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We are getting into the thick of it when it comes to award season in the film industry. Moreover, we are getting closer and closer to the most prestigious award ceremony of them all; the Oscars. Speculation has already begun when it comes to predicting what films will be nominated for an Oscar. While a lot of focus is on categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, we must not forget the technical categories.
Certainly, the technical elements of filmmaking such as cinematography, sound design and visual effects deserve just as much recognition as the acting, direction and/or the overall quality of the film. We now have a better idea of what films could get nominated in the category of Best Visual Effects.
Ten Finalists Selected
Indeed, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science have selected ten films that are the finalists to be nominated in the category of Best Visual Effects. Predictably, the list of films is dominated by big budget spectacles. The films selected are Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Okja, The Shape of Water, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and War for the Planet of the Apes.
Now, I have not seen all of the films on this list. Still, even I can see that a lot of the films on this list were guaranteed to be selected. Certainly, Blade Runner 2049, War for the Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are films whose visual effects are stunning. Out of all the others, I would argue that War for the Planet of the Apes seems the most likely to get an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.
For me, the films in that franchise have pushed the boundaries in terms of what can be achieved with visual effects. I mean, just look at the motion capture used for the apes in that film. They look so real that it is a bit frightening but in the best possible way. I hope Academy voters feel that War for the Planet of the Apes is worthy of an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects just like I do. Still, we will just have to wait and see what films on this list receive the honour of an Oscar nomination.
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