Looking at this list of films in contention for the Best Visual Effects nominations shows you exactly how good of a year it was in film, especially where visual effects were concerned. Consisting of three superhero films, four sequels, a reboot, a re-imagining, and one original science fiction fare, this is also a perfect dissection of where the Hollywood blockbuster is at. I question where “Snowpiercer” is on this list, but with such huge competition anyway, it does not really matter.

“Interstellar” is the obvious frontrunner of the group, with most saying it is Christopher Nolan’s award to lose this year. With its revolutionary motion capture performances, I highly expect to see “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” in the race too, with Andy Serkis’ performance being mulled over about possible recognition as well. History tells us that “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” and “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies” are likely candidates to grab nominations, as two of three previous “Transformers” movies and both of the previous “The Hobbit” films have garnered those accolades. That leaves the final spot going to, in my opinion, either “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” which was highly popular this year and does exhibit some of the best visual effects of the year or “Godzilla,” which recreates the iconic behemoth monster. I would lean towards “Guardians,” however” as the rendering of Godzilla was actually panned by many critics.

Here is the fill list of films left in contention:

  • “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
  • “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Godzilla”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  • “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Maleficent”
  • “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”
  • “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

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