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The 20-film shortlist:

  • “Alien: Covenant”
  • “Beauty and the Beast”
  • “Blade Runner 2049
  • “Dunkirk”
  • ‘‘Ghost in the Shell”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
  • “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
  • “Justice League”
  • “Kong: Skull Island”
  • “Life”
  • “Logan”
  • “Okja”
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
  • “The Shape of Water”
  • “Spider-Man Homecoming”
  • “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
  • “Thor: Ragnarok”
  • “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
  • “War for the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Wonder Woman”

An even shorter list of 10 films will come out later this month. The final five nominees will be announced, along with all the other Oscar nominations, on January 23.

"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 Annie Award nominees for Character Animation in a Live Action Production:

  • Game of Thrones S7 Ep.6 Beyond The Wall
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

The winner will be announced February 3.

"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 10-movie shortlist:

  • “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”
  • “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Worth noting: all four of the feature films nominated by the Annies for their character animation made the Oscar shortlist.

And only one of this year's Marvel or DC comic-book movies made the cut.

The final five nominees will be announced, along with all the other Oscar nominees, on January 23.

"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 award nominations, starting with the photoreal-feature-only categories:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

  • Darkest Hour
  • Downsizing
  • Dunkirk
  • mother!
  • Only the Brave

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

  • Blade Runner 2049; Rachael
  • Kong: Skull Island; Kong
  • War for the Planet of the Apes; Bad Ape
  • War for the Planet of the Apes; Caesar

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

  • Blade Runner 2049; Los Angeles
  • Blade Runner 2049; Trash Mesa
  • Blade Runner 2049; Vegas
  • War for the Planet of the Apes; Hidden Fortress
  • War for the Planet of the Apes; Prison Camp

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

  • Beauty and the Beast; Be Our Guest
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; Groot Dance/Opening Fight
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Crait Surface Battle
  • Thor: Ragnarok; Valkyrie’s Flashback

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Only the Brave; Fire & Smoke
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Bombing Run
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Mega Destroyer Destruction
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

  • Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Approach and Joy Holograms
  • Kong: Skull Island Nelson Sepulveda Aaron Brown Paolo Acri
  • Thor: Ragnarok; Bridge Battle
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

So the tally is:

  • 7 nominations in 5 categories -- War for the Planet of the Apes
  • 6 nominations in 4 categories -- Blade Runner 2049
  • 4 nominations -- Kong: Skull Island
  • 4 nominations in 3 categories -- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • 2 nominations -- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Only the Brave, Thor: Ragnarok
  • 1 nomination -- Beauty and the Beast, Darkest Hour, Downsizing, Dunkirk, mother!

But there is one other category in which a photoreal feature is nominated:

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

  • Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters
  • Despicable Me 3; Dru’s Car
  • Life; The ISS
  • US Marines; Anthem; Monument

So Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes are tied for the most VES nominations of any film this year.

Also worth noting: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Worlds is the only theatrical Annie Award nominee for character animation that was snubbed by the VES entirely. Of the other nine films on the Academy's visual-effects shortlist, the VES also snubbed Alien: Covenant, Okja and The Shape of Water.

The winners will be announced February 13.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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And the nominees are...

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

So, all four of the films that got at least 4 guild nominations, plus Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 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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On 12/4/2017 at 8:36 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Annie Award nominees for Character Animation in a Live Action Production:

  • Game of Thrones S7 Ep.6 Beyond The Wall
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

The winner will be announced February 3.

And the winner is... War for the Planet of the Apes.

"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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On 1/16/2018 at 11:19 AM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Visual Effects Society award nominations, starting with the photoreal-feature-only categories:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature . . .

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

  • Dunkirk . . .

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature . . .

  • War for the Planet of the Apes; Caesar

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

  • Blade Runner 2049; Los Angeles . . .

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; Groot Dance/Opening Fight . . .

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature . . .

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature . . .

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

So the tally is:

  • 7 nominations in 5 categories -- War for the Planet of the Apes
  • 6 nominations in 4 categories -- Blade Runner 2049
  • 4 nominations -- Kong: Skull Island
  • 4 nominations in 3 categories -- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • 2 nominations -- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Only the Brave, Thor: Ragnarok
  • 1 nomination -- Beauty and the Beast, Darkest Hour, Downsizing, Dunkirk, mother!

But there is one other category in which a photoreal feature is nominated:

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

  • Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters . . .

So Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes are tied for the most VES nominations of any film this year. . . .

The winners will be announced February 13.

And the winners are...

  • War for the Planet of the Apes (four awards, including the top overall award),
  • Blade Runner 2049 (two awards, including the category that was open to games and animated films),
  • Dunkirk and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (one award each, notably in categories where Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes were not nominated).

Dunkirk is the only VES award winner that is *not* nominated for the Oscar in this category.

"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
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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