Why don’t Oscar voters go bananas for ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies like Visual Effects Society does?

The Visual Effects Society just awarded its third trophy to the “Planet of the Apes” franchise in the prestige category of Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture, this time for “War for the Planet of the Apes.” That follows recent victories for both “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014). Many of the 3,300 members of this guild, which consists of visual effects wizards, animators and artists, also belong to the film academy so overlap between VES Awards champs and Oscar winners is commonplace. But when it comes to “Planet of the Apes,” Oscar voters just haven’t gone bananas.

This year’s Oscars could change all of that, as Gold Derby’s combined odds predict that Best Visual Effects will be awarded to “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Directed by Matt Reeves, this third film in 20th Century Fox’s blockbuster reboot has leading 4/5 odds, just ahead of “Blade Runner 2049” in second place with odds of 17/10. The other three nominees are “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (25/1 odds), “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (66/1 odds) and “Kong: Skull Island” (80/1 odds).

In 2011 “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” lost the visual effects Oscar to fantasy film “Hugo” in a bit of a surprise. Three years later “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was bested by space epic “Interstellar.” While the current trilogy has yet to win an Oscar, the original 1968 film did take home an honorary prize for John Chambers for his make-up effects.

As our own Paul Sheehan reports, “In the 15-year history of the VES Awards, the winner of Best Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture has gone on to repeat at the Oscars 10 times, including last year when ‘The Jungle Book’ won both.” Will “War for the Planet of the Apes” finally takes home an Oscar on behalf of the entire reboot, or will it slip on a banana peel while crossing the finish line?

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