2018 Oscars Visual Effects shortlist: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ make the top 10

And then there were 10. The motion picture academy has significantly narrowed the race for Best Visual Effects, cutting the field in half from the preliminary shortlist of 20 to 10 Oscar contenders. The Visual Effects Branch executive committee selected the following films to advance to nominations voting:

“Alien: Covenant”
“Blade Runner 2049″
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
“Kong: Skull Island”
“The Shape of Water”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”

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Among these 10 films are two of the top box office draws of the year: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Also in the mix are more serious fare such as “Dunkirk,” “The Shape of Water” and “Okja” as well as sequels such as “Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planets of the Apes.”

The 10 films that didn’t make the cut were:

“Beauty and the Beast”
“Ghost in the Shell”
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
“Justice League”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
“Spider-Man Homecoming”
“Thor: Ragnarok”
“Wonder Woman”

Now that the executive committee of the branch has decided on the 10 semi-finalists, all members of the branch will be invited to a screening of excerpts from these films at which potential nominees may discuss their work. Ballots are counted using a system of re-weighted range voting to determine the five nominees that will be revealed on Jan. 23.

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