Oscar season is upon us, and with that comes a long campaign trail of studios trying to get their films noticed. In a sure to be a hotly contested race for the Academy Awards’ Best Visual Effects category, 20 films have advanced past the first step of a three-step process, and superhero fans are sure to be pleased.
Representing the DC Extended Universe, both Justice League—despite some CGI complaints—and Wonder Woman made it to the second step; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok all advanced for the Marvel Cinematic Universe; and as the sole X-film released this year by Fox, Logan stayed in the game.
Other notable films include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Blade Runner 2049, none of which should come as a surprise. The 20 films will then be narrowed down to 10 by the Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee with a second shortlist announced later in the month. The final vote will cut the field down to the final five nominees. The shortlist is open for voting by all members of the Visual Effects Branch.
You can view all the contenders below:
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Ghost in the Shell
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kong: Skull Island
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes
Nominations will be announced on January 23. Check back to HeroicHollywood.com for the latest Oscar nomination coverage. The Oscars will be held on March 4, 2018. Jimmy Kimmel will once again be hosting the biggest night in cinema at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
5 Superhero Projects You Should Be Excited About In 2018
Some people may complain about superhero fatigue, but for fans of the genre, 2018 looks like it will be an amazing year. Not only will hit shows like Marvel’s Daredevil and Arrow continue, but there are a lot of new projects coming for superhero fans. Ranging from games to movies, Marvel and DC have been hard at work turning their comic book characters into multimedia icons.
This list doesn’t even include things like New Mutants and The Runaways, two superhero projects coming in 2018. There are so many amazing things coming out of the comic book world, with new projects seemingly announced every day, so this is just a quick rundown of the five things that excite my inner fanboy.
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