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Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects

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The contenders (with films I have seen in bold -- basically everything that has already been released or screened for media in my neck of the woods):

  • “Ant-Man and the Wasp”
  • “Aquaman”
  • “Avengers: Infinity War”
  • “Black Panther”
  • “Bumblebee”
  • “Christopher Robin”
  • “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
  • “First Man”
  • “Incredibles 2”
  • “Isle of Dogs”
  • “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
  • “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
  • “Mortal Engines”
  • “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”
  • “Paddington 2”
  • “A Quiet Place”
  • “Ready Player One”
  • “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
  • “Welcome to Marwen”

Note: there are two animated films on this list (Incredibles 2 and Isle of Dogs)!

A shortlist of 10 movies will be released later this month. The final nominees will be announced January 22.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Christopher Robin
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Paddington 2
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The winner will be announced February 2.

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The shortlist (with the ones I've seen in bold):   

  • “Ant-Man and the Wasp”
  • “Avengers: Infinity War”
  • “Black Panther”
  • “Christopher Robin”
  • “First Man”
  • “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
  • “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • “Ready Player One”
  • “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
  • “Welcome to Marwen”

Notably, only three of the Annie Award nominees are represented here.

The final five Oscar nominees will be announced January 22. 

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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The Visual Effects Society award nominees:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Christopher Robin
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Welcome to Marwen

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

  • 12 Strong
  • Bird Box
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • Outlaw King

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

  • Avengers: Infinity War; Thanos
  • Christopher Robin; Tigger
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Indoraptor
  • Ready Player One; Art3mis

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp; Journey to the Quantum Realm
  • Aquaman; Atlantis
  • Ready Player One; The Shining, Overlook Hotel
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story; Vandor Planet

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

  • Aquaman; Third Act Battle
  • Echo; Time Displacement
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Gyrosphere Escape
  • Ready Player One; New York Race
  • Welcome to Marwen; Town of Marwen

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

  • Avengers: Infinity War; Nidavellir Forge Megastructure
  • Incredibles 2; Underminer Vehicle
  • Mortal Engines; London
  • Ready Player One; DeLorean DMC-12
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story; Millennium Falcon

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

  • Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
  • Avengers: Infinity War; Wakanda
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Venom

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

  • Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
  • First Man
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Welcome to Marwen

So: 6 nominations in 5 categories for Avengers: Infinity War; 5 nominations for Ready Player One; 3 nominations apiece for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Welcome to Marwen; 2 nominations apiece for Aquaman, Christopher Robin and First Man; and 1 nomination apiece for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Bird Box, Bohemian Rhapsody, Echo, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mortal Engines, Outlaw King, 12 Strong and Venom (and Incredibles 2, the only animated film to be nominated in the 'Outstanding Model' category; it is also one of four films that are nominated in all four of the exclusively-animated categories).

Notably, all of the films on the Oscar shortlist are represented here *except* for Black Panther and Mary Poppins Returns. (Strikingly, Black Panther did not get a single nomination, but Avengers: Infinity War is nominated for its depiction of Wakanda!) Aquaman is the only film with multiple VES nominations that is not on the Oscar shortlist (though it was on the longlist). The VES has also nominated two Netflix releases (Bird Box and Outlaw King) and four other films (Bohemian Rhapsody, Echo, 12 Strong and Venom) that were not on the Oscar longlist, much less its shortlist (notably, four of the six films that were not on the longlist are VES nominees for "supporting" effects, i.e. the films in question were not the sort of films in which visual effects played a leading role).

Also notable: there are only two films that were nominated by both the VES and the Annie Awards for character animation in a live-action/photoreal movie, said films being Avengers: Infinity War and Christopher Robin. The Annies also nominated Mary Poppins Returns, Paddington 2 and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, whereas the VES nominated Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Ready Player One.

The winners will be announced February 5.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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