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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

Wonder Woman 1984” gets a HBO Max date and it looks like the one that can tackle “Tenet” and “The Midnight Sky” in the visual effects race. Is it the hero the Oscars deserve but doesn’t need right now?

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories


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“Sonic the Hedgehog” from Paramount Pictures Erin Nyren

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "Tenet" (Warner Bros.)
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "Wonder Woman 1984" (HBO Max/Warner Bros)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "The Midnight Sky" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "The Invisible Man" (Universal Pictures)
    Jonathan Dearing (VFX Supervisor), Dan Oliver (Special Effects Supervisor)

  5. "Sonic the Hedgehog" (Paramount Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

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JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY (2020)
Diaana Babnicova as Young Jessica Jangle and Justin Cornwell as Young Jeronicus Jangle.
Cr.Gareth Gatrell/NETFLIX
Gareth Gatrell/NETFLIX

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Mulan" (Disney Plus)
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "Greyhound" (Apple TV Plus)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" (Warner Bros.)
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "Mank" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  5. "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

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Courtesy of Netflix

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "The Witches" (HBO Max)
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "Onward" (Pixar)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "Doolittle" (Universal Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "Palm Springs" (Hulu/Neon)
    Nominees to be announced

  5. "News of the World" (Universal Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  6. "Antlers" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  7. "The Call of the Wild" (20th Century Studios)
    Nominees to be determined

  8. "The Wretched" (IFC Midnight)
    Nominees to be determined

  9. "Over the Moon" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  10. "Bad Hair" (Hulu)
    Nominees to be determined

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Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa star in Screen Gems and Constantin Films MONSTER HUNTER. Photos By: Coco Van Oppens Photography

ALSO IN CONTENTION:

  1. "Da 5 Bloods" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "The Life Ahead" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "The Croods: A New Age" (DreamWorks Animation)
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "Monster Hunter" (Screen Gems and Constantin Films)
    Nominees to be announced


  5. "The King's Man" (Sony Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  6. "Soul" (Pixar)
    Nominees to be determined

  7. "Bill & Ted Face the Music" (United Artists Releasing)
    Nominees to be announced

  8. "Relic" (IFC Midnight)
    Nominees to be determined

  9. "The Lodge" (Neon)
    Nominees to be determined

  10. "The New Mutants" (20th Century Studios)
    Nominees to be announced

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Peter Rabbit 2

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "Bad Boys for Life" (Sony Pictures) – Nominees to be announced
  • "Bloodshot" (Sony Pictures) – Nominees to be announced
  • "Cherry" (Apple TV Plus) – Nominees to be announced
  • "Dead Reckoning" (Shout! Studios) – Nominees to be announced
  • "Fantasy Island" (Sony Pictures) – Nominees to be announced
  • "Freaky" (Universal Pictures) – Nominees to be announced
  • "The Hunt" (Sony Pictures) – Nominees to be announced
  • "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix) – Nominees to be announced
  • "The One and Only Ivan" (Disney Plus) – Nominees to be announced
  • "The Outpost" (Chicken Soup for the Soul) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway" (Sony Pictures) – Nominees to be announced
  • "The Prom" (Netflix) – Nominees to be announced
  • "Underwater" (20th Century Studios) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Wendy" (Searchlight Pictures) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros.) – Nominees to be determined†

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The magnificent Dennis Muren has a stellar 6 Oscars in this category which include “The Abyss,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Jurassic Park.” He also 2 Special Achievement Oscars for “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” of the “Star Wars’ series. Gordon Jennings and Ken Ralston have five wins each.

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