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These 20 Films Have Advanced In VFX Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 20 films that have been shortlisted for the 2017 visual effects Academy Award.

This preliminary shortlist was determined by the executive committee of the Academy’s visual effects branch. Later this month, the committee will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order. Cartoon Brew has been providing in-depth coverage of visual effects work all year long; click on the linked titles for our coverage of those films.

Also be sure to read our predictions for this year’s category.

The shortlisted films are:

The Academy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

  • SnicksterFace

    Clearly Justice League is the winner here.

    • HN

      Is this sarcasm? Have you seen the CGI in Justice League? One of the worsts in superhero films this year.

  • Renard N. Bansale

    My Nominees for Best Visual Effects 2017 (pre-final shortlist):
    (out of 217 new releases seen as of this comment)
    — Blade Runner 2049
    — Dunkirk
    — Kong: Skull Island
    — Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets
    — War for the Planet of the Apes

    • Mark Rossmore

      I’m not sure about Dunkirk. I enjoyed it and thought It had great visuals, but I’m not sure it was effects-heavy enough to warrant the VFX Oscar. I mean that in a good way. Who needs extensive CGI when you can bolt a real IMAX camera to the side of a real Spitfire, modify a two seat Yak-52 so you can shoot your aerial scenes actually in the air, tow out an actual 350ft French destroyer for use as a set, or shoot on a fleet of boats which were actually used at Dunkirk? It was beautiful, and there are certainly CGI and other effects used throughout, but I’d have to give it to Blade Runner 2049.