Oscars Predictions: Best Visual Effects – Is There Room for Multiple Marvel Properties?

Other notable contenders include "Black Widow," "Dune," "Eternals, "The Matrix: Resurrections" and "Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

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Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars and Emmys ceremonies from film awards editor Clayton Davis. Following history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Oscar and Emmy predictions are updated regularly with the current year's list of contenders in all categories. Variety's Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four phases, running all year long: Draft, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post Season. The eligibility calendar and dates of awards will determine how long each phase lasts and is subject to change.

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UPDATED: Jan 13, 2022

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: More commentary to be added.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.

Precursor Awards Leader: “Dune” (Warner Bros)
Awards Circuit Winners Chart (2021-2022) – coming soon
Awards Season Calendar

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VFX shot FINAL Courtesy of Sony Pictures


*not official or finalized
1 “Dune” Warner Bros Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer
2 “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Sony Pictures Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein, Dan Sudick
3 “No Time to Die” MGM/United Artists Releasing Charlie Noble, Chris Corbould
4 Black Widow Marvel Studios Geoffrey Baumann, Dave Hodgins, Craig Hammack, Paul Corbould
5 “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” Sony Pictures Alessandro Ongaro, Sheena Duggal, Aharon Bourland, Pier Lefebvre
6 “The Matrix: Resurrections” Warner Bros Dan Glass, Huw J Evans, Tom Debenham, J.D. Schwalm
7 “Free Guy” 20th Century Studios Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Dan Sudick
8 “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Marvel Studios Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Walker, Dan Oliver
9 “Eternals” Marvel Studios Stephane Ceretti, Daniele Bigi, Matt Aitken, Neil Corbould
10 “Godzilla vs. Kong” Warner Bros John Desjardin, Bryan Hirota, Kevin Smith, Mike Meinardus


The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The most significant Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. 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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About the Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners have been selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Seventeen branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.

  • The date for the 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022