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The preliminary shortlist:

  •     “Ant-Man”
  •     “Avengers: Age of Ultron”
  •     “Bridge of Spies”
  •     “Chappie”
  •     “Everest”
  •     “Ex Machina”
  •     “Furious Seven”
  •     “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”
  •     “In the Heart of the Sea”
  •     “Jupiter Ascending”
  •     “Jurassic World”
  •     “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  •     “The Martian”
  •     “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”
  •     “The Revenant”
  •     “Spectre”
  •     “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  •     “Terminator Genisys”
  •     “Tomorrowland”
  •     “The Walk”

The shortlist will be shortened even more, to 10 films, later this month.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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The ten-movie shortlist:

  • “Ant-Man”
  • “Avengers: Age of Ultron”
  • “Ex Machina”
  • “Jurassic World”
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  • “The Martian”
  • “The Revenant”
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  • “Tomorrowland”
  • “The Walk”

So Bridge of Spies, Chappie, Everest, Furious 7, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, In the Heart of the Sea, Jupiter Ascending, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, SPECTRE and Terminator Genisys got the boot.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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The Visual Effects Society has announced its nominees:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Furious 7
San Andreas
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
In the Heart of the Sea
Bridge of Spies
The Walk
Everest
The Revenant

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
The Walk; World Trade Center
Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase / Graveyard
Ant-Man; The Microverse
Jurassic World; Jungle Chase
Tomorrowland; Tomorrowland Center

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature
Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Maz
The Revenant; The Bear
Avengers: Age of Ultron; Hulk
Chappie; Chappie

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
Ant-Man; Macro Action
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation; Underwater Torus Chamber
Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase / Graveyard
The Walk; Towers Walk

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
San Andreas; Los Angeles Destruction
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tomorrowland
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant; Bear Attack

Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Star Wars: The Force Awakens; BB-8
Avengers: Age of Ultron; Hulkbuster
Everest; Mt. Everest
Jurassic World; Indominus Rex

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
Mad Max: Fury Road; Toxic Storm
Avengers: Age of Ultron; Hulk vs Hulkbuster
San Andreas; Hoover Dam / San Francisco Tsunami
San Andreas; Los Angels Destruction
Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Starkiller Base

The film with the most nominations is Star Wars: The Force Awakens (7 nominations). The runner-ups are San Andreas (4 nominations in 3 categories) and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and The Walk (3 nominations),  and then come Ant-Man, Everest, Jurassic World and Tomorrowland (2 nominations), and the films that have only a single nomination are Bridge of Spies, Chappie, Furious 7, In the Heart of the Sea, The Martian and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

The winners will be announced on February 2.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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It bums me out that there doesn't seem to be any way to add polls to existing threads in the current version of the board, but oh well.

The nominees for the Oscar are (with the ones I've seen in bold):

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Interesting that Ex Machina, a film completely ignored by the VES, got in there.

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On 1/12/2016 at 1:37 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Visual Effects Society has announced its nominees: . . .

The film with the most nominations is Star Wars: The Force Awakens (7 nominations). The runner-ups are San Andreas (4 nominations in 3 categories) and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and The Walk (3 nominations),  and then come Ant-Man, Everest, Jurassic World and Tomorrowland (2 nominations), and the films that have only a single nomination are Bridge of Spies, Chappie, Furious 7, In the Heart of the Sea, The Martian and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

The winners will be announced on February 2.

And the winners are... Star Wars: The Force Awakens with 4, The Revenant with 3, and Mad Max: Fury Road with 1.

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I forgot to make note, back when the Annie Award nominations were announced, of the fact that the Annies have categories for live-action films. These *were* the nominees this year:

Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

  • Jurassic World – Animated Effects
  • Marvel’s Avengers : Age of Ultron – Sokovia Destruction
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production

  • Jurassic World – Indominus Rex
  • Marvel’s Avengers : Age of Ultron – The Hulk
  • Marvel’s Avengers : Age of Ultron – Ultron
  • The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies – AZOG
  • The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies – SMAUG
  • The Revenant – Judy

The winners were announced tonight, and they were: Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Revenant, respectively. (I can only assume this is of limited use for predicting the Oscars, because the Annies nominated December 2014 release The Hobbit 3 and not December 2015 release Star Wars 7; the Annies must have a different cut-off date than the Oscars do.)

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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