Monday, December 21, 2015
Today AMPAS announced the shortlist with 10 films that remain in the running in the Visual Effect category.
The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.
As a few days back the preliminary list was announced I'm identifying the films still in the competition with *BLUE.
Yesterday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that twenty (20) films are in the running in the Visual Effects category and advance in the voting process for #Oscars2016.
The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary shortlist. This year, in the Visual Effects category, the number of eligible films initially shortlisted for further consideration was increased to a maximum of 20 titles. The number of films that will be shortlisted for nominations voting remains at 10, which will be announced later this month.
*Avengers: Age of Ultron
Bridge of Spies
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
In the Heart of the Sea
*Mad Max: Fury Road
Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation
*Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Perhaps the most interesting outcome of the list is that the AMPAS committee has seen the latest (and very secretive) installment of Star Wars (lol). Some maybe recall the 3 first Star Wars winning the category in 1978, 1981 and 1984; consider that since the early eighties VFX's have change immensely, so unless new crew did something we can't imagine, film has strong competition in above list.
The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The 88th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.