And then there were 20. The motion picture academy has significantly pared down the field for Best Visual Effects, narrowing the race to the final 20 Oscar contenders. The Visual Effects Branch executive committee determined the preliminary shortlist. Later this month, the committee will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting from among these 20 films:
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049″
‘‘Ghost in the Shell”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
“Kong: Skull Island”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
After the executive committee of the branch determines the 10 semi-finalists, all members of the branch are invited to a screening of excerpts from these 10 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.
Among these 20 films are the top four box office draws of the year: “Beauty and the Beast,” “Wonder Woman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Spider-Man Homecoming.” 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” and the upcoming installment of the “Star Wars” franchise.
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