Here we are only two months out from the Academy Awards and a little over a month away from the nominations. Today, the Best Visual Effects category has been parred down to twenty, with the biggest budget films filling the VFX landscape. The obvious front-runner has to be “Avengers: Endgame” while the yet-to-be-seen “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” already looks visually stunning. The question of where Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King” would end up this year was answered, as it shows up here along with some big Oscar contenders including “The Irishman” and “1917” and possibly even “Ford v Ferrari.” The films that have little chance I assume would be “Alita: Battle Angel” and “Cats” just because of how panned they’ve been by the public, but since “Cats” is based on a musical, I guess I find it hard to count it out. “Dumbo” and especially its visual effects were atrocious and I find it hard to believe that “Gemini Man,” “Jumanji: The Next Level,” or “Men In Black International” will make the cut. The Marvel films, like “Captain Marvel” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” have a much better chance, and with the creativity and wonderful execution of Mysterio and his nightmare sequences, I could see “Far From Home” making the cut.

If I had to guess right now, which five films will end up grabbing an Academy Award nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, they would be:


WAY TOO EARLY PREDICTIONS
  • “Avengers: Endgame”
  • “The Irishman”
  • “The Lion King” (if not this, then “1917”)
  • “Spider-Man: Far From Home”
  • “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker”

Here’s the full list:

  1. “Ad Astra”
  2. “The Aeronauts”
  3. “Aladdin”
  4. “Alita: Battle Angel”
  5. “Avengers: Endgame”
  6. “Captain Marvel”
  7. “Cats”
  8. “Dumbo”
  9. “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
  10. “Ford v Ferrari”
  11. “Gemini Man”
  12. “The Irishman”
  13. “Jumanji: The Next Level”
  14. “The Lion King”
  15. “Men in Black: International”
  16. “Midway”
  17. “1917”
  18. “Spider-Man: Far from Home”
  19. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
  20. “Terminator: Dark Fate”
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