‘Star Wars,’ ‘Thor,’ ‘Planet of the Apes’ Advance in Oscar Visual Effects Race

The 20 films will be cut to 10, and then narrowed down to five nominees

War for the Planet of the Apes

The first step in a three-step process in the Academy Awards’ Best Visual Effects category has ended, with 20 films still in the running for the VFX Oscar.

The contenders include “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “The Shape of Water,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” as well as superhero films (“Wonder Woman,” “Logan,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), the Korean film “Okja” and the live-action “Beauty and the Beast.”

These 20 films will be narrowed down to 10 by the Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, with a second shortlist announced later this month before final voting cuts the field to the five nominees.

Voting on the shortlist will be open to all members of the branch.

The remaining contenders for Best Visual Effects:

“Alien: Covenant”

“Beauty and the Beast”

“Blade Runner 2049”


”Ghost in the Shell”

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

“Justice League”

“Kong: Skull Island”




“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

“The Shape of Water”

“Spider-Man Homecoming”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

“Thor: Ragnarok”

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

“War for the Planet of the Apes”

“Wonder Woman”