Oscar 2017: Visual Effects Contenders

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced on Friday the 20 films that will advance in the visual effects race.

Films competing for the VFX Oscar:

“Alice Through the Looking Glass”
“Arrival”
“The BFG”
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
“Captain America: Civil War”
“Deadpool”
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Independence Day: Resurgence”
“The Jungle Book”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
“Passengers”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad”
“Sully”
“Warcraft”
“X-Men: Apocalypse”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee will narrow the list further to 10 for the bakeoff stage in a few weeks. From there, nominees will be chosen, announced on Thursday, January 24.
 Frontrunners in the field appear to be films like “The Jungle Book,” “Rogue One” and “Doctor Strange.”

But contenders also include Spielberg’s “The BFG,” which was supervised by five-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri, and Clint Eastwood’s “Sully.”

Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” is a stop-motion film, blending practical and digital effects.

Films that missed the cut include Critics’ Choice nominee “A Monster Calls” and Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon.”