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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

UPDATED: Oct. 22, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

With the death of the summer 2020 blockbuster season, the opening of “Tenet” on the big screen may yield rewards from the visual effects branch, who saw the film on the big screen, at least until others like “Wonder Woman 1984” open.

† = 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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Melinda Sue Gordon

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

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

  2. "The Midnight Sky" (Netflix)†
    nominees to be determined

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

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

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

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Courtesy of Universal Pictures

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Death on the Nile" (20th Century Studios)
    Nominees to be determined

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

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

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

  5. "Soul" (Pixar)
    Nominees to be determined>

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IFC Midnight

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

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

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

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

  4. "Voyagers" (Lionsgate)
    Nominees to be determined

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

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

  7. "Cinderella" (Sony Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  8. "Connected" (Sony Pictures)†
    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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Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

ALSO IN CONTENTION:

  1. "Free Guy" (20th Century Studios)
    Nominees to be announced

  2. "Wendy" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Nominees to be announced


  3. "Respect" (United Artists Releasing)
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "Bloodshot" (Sony Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

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

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

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

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

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

  10. "Freaky" (Universal Pictures)
    Nominees to be announced

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. Alan Markfield

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "The Card Counter" (Focus Features) – Nominees to be announced
  • "Fantasy Island" (Sony Pictures) – Nominees to be announced
  • "The Hunt" (Sony Pictures) – Nominees to be announced
  • "The Outpost" (Screen Media Films) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Underwater" (20th Century Studios) – 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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