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.
20 CONTENDERS ADVANCE IN VFX OSCAR® RACE
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:
“Alita: Battle Angel”
“Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“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.