2018 Visual Effects Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunners ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’ lead

No surprise that “War for the Planets of the Apes” did well with the Visual Effects Society Awards, reaping a leading seven bids for the 16th annual edition of these kudos. After all, it is the clear frontrunner for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars. Its closest rival at the Academy Awards — “Blade Runner 2049” — also picked up seven nominations.

Both films contend in the VES equivalent of the Best Picture race — visual effects in a feature motion picture — along with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,”  “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” All five number among the 10 films still vying for the five Visual Effects slots at the Oscars.

The supporting visual effects nominees are: “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Dunkirk,” “Mother!” and “Only the Brave.” Of these, only “Dunkirk” is still in the running for the Oscars. The other Oscar contenders, “Alien: Covenant,” “Ojka,” “The Shape of Water” and“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” were shut out.

And the animated feature nominees are: “Captain Underpants,” “Cars 3,” “Coco,” “Despicable Me 3,” “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “The LEGO Ninjago Movie.”

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Nominees in 24 categories were selected by VES members via events hosted by 10 ten sections, including Australia, Bay Area, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Toronto and Vancouver. The VES Awards will be held on February 13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Jon Favreau while the Georges Méliès Award will be presented to four-time Oscar champ Joe Letteri.

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