Oscars 2018: 20 Contenders Remain in the Visual Effects Category

20 Films Advance in the Visual Effects Oscar Category
Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Andy Serkis and Michael Adamthwaite on the set of Twentieth Century Fox’s ‘War for the Planet of the Apes.’

20 films remain in the running for consideration as 2018 Academy Award nominees in the Visual Effects category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee’s responsible for determining the films that have advanced to this stage of the Oscar nomination process. The committee will whittle the list down from 20 to 10 later this month.

Nominations will be announced for the 90th Oscars on Tuesday morning, January 23, 2018. Next year’s Academy Awards honoring the best in 2017 films will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The awards show will air live from Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood on ABC beginning at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET.

Partial Visual Effects Category Rules, Courtesy of AMPAS: “The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee shall review a reminder list of all eligible motion pictures and through a series of meetings, shall cast secret ballots to select a maximum of 20 films for further consideration. Achievements shall be judged within the parameters defined by the Executive Committee and on the basis of a) consideration of the contribution the visual effects make to the overall production and b) the artistry, skill and fidelity with which the visual illusions are achieved.”

“Following the running of the excerpts and discussion relative to the achievements, voting shall be conducted as follows:

a. A ballot shall be cast by all members of the Visual Effects Award Nominating Committee present on the ten productions under consideration.
b. Five productions shall be selected using reweighted range voting to become the nominations for final voting for the Visual Effects award.
c. Final voting for the Visual Effects award shall be restricted to active and life Academy members.”

The films on the short list in the Visual Effects category are:

    Alien: Covenant
    Beauty and the Beast
    Blade Runner 2049
    Ghost in the Shell
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
    Justice League
    Kong: Skull Island
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
    The Shape of Water
    Spider-Man Homecoming
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Thor: Ragnarok
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    War for the Planet of the Apes
    Wonder Woman