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Top Ten Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: Snubs and Frontrunners

Top Ten Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: Snubs and Frontrunners

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visual Effects branch executive committee has reduced the number of Visual Effects Oscar contenders to a shortlist of ten. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be able to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films at the annual VFX bakeoff on Saturday, January 10, 2015 and will then vote to nominate the final five.  

Notably missing from the shortlist are Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: God and Kings,” Sony sequel “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” and Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner “Edge of Tomorrow.”

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
    “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”
Of that list, the likely frontrunners are: Marvel’s “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.”
The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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