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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

Many sequels are vying for Best VFX, from "Blade Runner 2049" to "War for the Planet of the Apes." Updated 2/24/18.

"War for the Planet of the Apes."

“War for the Planet of the Apes.”

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A bunch of sequels and a war epic are vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, from Lucasfilm’s mighty “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.).

Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which advances its visual effects technology over the last Matt Reeves installment, features Weta Digital’s astonishing array of digital apes led by performance capture master Andy Serkis as Caesar, and could win Weta’s Joe Letteri (“Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) his fifth Oscar. Another visually sumptuous sequel is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” And Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is also impressive.

“Blade Runner 2049”

Frontrunner:

Joe Leterri, Dan Lemmon, Eric Winquist, Dan Cervin (“War for the Planet of the Apes”)

Contenders:

Richard Clegg, Paul Lambert, Viktor Muller, John Nelson (“Blade Runner 2049”)
Richard Bain, Ben Morris, Michael Mulholland, Chris Corbould (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)
Matthew Crnich, Ray McMaster, Kevin Andrew Smith, Doug Spilatro, Christopher Townsend (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”)
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White,Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus (“Kong Skull Island”)

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