be good news for Best Picture contender “Interstellar,” Christopher Nolan‘s latest sci-fi drama. He also directed the aforementioned “Inception.” “Birdman” and “Unbroken” could also capitalize on this fact.

No comic book movie has won Best Visual Effects since “Spider-Man 2” in 2004. It’s the only such film to win the race competitively; before that “Superman” won a Special Achievement Award for its effects in 1978. But numerous comic-book adaptations are in the running this year. Effects-heavy “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” are 2014’s box-office champs so far. Another pair of Marvel sequels are also possibilities: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

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The Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” also has comic-book origins. Bay himself directed the latest film in his “Transformers” franchise, “Age of Extinction“; two previous “Transformers” films have been nominated for their effects.

Peter Jackson‘s “Hobbit” trilogy has also proven successful in this race; “An Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug” contended in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The final installment, “The Battle of the Five Armies,” could continue that streak this year.

Other sci-fi films that could content include “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Godzilla,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” and “RoboCop.”

Fantasy films vying for bids include “Maleficent,” “Noah,” and “Into the Woods.”

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