Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

Even if it does showcase prominent visual effects, “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” was a surprise nomination in the Best Visual Effects category (I had picked “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies” or “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” for the fifth spot). The reason for surprise is not because the visual effects were not impressive. However, the reason I picked the other two films to get nominated over this one is due to the fact that their previous installments had been nominated in this category the year’s they were released. No matter how much someone liked or disliked one of those films, they would still garner a Best Visual Effects nomination. Now, all of a sudden, those two go-to visual effects heavy films were overlooked for the seventh installment in Fox’s “X-Men” franchise, “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”. For what exact reasons I am not sure of, but regardless, it was nominated.

Why this becomes a surprise to be is because this film does not necessarily go anywhere the previous films didn’t go. The Wolverine’s claws still come out (both metal and bone), Mystique/Raven still transforms from naked blue mutant to anyone she pleases, and Magneto still moves metal objects with his mind. Yes, their are additional set pieces, like the sentinels of both the past and future, Blink’s ability to create space portals, Quicksilver’s ability to move extremely fast, entering into “The Matrix” penned bullet time, and Magneto lifting an entire baseball stadium and levitating throughout Washington D.C., but nothing I’ve described is particularly revolutionary, even by “X-Men” standards. Nightcrawler had a similar power to Blink and  Quicksilver. Magneto previously messed with giant structures including the Statue Of Liberty. And Phoenix’s killer power was much more impressive than the sentinels. So why choose “X-Men” now, rather than earlier? The only reason I can possibly think of is that it was overdue.

What’s its competition? Most of the time with surprise entries, I would say there was enough support to get it there so why wouldn’t there be enough to get it to win. But in the case of “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” everything in this category feels the better choice compared to it. “Interstellar” and “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” seem almost impossible to beat. And with three Marvel superhero films in this category, you would think the Academy would be more likely to award the higher earning installments, which are “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” respectively. The win here for “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” is finally being nominated.

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// Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, and Hutch Parker // Directed by Bryan Singer //
// Dated Viewed: Wednesday, January 29th, 2015 // BLU-RAY //  31 films – 26 days //

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