92nd Oscars: Visual Effects Semifinalists

Below is the press release from the Academy listing the twenty semifinalists for the Visual Effects nominations. This list will be whittled down to ten later this month. I’m not too surprised by the films on my hopefuls list being admitted. Dark Phoenix, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Missing Link, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, and Rocketman were all longshots anyway. I am surprised, though, to see Cats on the list. The trailer alone suggested the effects were terrible, but this might renew hope that they are better than expected.


LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 92nd Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Ad Astra”
“The Aeronauts”
“Alita: Battle Angel”
“Avengers: Endgame”
“Captain Marvel”
“Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Gemini Man”
“The Irishman”
“Jumanji: The Next Level”
“The Lion King”
“Men in Black: International”
“Spider-Man: Far from Home”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“Terminator: Dark Fate”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary list of films eligible for further awards consideration. Later this month, the committee will select a shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

The 92nd Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


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  1. My theory for Cats is that the (disgustingly huge) budget was all for developing original software for motion capturing and rendering fur in a completely new way, which is why I kept it on my list, despite it being a completely awful end result. I feel the mentality behind it was, “Well, we already blew this much money on developing the software for this, dammit, we’re gonna use it!”

  2. Well, called 17/20 of these. While I should have seen Fast and Furious Present: Hobbes & Shaw, surprised by Ford V Ferrari & WAAAAY out of left field Aeronauts (gonna have to look that one up). I actually had Godzilla, Dark Phoenix, & Maleficent in their place. (Didn’t think they were gonna make the final 10 any way)

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