The Best Visual Effects category has been narrowed down to ten contenders. The only film left off my “WAY TOO EARLY PREDICTIONS” was “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” but even as I stated then, I did not see all the Marvel films getting a nomination anyway. Right now, as I see it, “Avengers: Endgame” is the front-runner in this category. I believe “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will be everything we hope it is, visually, so I would also count that one in at this point as well. I think enough people will get behind the de-aging used in “The Irishman” to get that in. “The Lion King” was such a spectacle this year, that I could see it too getting a nomination. And as I stated as an alternate in the “WAY TOO EARLY PREDICTIONS,” “1917” could easily grab a nomination. My alternate this time would either be “Captain Marvel” or, if since it got this far, “Alita: Battle Angel.”

“The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films online or attend satellite bake-off screenings in January 2020. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.”

The actual nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

  • “1917”
  • “Avengers: Endgame”
  • “The Irishman”
  • “The Lion King”
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Here’s the full list:

  1. “1917”
  2. “Alita: Battle Angel”
  3. “Avengers: Endgame”
  4. “Captain Marvel”
  5. “Cats”
  6. “Gemini Man”
  7. “The Irishman”
  8. “The Lion King”
  9. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
  10. “Terminator: Dark Fate”

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